The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) represent 17 Goals, which are an urgent call for action for all countries in a global partnership. The Goals recognize the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of solutions that are required to build a sustainable future.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity to achieve the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda led to world leaders calling for a Decade of Action in 2019 to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030, leaving no one behind. 

Higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to advance the SDGs through a broad range of work in research, outreach, teaching, and operations. Western values the importance of our role in working towards the 2030 Agenda, and has taken action across all of the SDGs in various ways. Read our 2020-2021 Sustainable Development Goals report to learn about how we are working towards the UN SDGs.

Each year, the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings assess universities on a global scale against the UN SDGs. The 17 Goals serve as a benchmark for comparison across universities' contributions towards achieving the SDGs. The most recent THE Impact Rankings positions Western in the top 5% amongst over 1,100 universities in 94 countries and regions. For more information, check out THE's 2021 Impact Rankings website.