Based on the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. The agenda includes 17 goals, which together seek to transform the world by meeting the challenges of ending poverty and enhancing social inclusion, while promoting environmental sustainability, peace, good governance, partnerships and economic prosperity for all countries and their people.
The goals set the UN agenda to 2030. The University’s SDG Report 2022 provides examples of a range of initiatives our people are leading in pursuit of the goals.
Some research and education-related metrics are reported under each SDG based on Elsevier’s 2022 SDG Mapping and the University of Auckland’s enhanced approach. This ‘Auckland Approach’ represents the University’s effort to localise SDG mapping to understand SDG activities that are unique to the University of Auckland, our Māori and Pacific communities, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Pacific region.
The University’s Impact on the SDGs
The University of Auckland is ranked top ten globally in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) and top ten in the new Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings for sustainability.
The University Impact Rankings measure the performances of universities against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The new QS rankings measure how universities are taking action to tackle the world’s biggest environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges, including performance against the Sustainable Development Goals.