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A University-wide Challenge

In June 2020, York University launched its new University Academic Plan 2020-2025 (UAP), which included a university-wide challenge to elevate York’s contributions to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The new UAP serves as a blueprint for action, positioning York University as an agent of positive change in a world facing a convergence of unprecedented trials from climate change, a global pandemic, racism and xenophobia, poverty and inequality. York University’s new UAP is a rallying call for students, faculty and staff to bring their expertise from across disciplines to work together to build new tools and develop strategies and solutions to global challenges.

It is inspiring to see how our faculty, course directors, staff and students are taking action to embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their work as we further our commitment to contributing to positive change on a local and global level.

— Rhonda Lenton 
President and Vice-Chancellor

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The impact rankings 2021 - UN Sustainable Development Goals

Top 6%

of universities worldwide for 3 years in a row


out of 1,118 universities from 94 countries in 2021


in Canada, 27th in the world out of 1,154 universities from 96 countries for SDG 17


in Canada, 24th in the world out of 656 universities from 85 countries for SDG 11

Canada's top 100 greenest employer for

9 consecutive years


students are first in their family to attend university


contributions to Ontario economy


global partnerships in 60+ countries

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

SDGs #1 No Poverty
SDGs #2 Zero Hunger
SDGs #3 Good Health and Well-being
SDGs #4 Quality Education
SDGs #5 Gender Equality
SDGs #6 Clean Water and Sanitation
SDGs #7 Affordable and Clean Energy
SDGs #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDGs #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDGs #10 Reduced Inequalities
SDGs #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDGs #12 Responsible Consuption and Production
SDGs #13 Climate Action
SDGs #14 Life Below Water
SDGs #15 Life on Land
SDGs #16 Peace, Justic and Strong Institutions
SDGs #17 Partnerships for the Goals