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SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The Global Goals can only be met if we work together.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Goal 17 is about fostering global partnerships, international investments, and support to ensure innovative technological development, fair trade and market access, especially for developing countries. To build a better world, we need to be supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate and, above all, cooperative.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Indigenous Metaverse joins UNESCO’s campaign to promote and protect Indigenous languages

Pictured here: York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton engages with Biskaabiiyaang: The Indigenous Metaverse.

Biskaabiiyaang: The Indigenous Metaverse joined the global community for UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages, 2022-2032, along with more than 1,400 other organizations that are working towards protecting Indigenous languages worldwide. Biskaabiiyaang shared Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) resources and will also contribute stories, tools and research for metaverse learning as the project continues. These materials are produced by a network of First Nations Elders, Anishinaabe community members, the Indigenous Youth Council and partners including the Nokiiwin Tribal Council, York University and UniVirtual.



partners who support education with low & lower middle-income countries on the SDGs:  

  • Ontario high schools  
  • Universities Canada   
  • Government of Canada  
  • Nippon Foundation   


collaborative SDG-oriented education programs with local and global partners, including the Cross-Campus Capstone and Go Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge 


in external funding between 2020-2022 to leverage AI, Big Data and fight pandemics in and with the global south


MOUs with global partners in 2021-2022 (up from 345 in 2020-21)


joint collaborations with intergovernmental organizations, including the WHO, UNESCO, UNITAR, UNECE & the G7


memberships in regional, national and global bodies including: 

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network: A Global Initiative for the United Nations 
  • The International Association of Universities 
  • Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum 
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities 
  • Council of Ontario Universities  
  • Universities Canada 
  • Hemispheric University Consortium  
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education 


publications published through international collaboration in 2022


current and emerging partners that York will collaborate with to support refugees, involuntarily displaced students, and students from low & lower-middle income countries financially: 

  • Kenyatta University  
  • Daughters for Life   
  • Canada and Latin America Research & Exchange Opportunities 
  • World University Service of Canada 
  • TMU Lifeline Syria Challenge  
  • Open Society   
  • UNHCR Kenya  
  • Windle International Kenya  
  • African Higher Education in Emergencies Network (AHEEN)  
  • University of Health and Allied Sciences 


Partnering to expand hospital leadership capacity
Glendon College launches Indigenous Cultural Competency and Trauma-Informed Training