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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Committed to overcoming the world’s most pressing challenges

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A framework for action

The United Nations developed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after a years-long consultation process.

Approved in 2015, the SDGs provide a call to action and game plan for promoting prosperity while protecting the planet.

Concordia is committed to joining this effort and using the goals as a framework for continued action in support of sustainable development in our community and throughout the world.

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The 2020 SDGs Preliminary Report provides an overview of current research and initiatives at Concordia in support of the Global Goals.

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University impact and the SDGs

The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings measure university contributions to the SDGs.

In 2020, Concordia placed in the 101–200 category overall among the 766 institutions ranked internationally. 

In terms of contributions to individual SDGs, Concordia is number one in Canada in the Quality Education category, and in two areas — Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action — we’re tops in Quebec, top five in Canada and top 20 in the world.

Across our campuses, students, faculty and staff are undertaking a broad range of SDG-related teaching, research, engagement, innovation and operational activities. The Global Goals help us orient our long-term vision as a next-generation university, and spur us to collective action to secure a sustainable future.


Read the summary of Concordia’s UN Sustainable Development Goals commitment.

The Voluntary University Review (VUR) is a process focused on determining how best to maximize our impact and engagement as a university in alignment with the Global Goals.

The process is launching with a community survey in spring 2021 and will continue during the 2021-22 academic year. The VUR steering committee includes the following individuals:

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