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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Sustainability is a holistic approach to human development that can help us face some of humanity’s most intractable issues, such as eliminating hunger and poverty, reducing inequalities and protecting the planet.

The University of Ottawa was recently recognized for its commitment to sustainability by The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which highlights institutional contributions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2021, uOttawa had a strong showing in several areas, ranking:


in the U15 and 26th globally in SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


in the U15 and 87th globally in SDG 3: Good health and well-being


in the U15 and 72nd globally in SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Events, Funding & Educational Resources

Showcase your events!
Consider using SDG logos as part of your event promotional tools by sharing them in a post on social media using the following hashtags: #SDGs #IEW2020, #uOttawa, #uOGlobal, #UnitedNations. Don’t forget to tag us @uOttawa and our social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram, as well as LinkedIn!

  • November 17: mapping constraints and solutions for sustainable development issues on campus ([email protected])

Learn more about uOttawa activities!

Funding opportunity research on implementation of the United Nations SDGs – OUI-IOHE (January 16, 2021)

Call for proposals: Case Studies of Climate Change Communication and Education  (January 4, 2021)

Climate Change Guidebook: Decade of Action 

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth

Internationalization of the Curriculum (Professors and Staff)

The United Nations SDG symbol of a wheel broken into 17 parts

How do you contribute to Sustainable Development?

There’s never been a better time to come together to create your own impact in the world! Help build a better tomorrow by sharing your ideas and actions towards a sustainable future for our uOttawa campus, community and beyond!

  • Students (domestic, international, part-time, full-time) 
  • Alumni
  • Professors (all teaching personnel) 
  • Staff (all support staff at uOttawa) 
  • Small changes can make big differences. Living sustainably leads to better personal health, greater prosperity in our communities and a healthier environment.

    Don’t know where to begin? Get inspired here!

    Past winners


    Student, Telfer School of Management
    In the initial concept development phase, this initiative would include creating action groups that would allow students to create pilot projects (micro missions) in their community addressing its more pressing issues. The action groups would be interdisciplinary and be spearheaded by subject matter experts (professors, scholars, community leaders, etc.). The action groups would be a vehicle for real-life learning all while making an actual tangible difference in the community. Their first action will be to call out for micro mission ideas and begin recruiting volunteers and create a database for action groups.
    SDG 17

    a world map in water colours

    uOttawa ranks high for its commitment to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

    The University of Ottawa, represented by President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont, recently joined leaders of 57 other universities from around the world to release a joint statement calling for accelerated action for a more sustainable world.
    Read the article