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A University-wide Challenge

In June 2020, York University launched a University Academic Plan 2020-2025 (UAP), which included an institutional challenge to strengthen York’s contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UAP serves as a blueprint for York University as an agent of positive change in a world facing a convergence of unprecedented crises from pandemics, to climate change, poverty, systemic inequality, and political polarization.

Click on the icons below to learn how York University is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Top 2%

of universities worldwide
for 3 years in a row


globally out of 1,963 universities,
9th in Canada


in the Canada, 2nd in the Canada for SDG 1, No Poverty


in Canada, 33rd in the world for SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities


in Canada, 13th in the world for SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities


in Canada, 30th in the world for SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production


in Canada, 44th in the world for SDG 16, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


in Canada, 35th in the world for SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals


consecutive years as one of Canada’s top 100 greenest employers


in contributions to Ontario economy


students who are first in their family to attend university


global partnerships in 60+ countries

York’s place in the world as a global sustainability leader is evident in the growing impact that our students, staff, faculty and course directors are having through a shared commitment to inclusive excellence, strong local and global partnerships, pedagogical innovation inside and outside of the classroom; and the intensification of our research and creative activities, expanded entrepreneurship activities, knowledge mobilization and innovation. The difference we are making advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demonstrates how individual and collective efforts can change the world.

— Rhonda Lenton 
President and Vice-Chancellor