In all that we do – in our research, our teaching, on our campuses and in our communities – we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our local and global communities and the planet that we share. At every opportunity we will address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The global goals – vital for our future

Achieving the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global goals is critical for protecting the future health and wellbeing of humanity and the planet that we share.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets are focusing worldwide efforts to address extreme poverty, heal our degraded planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

The global goals are an urgent call for action. Through your individual actions and our collective efforts to advance planetary health and the SDGs, we are making a difference.

Read about our commitment to the SDGs.

Recent contributions to the goals

Search VU initiatives by goal

Efforts to advance the SDGs towards their 2030 targets are underway across VU’s teaching and research activities, in our campus operations and in our external partnerships. Select a goal to discover examples of  these activities.

VU's SDG impact rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings measure the impact universities across the globe are having on society, through the lens of the SDGs.

In 2022, 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions were assessed based on their research, teaching and learning, outreach, engagement and stewardship.

VU was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide and ranked 13th for Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6) out of 634 globally ranked institutions; 32nd for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16) out of 809 globally ranked institutions; 41st for Quality Education (SDG4) out of 1180 globally ranked institutions; and 65th for Partnership for the Goals (SDG17) out of 1438 globally ranked institutions.

THE impact rankings SDG6 clean water and sanitation, Top 20 logo