The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a remarkable and unique common platform where organisation, civil society and government representatives can contribute and collaborate to tackle the biggest challenges our society faces.
The SDGs were agreed by all countries at the United Nations in September 2015 and came into effect in January 2016. The 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators are part of a broad agenda that provides a set of clear measurable targets to improve sustainability performance globally. These goals were developed based on the pillars of: protecting our natural resources and climate for future generations; ensuring dignity, equality and prosperity; fostering peace and inclusive societies; and promoting partnerships.
We support, promote and contribute to the SDGS through:
Learning and Teaching - Equipping the next generation with skills, knowledge and understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities.
Governance and Operations - Making sustainability an organisational priority, incorporating best practices of sustainability management into our business and regularly monitoring and reporting on our contributions to the SDGS.
Research - Progressing research that advances the sustainable development agenda.
- Leadership - Use our expertise, leadership and capabilities to promote the SDGs and drive change to achieve them.
RMIT-wide SDGs project
RMIT, represented by its Sustainability Committee, is currently undertaking an ambitious and innovative project to raise awareness of the SDGS across the academic areas of the University and demonstrating our capabilities in partnering with industry, government and community to achieve them.
The RMIT-wide SDGs Project, initiated in June 2018, aims to improve University accountability in relation to its contributions to the SDGs. To do so, an innovative approach has been undertaken to map, measure and communicate our contributions to the SDGs. This will be reported annually through our website and sustainability report.
The project supports the efforts that educational institutions are making to deliver the goals, demonstrate their impact and support the sustainable development agenda internationally and nationally.
To express our commitment to transform RMIT into an organisation that models institution-wide excellence in response to local, national and international calls for education to play an influential role in helping shape a sustainable future, we made a publicly commitment through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The RMIT Commitment to the SDGs can be viewed here.
We are part of the SDSN Australian/Pacific initiative to engage universities to support and contribute to the SDGs and agreed to:
Support and promote the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Undertake research that provides solutions to sustainable development challenges.
Provide the educational opportunity for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.
Contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring our campuses and major programs are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.
Report on our activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We recognise the enormous challenges the world faces to build a sustainable future, as well as the importance of the SDGs in driving change and channelling efforts and resources to construct a more sustainable planet.
SDGs Related News
SDGs Dialogue Series: Goal 9
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting a SDG 9 seminar on 29 October 2019.
DisruptED 2019: Learning & Teaching Conference
RMIT hosted two panel discussions at DisruptED 2019 Learning & Teaching Conference that explored employability skills and the future of leaning and teaching.
Victorian Government’s circular economy discussion paper
RMIT University sustainability experts comment on Victorian Government’s circular economy discussion paper.
Event: SDGs Dialogue Series
Be inspired by leaders across RMIT who are making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting a SDG 8 seminar on 24 August 2019.
Panel discussion - Building synergies across the SDGs
Experts from RMIT University will lead a panel discussion on innovation for sustainability in waste, food and cities. The event will take place as part of the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP 2019) in October in Barcelona.
Melbourne Global Goals Jam 2019
This year RMIT Sustainability, RMIT Activator, DesignThinkers Group Australia, Yarra Riverkeeper and Banksia Foundation are collaborating to deliver the Melbourne Global Goals Jam.
RMIT SDGs study tour in Barcelona
Students on an RMIT Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) study tour in Barcelona have developed strategies to tackle urban heat – a growing challenge for cities around the world as urban populations increase.
Measuring Impact: How business accelerates the SDGs
The GCNA and RMIT are hosting a roundtable discussion on the SDGs - the various reporting trends and frameworks, the results of research into how the top ASX150 are reporting on the SDGs, how business can track and measure progress against the SDGs and hear from sectoral leaders on the SDGs.
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting a SDG 7 seminar on 27 August 2019.
Pedagogy in the Pub: Race and racism, the SDGs and the 'global learning crisis' with Arathi Sriprakash - event series
At this session of Pedagogy at the Pub, we consider how matters of race and racism have been treated within the SDGs, focusing on education and the ‘global learning crisis’.
SDGs Public lecture by Professor Ben Cashore (Yale/NUS)
Public lecture by Professor Ben Cashore (Yale/NUS) titled "Overcoming the Tragedy of the Good Governance Norm Complex: Towards Effective Implementation of the Global Sustainable Development Agenda."
SDG@RMIT Transformation Platform
A new report explores ways of deepening and leveraging RMIT's engagement with SDGs.
Achieving the SDGs: Evaluating indicators to be used to benchmark and monitor progress towards creating healthy and sustainable cities.
A new journal article examines the extent to which the UN indicators will help cities evaluate their efforts to deliver sustainability and health outcomes
SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting a SDG 6 seminar on 30 July 2019.
One Planet Network
RMIT Co-Leads the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme.
RMIT is partnering with the Australian Association of Social Workers for an SDGs focused placement
RMIT is partnering with the Australian Association of Social Workers to undertake a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Work Integrated Learning placement opportunity.
Pedagogy in the Pub: Young People, Education and the Arts of Living in the Anthropocene with Aviva Ree
"Pedagogy in the Pub" is a series of discussions where invited speakers critically engage with the SDGs. The June speaker will be interdisciplinary visual ecologist, Aviva Reed.
SDG 5 Gender Equality - Seminar Series
This EU Centre seminar series focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
SDGs project funded under the 2019 Capability Development Fund
"A round table on developing an innovative performance measurement and reporting framework for UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)", led by Prof. Nava Subramaniam, is one of the thirteen projects funded under the 2019 Capability Development Fund (CDF) scheme.
Implementing the UN SDGs in Universities
A new article points out the crucial role the education sector can play to support, promote and contribute to achieving all of the 17 United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Measuring University SDGs impact
A new article of Angel Calderon discusses the University Impact Rankings 2019 published by Times Higher Education to measure the extent to which universities are working towards fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Assessing the evolution of Victoria's environmental portfolio
A new report of Dr Brian Coffey contributes to a better understanding of Victoria’s environment portfolio, how it has evolved, and how it might be improved.
RMIT Green Impact Engagement Program
As RMIT's Sustainability Week draws to a close, join the RMIT Sustainability Team to officially kick-off Green Impact for 2019.
Supporting the implementation of SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda
RMIT is one of the partner universities sharing its contributions to the SDGs and supporting the implementation of SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda (NUA).
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals from the Ground Up
You are invited to attend 'Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the Ground Up', a lecture and interactive sharing on SDGs activities by RMIT champions.
GGEC19 Global Gender Economics Conference
The second Global Gender Economics Conference (GGEC19) combines both Industry and Academic perspectives on Gender Economics. The theme of this year's conference is Resilience and Sustainability.
Understanding Child Labour in Agriculture
The Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University is hosting a workshop on Understanding Child Labour in Agriculture on 8th – 9th April 2019. The workshop will be held at RMIT’s Melbourne Campus in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.
Were Queensland fire danger indices historically high for early September?
RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Andrew Sturgess' claim that we're never seen fire danger indices, at this time of year, as we're seeing now.
Have emissions fallen since 2005, and are they the lowest they've ever been, as Liberal MP Katie Allen says?
Fact Check investigates whether Liberal MP Katie Allen is correct in claiming emissions have fallen since 2005, and that they are the lowest they have ever been.
Challenges for design educators in the humanitarian sector: Insights from global experts
A discussion of professional and teaching challenges was raised by European and Australian academics during a recent Design, Disaster and Development Research Forum at RMIT Europe.
European funding award for plus energy housing
RMIT is a partner in a €9.6M European funded research project that will see the build and demonstration of plus energy housing in France, Germany, Norway and Italy.