Ideas for a brighter future for all

Sustainable Development Goals

We live in the most technologically advanced era in human history—but for all its progress, our world still faces major challenges. In developed and developing countries alike, everyday people contend with globally significant issues such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and the pursuit of peace and justice. To respond to these challenges, the United Nations has devised a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, the UN describes them as ‘the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’. More than that, they are an urgent call to action for all countries, and recognise that the issues they address are interconnected. Ending poverty, for instance, must go hand in hand with improving education and health care. Likewise, strategies to ensure economic prosperity must also address gender inequalities alongside the issues of climate change, peace, and justice.

 Join Griffith Vice Chancellor, Professor Carolyn Evans, and a range of experts from the University’s community, to explore the SDGs and understand what must be done to address them and how we can learn from the work already being carried out around the world.

Professor Carolyn Evans
Griffith Vice Chancellor, Professor Carolyn Evans
SDGs Explained #3

SDG 3 Good health and well-being

Maintaining our health and quality of life is important to each of us and important to all of us as a society. While this issue has been brought into stark relief globally with the COVID-19 pandemic, across the world, for centuries, people have battled everything from outbreaks of infectious diseases to chronic health problems. The third of United Nations Sustainable Development goals is focused specifically on the aim of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being in people of all ages.

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Sustainable cities and communities

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The world is becoming increasingly urbanised, and the population is constantly growing. Today, more than half of us live in cities, placing them at the forefront of some of our biggest challenges — from public health to climate change.  

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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Inequalities, based on issues such as gender, disability, age, race, income and opportunity, persist across the world — both within and between countries. Beyond the very real impacts that inequalities have on people’s day to day lives, they limit social and economic development, and reduce our ability to effectively address global crises. 

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Global Partnerships

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development. UN Sustainable Development Goals can can only be met through collaboration. Investments and support is needed to ensure innovative technological development, fair trade and market access is achieved.

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Flooded houses

SDG 13: Climate Action

There is no country in the world that is not seeing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.

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Parliament House, Canberra

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16 aims to build strong and just institutions in support of peaceful and inclusive societies around the world by 2030. It promotes the rule of law, transparency, accountability, good governance, and ensuring equal access to justice and strengthening human rights.

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