Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Bold actions for a better future. SFU is dedicated to making an impact on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 

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A research university with global impact

SFU is a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future. Recognizing that universities have a crucial role to play in achieving the SDGs, SFU is making an impact through our leadership and expertise, knowledge generation, education, campus operations and public engagement. 

The Times Higher Education 2023 Impact Rankings place SFU as the world's top university for its global impact on sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), and fifth in the world for climate action (SDG 13).


in the world

Sustainable cities & communities (SDG 11)


in the world

Climate action (SDG 13)


In Canada

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16)

Going the Distance for Race to Zero

SFU has joined the UN-led Race To Zero global campaign to rally for a resilient zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.  

Joining Race To Zero continues SFU's commitment to be a leader for sustainability initiatives and helps set targets for the decade following the end of SFU's Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan and the development of a new 2035 net zero plan. 

17 Goals to Transform our World

The UN SDGs are the world’s call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet and leave no one behind. 

They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must complement strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth—all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

SFU is leading progress on all 17 goals through research, campus operations, community engagement and more.

Working in Tandem with SFU's Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

SFU's action on the UN SDGs go hand-in-hand with SFU's 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, which establishes SFU's sustainability goals, defines SFU's climate action targets and outlines how SFU will take action to achieve them.

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See how SFU is contributing to all 17 SDGs. 

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