Agenda 2030

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The global goals for sustainable development

The global goals for sustaianble development

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Our world is facing critical sustainability challenges. In response, the UN has drawn up Agenda 2030 with its 17 sustainable development goals. These goals are to contribute to development that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. It is the UN ambition that all goals should be achieved in all countries of the world by 2030. They are related not only to climate and environmental objectives, but also to finding solutions to poverty, ill-health and inequality.

Sustainable development has a strong profile at Linköping University, and we are well prepared to continue our work with these challenges. Our long experience of collaboration and the ability to work across traditional subject boundaries have brought us to a place in which a major part of university operations is already focussed on solving problems and meeting challenges.

Linköping University carries out research and knowledge dissemination relevant to all of the sustainable development goals, with some areas in which we are particularly strong. LiU has considerable activity and publishes many scientific articles related to the following goals:

  • Goal 3: good health and well-being
  • Goal 7: affordable and clean energy
  • Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13: climate action.

LiU's strategic work with the environment towards fulfilling Agenda 2030 is largely located within an environmental management system. In order to improve our environmental achievements, we work with three target areas: increased knowledge about sustainable development, limited climate impact, and more efficient use of natural resources.

Some good examples from LiU’s environmental commitment are:

• The carbon offsetting fund. For all travel by air, LiU allocates funds that are distributed to various
initiatives to reduce the energy consumption or other environmental impact of the university.

  • Återbruket. This activity acts to bring a lot of unused furniture to new users.
  • Green sections – a diploma system for student sections that adapt their operations in an eco-friendly manner.
  • The digital and physical environmental exhibition Walk the Talk at Campus Valla and Campus Norrköping.

LiU has also joined Klimatramverket, in which institutions of higher education commit to reducing the impact on the climate from their own operations and contributing to society in general being able to reach objectives in the field.

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