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The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.   

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1. No Poverty​

  • The impact of poverty and/or food supply chains

  • Measuring and understanding poverty

  • Advancing social protections or old age protections

  • Measuring or reducing unemployment rates

  • Addressing job security

  • Universal (digital) identity cards

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2. No Hunger

  • Reducing food waste

  • Reducing food insecurity

  • Creating sustainable food systems/agriculture

  • Reducing obesity

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3. Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Reducing traffic accidents

  • Reducing premature preventive disease

  • Reducing infant mortality rates and/or maternal mortality rates

  • Reducing inequalities in health

  • Reducing tobacco use

  • Tackling mental health issues

  • Preventing the spread of infectious disease

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4. Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • Reducing disparities in learning outcomes

  • Improving lifelong learning

  • Early childhood development

  • Reducing disparities or unequal access to quality education

  • Education related to STEM

  • Education related to the SDGs

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5. Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Gender equality/trafficking in persons/female genital mutilation/child marriage

  • Gender equality in the work place

  • Gender equality in educational institutions (including through sports)

  • Preventing or reducing violence against women

  • Unpaid care and domestic work

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6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management water and sanitation for all

  • Increasing access to clean water

  • Improving water management systems

  • Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bottles and/or straws

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7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

  • Addressing energy poverty

  • Increasing access to or developing forms of renewable energy

  • Using renewable energy

  • Increasing energy efficiency

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8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, sustainable economic growth, full and productive work, and decent work for all

  • The future of work and workers in increasing economic opportunity

  • Combating human trafficking

  • Reducing youth unemployment and/or increasing youth inclusion 

  • Measuring Gross Value Added to the economy

  • Improving access to fair financial services

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9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Build infrastructure,  promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Improving transportation infrastructure

  • Increasing digital connectivity

  • Advancing technology for social good

  • Creating or improving low-carbon infrastructure including in buildings

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10. Reduced Inequalities 

Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • Reducing hate crimes and/or increasing inclusion

  • Increasing equity

  • Work on tax flows or the creation of a modern tax system

  • Safe migration of people

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11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 

Cities and Human Settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • Strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

  • Increasing access to green spaces and parks

  • Reducing homelessness

  • Work with municipalities on the SDGs

  • Work on affordable housing

  • Work on or use of public transport/sustainable transport

  • Measuring clean air/tracking pollution

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12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • Tracking supply chains

  • Reducing food waste

  • Recycling, composting, or engaging the circular economy

  • Changing consumer behavior

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13. Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Moving toward carbon neutrality or planning for de-carbonization

  • Education related to climate change

  • Design that is climate friendly

  • Reducing light pollution

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14. Life Below Water

Conserve sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development)

  • Cleaning rivers

  • Reducing waste

  • Increasing protected areas

  • Increasing water quality

  • Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bottles and/or straws

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15. Life on Land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

  • Enhancing green spaces (including gardens)

  • Protecting species

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16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

  • Work reducing or preventing violence (including domestic violence, human trafficking, urban violence including with guns, mass atrocities and human rights abuse, conflict and fragility)

  • Increasing access to justice (including transitional justice and environmental justice)

  • Exposing and/or combating corruption (including uncovering beneficial ownership, illicit flows of money)

  • Creating or designing universal (digital) identity cards

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17. Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

  • With the City of Pittsburgh or the greater Allegheny region on elements of the SDGs

  • With other universities on the SDGs

  • With nongovernmental organizations on the SDGs

  • With national governments on the SDGs

  • With multilateral organizations on the SDGs

  • With the private sector, including the entertainment industry, on the SDGs

  • Establishing SDG-consistent procurement processes

  • Establishing SDG-consistent operational performance metrics