In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a “blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” At the heart of this agenda are 17 interconnected sustainable development goals (SDGs) that serve as an urgent call to action for all countries to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.
Universities and other higher education institutions play a critical role in helping society achieve the SDGs through research, teaching and learning, partnerships, and campus operations. Across the country, Canadian universities are responding to this challenge and advancing the SDGs both at their institutions and in collaboration with local, national, and international partners.
The objective of this toolkit is to collect information and links on existing frameworks, networks, and tools to provide a repository of relevant resources related to the university sector and its engagement with the SDGs. The information contained herein is not exhaustive and instead provides an illustrative list of targeted resources and initiatives designed to support Universities Canada members looking to launch or deepen their efforts to advance the SDGs.