UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) leads a system-wide initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Initiative seeks to support and promote transdisciplinary research, teaching, and partnerships to advance sustainable development in Minnesota, the US and the globe through grants, information, and opportunities linked to SDG targets and indicators. The GPS Alliance is partnering with the Office for Public Engagement and other University centers, institutes, and research groups in developing this initiative.


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What are the SDGs?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015 as a 15-year plan for global sustainable development. The SDGs framework includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future and drives efforts at local, national, and global partnership levels. The SDGs offer an inherently integrative and interdisciplinary approach highlighting linkages between ending poverty, improving health and education, and addressing climate change and other environmental degradation.

—The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

What is the UMN SDG Initiative?

The UMN SDG Initiative fosters effective transdisciplinary and multisectoral work tied to the SDGs and promotes the development of new programs and funding streams for this work in order to support measurable progress toward the Goals in Minnesota and beyond.

How can I get involved in the UMN SDG Initiative?

SDG Webinar Series

Panelists share their thoughts and expertise on pertinent issues related to the SDGs, and they discuss actions and solutions that can support our communities in this time of crisis. Webinars are free and open to the public. We also record each webinar and the recordings are available on their respective webpages.

November 19: Clean Water and Sanitation: Water Access in Minnesota Communities

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SDG Collisions

Collisions bring experts together from across the university for each SDG to share ideas and identify potential funding to build programs at UMN to help meet state, national and global needs.

Previous Collisions:

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