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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


2. No Hunger

  • Reducing food waste

  • Reducing food insecurity

  • Creating sustainable food systems/agriculture

  • Reducing obesity


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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