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The UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Coloured Sustainable Goals logo without UN emblem

What are the UN SDGs?

In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This serves as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for the people and the planet, now and into the future.

Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 1-No Poverty icon in colour

1. No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere


UN SDG 2-Zero hunger icon in colour

2. Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


UN SDG 3-Good health and wellbeing icon in colour

3. Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


UN SDG 4-Quality education icon in colour

4. Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


UN SDG 5-Gender equality icon in colour

5. Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


UN SDG 6-Clean water and sanitation icon in colour

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


UN SDG 7-Affordable and clean energy icon in colour

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all


UN SDG 8-Decent work and economic growth icon in colour

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


UN SDG 9-Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure icon in colour.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


UN SDG 10-Reduced inequalities icon in colour

10. Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries


UN SDG 11-Sustainable cities and communities icon in colour

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


UN SDG 12-Responsible consumption and production icon in colour

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


UN SDG 13-Climate action icon in colour

13. Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*


UN SDG 14-Life below water icon in colour

14. Life below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


UN SDG 15-Life on land icon in colour

15. Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


UN SDG 16-Peace, justice, and strong institutions icon in colour

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


UN SDG 17-Partnerships for the goals icon in colour

17. Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


The UN Sustainable Development Goals website

Sources of images

The Sustainable Goals logo with no UN emblem and the SDG icons are used for educational purposes. They were sourced from the UN Sustainable Development website.

How can my publications be attributed to the SDGs?

By framing, using, or incorporating the SDGs in your research you will be able to promote your work as being aligned with the SDGs.

Incorporating SDGs as keywords in your research outputs helps to demonstrate how UniSC is supporting these goals by highlighting UniSC research linked to the SDGs.

The best way to attribute the SDGs in publications is to use the SDG keywords in the title, abstract and free text of your work along with tagging them upon publication submission.

For more information on the actual SDG keywords, please take a look at this project from University of Auckland and Elsevier that provides a keyword dictionary for each SDG.

For more information please contact your Liaison Librarian.

Library Support

UniSC Library

Your library supports the SDGs through awareness of what are the UN SDGs and assisting researchers with keyword matching in publications. One tool we use in the research space is SciVal.

Libraries role in addressing the SDGs

Libraries across the world have played a role in addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals from assisting countries with reporting on their progress to educating the public. Academic libraries in Australia tend to focus on the SDGs of 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender equality), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions). We do this by advocating for the adoption of affordable learning practices in our curriculum, the publishing of research through Open Access, and the promotion of Open Science.

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