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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.

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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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Top 35

in the world out of 1,406 universities

Top 10

in the world for SDG 11 for Sustainable Cities and Communities

Top 10

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

#1

in Canada for SDG 5, Gender Equality

Canada’s Top 100 employers for 10 consecutive years

10 consecutive years

10,839+

students are first in their family to attend university

$4.4B

contributions to Ontario economy

300+

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 Consumption and Production
SDGs #13 Climate Action
SDGs #14 Life Below Water
SDGs #15 Life on Land
SDGs #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDGs #17 Partnerships for the Goals