UQ signs on to United Nations sustainability goals

11 October 2022

The University of Queensland has become a formal signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, laying a strong foundation to implement the UQ-wide Sustainability Strategy. 

Becoming a signatory to the UN goals builds on UQ’s sustainability record in both research and operational pursuits, recognised with a Silver STARS rating in 2021. 

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the University was committed to creating change at both a local level and on a global scale. 

“UQ has joined other government bodies, businesses and organisations around the world to make a public commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges,” Professor Terry said.    

“We have an important role to play in shaping the future by developing the next generation of leaders and encouraging them to consider how they can contribute to sustainable development. 

“Our diverse range of educational and research programs means that we’re at the forefront of seeking solutions to sustainability issues.” 

The UQ Sustainability Strategy was published in April 2022, outlining the University’s vision to achieve outcomes across 17 themes, such as teaching and learning, research and innovation, food and dining, transport, waste, equity, wellbeing, and community. 

The themes demonstrate the strategy’s alignment with the UN SDG framework, incorporating economic, environmental, and social priorities to achieve lasting impact. 

The goals are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all member states of the United Nations.