The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a common platform where organisation, civil society and government representatives can contribute to solving the world’s biggest sustainable development challenges.
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.
RMIT's SDG journey
The education sector has a vital role to play in addressing the critical global sustainable challenges. RMIT recognises the important role the education sector can play in promoting, supporting and contributing to the SDGs agenda. To express our commitment to transform RMIT into an organisation that models institution-wide excellence in response to calls for education to play an influential role in shaping a sustainable future, we made a publicly commitment in 2017 through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to support, promote and contribute to the SDGs.
As the governing body responsible for sustainability at the University, the RMIT Sustainability Committee ensures RMIT delivers on our commitment to the objectives of the SDGs, through supporting and encouraging collaboration, innovation and engagement across the RMIT community. To ensure the ongoing priority of the SDGs across the University, RMIT’s Sustainability Committee reports directly to the Vice Chancellor's Executive (VCE) . As part of this, in 2018 RMIT employed a dedicated Sustainable Development advisor to oversee an institution-wide approach to maximise RMIT's contribution to the SDGs and improve accountability and collaboration. In 2019 the Vice-ChanceIlor”s Executive agreed to demonstrate global leadership by embedding the SDGs into relevant processes, policies, practices and the next five-year strategy.
RMIT employs the SDGs as its sustainability framework to demonstrate our global leadership and genuine sustainability commitments. Which means that, since becoming a signatory of the SDGs agenda in 2017, RMIT has been embedding the SDGs into its strategies, processes policies and practices including curriculum, research, governance and operations. RMIT is currently using the SDGs to guide RMIT's strategy development in 2021 and has made the SDGs the overarching focus of its strategic plan.
RMIT’s Impact on the SDGs
Now in its third year, the THE Impact Rankings were designed to showcase progress against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by measuring a university’s environmental, social and economic impact. Standout results across the SDGs included the University being placed 2nd in the world for its efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10) and 3rd for strengthening partnerships for the goals (SDG 17). RMIT ranked 5th in the world for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth for the second consecutive year, 13th for SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and 23rd for SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.
The University rose 18 places to be ranked 40th for SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and was ranked 84th for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
As part of our commitments to the global 2030 sustainable development agenda, RMIT is proud to publish an annual SDG Impact report. This report, together with the RMIT Sustainability Annual Report, is central to the University’s commitment to transparency regarding the impact of teaching and learning, research and operations on the environment, global and local economies and society.
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.
SDGs Related News
Young Pioneers Case Competition 2021
AIESEC in partnership with RMIT invites RMIT students to be part of the Young Pioneers Case Competition 2021. Young Pioneers is a 2-week case competition focused on building cross-cultural understanding, SDGs practical learning and a global network for participants of the program. Registration closes on 30th June 2021.
SDGs Seminar Series 2021 – SDGs placement
This session explores an SDGs focused student placement at the Australian Association of Social Workers, in partnership with RMIT University. Based on the Voluntary Local Review model, but applied to Non-Government Organisations, students on placement reviewed the AASW’s policy actions and their contribution to the SDGs, including recommending and implementing strategies for future work.
RMIT announced number three globally in SDGs Impact Rankings
RMIT has been ranked number three overall in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. This ranking access universities contributions to the SDGs.
Sustainable Development Goals Seminar Series 2021
The Centre for Urban Research and Social and Global Studies Centre invite you to join our seminar series exploring the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for this series is Partnerships for the Goals.
UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum - Free tickets
We are giving 5 tickets to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and research students (PhD and Research Master’s students) to attend the online UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum on 20th and 21st April 2021.
Smart and Sustainable Specialisation Strategies event
The EU Center at RMIT invites you to be part of the free online event “Smart and Sustainable Specialisation Strategies for Regional Development"
SDGs Interview Series with: Professor Ralph Horne
In the first of a series of interviews looking at how RMIT is supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Professor Ralph Horne talks to us about his involvement with the SDGs and how his work is influenced by them.
Call for Papers for March 2021 Conference on the SDGs
The Jean Monnet Network on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia Pacific invites abstract submissions for the conference: Europe, the Asia Pacific and the Global Transformation Agenda.
Jean Monnet SDG Network Graduate and ECR Workshop
The EU Centre at RMIT invites graduate students and early career researchers to be part of the Jean Monnet SDG Network Graduate and ECR Workshop.
SDGs Impact Report
RMIT recognises the important role the education sector can play not only supporting the SDGs agenda, but actually promoting and contributing to the achievement of all 17 Goals. As part of our commitments to the global 2030 sustainable development agenda, RMIT is proud to publish its first SDG Impact report.
Policy Brief Launch on 23 November 2020
Please join us for the online launch of the Critical Policy Brief: Transitioning Young People to Education and Employment through Arts-based Social Enterprises.
The future of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development Post COVID-19
To mark United Nations Day this year, the Social and Global Studies Centre is bringing together experts from international organisations, government, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities for pursuing the SDGs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Balancing Economic & Socio-Ecological Regional Innovation online event
The RMIT EU Centre invites you to this online event on smart specialisation and foundational economy approaches to regional development. This event develops further the conceptualisation of smart specialisation as a resource for addressing societal missions such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
State of Play: Circularity in the built environment
Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is part of the SBC group working on regional reports to understand the state of play of circularity in the built environment sector.
Graduate Student and Early Career SDGs online Workshop
The RMIT EU Centre has announced a new workshop for graduate students and early career researchers aimed at making sense of the emerging place of the SDGs.
SDG 17 – Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT continues its 2020 program with an exploration of SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities
The RMIT SDGs Project is one of the case studies included in the Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
Affordable Circular Housing Webinar
Join RMIT's Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga and Dr Mittul Vahnavati at this event which will focus on circularity in the housing sector in relation to material use, design considerations, technology and affordability.
SDG Measurement and Disclosure 2.0: A study of ASX150 companies
A new report from RMIT University and the United Nations Association of Australia has revealed a rising trend in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals by Australia’s top 150 companies, but the quality of disclosure remains lacking.
Sustainability Annual Report 2019
RMIT is proud to release its Sustainability Annual Report 2019. This report highlights our commitments to being a sustainable organisation and incorporates the SDGs as part of our sustainability reporting process.
Entrepreneurship Week rolling in
Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) invites the RMIT community to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. This year, it aims to innovate solutions through a circular economy lens for a more sustainable Victoria.
RMIT EU Centre presents SDGS work being undertaken by members and associates of the European Union-funded Jean Monnet Network
This edition of the PIMA Bulletin is guest-edited by researchers at RMIT University, Australia, and presents a snapshot of work being undertaken by members and associates of the European Union-funded Jean Monnet Network, which is based in the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University.
SDG 15 - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT continues its 2020 program with a seminar exploring the Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Sebastian Cordoba, Lecturer and industry fellow at RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, has published a report in partnership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
RMIT at the High-Level Political Forum 2020
Roberto (Robbie) Guevara, Associate Professor in International Development at RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, is moderating an interesting side event at the High-Level Political Forum 2020 on Global Citizenship Education on 14 July 2020.
Operationalising SDG 16
Dr Charles T. Hunt (Social and Global Studies Centre) was lead author on recently launched government Field Handbook entitled ‘From Principle to Practice: Protecting Civilians in Violent Contexts’ in partnership with the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) on behalf of the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC).
SDG 13 - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT continues its 2020 program with an exploration of Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.
Moving from the Millennium to the Sustainable Development Goals
The recent book “Moving from the Millennium to the Sustainable Development Goals” edited by A/Prof Sefa Awaworyi Churchill (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing) evaluates the factors that contributed to the success or failure of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the SDGs.
The role of the built environment sector in tackling the SDGs
A presentation by RMIT Emeritus Professor Colin Fudge on the development of a Transformational Plan for the Global Built Environment Sector.
RMIT is number one in the world for SDG 10
RMIT has been ranked number one in the world for its efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries in the Times Higher Education (THE) SDGs Impact Rankings released today. RMIT also ranked 10th overall, rocketing up from 82nd place in 2019.
SDG 12 – Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT continues its 2020 program with an exploration of Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
Sustainability and Circularity Workshop
RMIT and the Sustainability Supply Chain School hosted a workshop on circular economy at RMIT University on Tuesday 25 February 2020. The workshop looked at strategy, models and funding to support and help industry better engage with and benefit from circular economy.
RMIT co-leading a Workshop on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities during the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnership Forum
RMIT is a partner of the 2020 UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum. The forum will bring together organisations and individuals across business, civil society, academia and government who are leading in building and supporting sustainable partnerships to progress the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Policy Dialogue: Implementing the UN Global Agenda
You are invited to join partners from Australia (EU Centre at RMIT and Australian National University), Scotland (University of Glasgow) and New Zealand (NCRE University of Canterbury) in a Policy Dialogue to explore ways of supporting collaboration and cohesive approaches to the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, as articulated in the 17 SDGs.
From Ballarat to Bangkok: How can cross-sectorial partnerships around the Sustainable Development Goals accelerate urban liveability?
A new article published in the Cities and Health Journal explores the question, “How and in what way can the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda be invoked in urban projects in order to deliver liveability and sustainability beyond ‘business-as-usual?”
SDG 11 – Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting an SDG 11 seminar on 25th February 2020. This seminar focusses on SDG 11 and offers an opportunity to explore the intent of the goal, its targets, and some of the initiatives being undertaken to deliver on the targets.
Examining university engagement with the SDG agenda panel
We invite you to join us at the Examining university engagement with the SDG agenda session.
RMIT hosted a SDGs workshop with internal stakeholders to further discuss priorities and actions to promote and coordinate SDGs activities across the university to maximise SDGs influence and impact. This workshop aimed to deliver on RMIT’s public commitments to the global sustainable development agenda.
SDG 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries - Seminar Series
The European Union Centre at RMIT is hosting a SDG 10 seminar on 26 November 2019.
SDG Measurement and Disclosure By ASX150 - Research Report
This research report, which is a collaboration between RMIT and the Global Compact Network Australia, provides an analysis on how the SDGs are measured and disclosed in their annual and/or sustainability reports by the top 150 Australian public-listed companies (ASX150).
Operationalising your SDG Research - Workshop
The Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals Network is presenting a series of workshops for graduate students and early career researchers (broadly defined) aimed at making sense of the emerging place of the SDGs in universities.
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.
Biodesign: Students create award-winning PPE made from aquatic weed
A cleverly-designed medical gown made from an aquatic weed has been receiving major accolades, giving its student creators hope the world is ready for change powered by bio and circular design.
When passion for science shared between generations leads to a home away from home
Like groups of elements on the periodic table, chemistry runs in the family for Exciton Science's Dr Nastaran Meftahi.
New Siemens Digital Energy TestLab launched at RMIT
RMIT and Siemens have announced a new Digital Energy TestLab that’ll allow students and researchers to simulate intelligent electrical systems for smart cities in a Victorian first.
Moving towards a circular economy for more sustainable housing
RMIT urban researchers will lead a pioneering project examining how Australia’s housing sector can transition to a circular economy for more sustainable homes.