17 SDG

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. 

SDG Accord

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. 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.

President signing the Accord

Coalition 2030

NUI Galway is a member of the Coalition 2030; an alliance of over 60 leading international and local civil society organisations working towards upholding Ireland's commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, both in Ireland and Internationally. The coalition is made up of 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.