UN Sustainable Development Goals

IUPUI's vision is to be a leading urban research institution recognized for the success of its students, its advances in health and life sciences, and its intellectual, economic, and cultural contributions to the well-being of the citizens of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond. In fulfilling that vision, our efforts must be nested in addressing the most challenging problems of our time.  The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a compelling framework by which IUPUI can live its vision on campus, in our local community, and beyond.

The SDGs are a universal call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of people across the globe.  We must work cooperatively to achieve meaningful progress. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

What are the SDGs?

"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests."

IUPUI Sustainability supports the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Advisory Committee

Created by and housed in the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, the SDG Advisory Committe is a cross-section of IUPUI leaders - representing students, faculty, staff, and administration - committed to leading IUPUI's strategy for accelerating the integration of the UN SDGs in the work of the campus.

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Reporting: THE Impact Rankings

IUPUI Sustainability leads reporting on IUPUI's performance in advancing the SDGs via the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings report.  THE Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the SDGs by using carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across research, outreach, and stewardship.

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SDG Global Conversations

The Office of International Affairs hosts monthly conversations across nations help to build partnerships and move us towards a shared future of global connection.

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SDG Researchers at IUPUI

As a research institute, many of IUPUI's faculty are working across the SDG goals to contribute to a body of work that advances the UN SDG agenda.

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US ranking: #3
World ranking #70



US ranking: #4
World ranking #63

SDG 10


US ranking: #3
World ranking #43

SDG 16


US ranking: #4
World ranking #54