United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations convened to update the Millennium Development Goals to develop and articulate a new set of global grand challenges.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were selected to focus global efforts to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure health for all. Members of the Rutgers community are conducting research, offering classes and coordinating service engagement related to many of the 17 SDGs. 

 

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Definitions

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Definitions

What are the 17 SDGs, and how were they established?

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Faculty Activities and Centers

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Faculty Activities and Centers

Rutgers faculty are conducting or have conducted research and teaching projects that address global challenges and align with one or more of the 17 SDGs. 

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Undergraduate Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

Rutgers students have more than 100 majors and 200 graduate programs to choose from, and many courses across disciplines offer educational content related to the 17 SDGs.

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Graduate Courses

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Graduate Courses

Rutgers students have more than 100 majors and 200 graduate programs to choose from, and many courses across disciplines offer educational content related to the 17 SDGs.

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Study Abroad

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Study Abroad

Rutgers Global facilitates study abroad and service-learning abroad programs related to the 17 SDGs. 

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On-Campus Events

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On-Campus Events

Throughout the academic year, Rutgers units host many events such as lectures and film screenings related to one or more of the 17 UN SDGs. See our calendar for a list of upcoming events related to th...

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End poverty, protect the planet, ensure health for all

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