The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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At NUI Galway we recognise the critical role that universities must play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We recognise that the SDGs are the blueprint for a sustainable future and we are committed to the SDGs at an institutional level. Delivering sustainable development is central to our new strategic plan; Shared Vision, Shaped by Values. The Plan presents sustainability as one of four pillars with ten associated Flagship Action across the university mission.  NUI Galway has signed the SDG Accord, demonstrating our commitment at an institutional level to embed the SDGs into our education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities. We affirm our ambitions in sustainability through our NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy. Using our Learn-Live-Lead model we are addressing sustainability from environmental, social and economic perspectives.  We demonstrate leadership in the achievement of the SDGs by promoting sustainability scholarship, social justice, human rights and global citizenship as graduate and staff attributes; by embedding sustainability in operations and investments and by building sustainable partnerships with communities.  An overall analysis of NUI Galway’s research output  aligned to the UN SDGs between 2015 and 2020 was carried  out by the Planning & Institutional Research Office in September 2020

Pres signing SDG Accord

Coalition 2030

NUI Galway is a member of the Coalition 2030 which is an alliance of over 60 leading international and local civil society organisations working towards upholding Irelands commitment to achieving the SDGs both in Ireland and Internationally by 2030. The coalition is made up of both international and domestic NGOs along with youth organisations, environmental groups, academics, and trade unions. Coalition 2030 members collaborate in advocacy for effective implementation of the
SDGs and to monitor the Irish government’s compliance with its responsibilities as a signatory to the plan.

Global Challenges University Alliance

NUI Galway is a member of the Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) which is an initiative that gathers the leading universities on every continent around issues
of food security, bio-energy, sustainable urban development and climate. The partner universities work together to gather greater knowledge and translate knowledge into
relevant action, to meet the global SDG challenges.