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SLU and Agenda 2030

The teaching, research and environmental monitoring and assessment at SLU create knowledge that contributes to achieving the goals for sustainable development, both in Sweden and globally. Here, we give examples of SLU activities in connection to the global goals of Agenda 2030.

SLU contributes to the global goals

Agenda 2030 and the 17 global goals for sustainable development were adopted by the UN in 2015. The aim is to reduce poverty and achieve food security, improve education and health, mitigate climate change and achieve a sustainable use of sea and land-based ecosystems. SLU's education, research and environmental monitoring and assessment all strive to achieve many of these goals.

SLU improves global sustainability ranking among higher education institutions

SLU is climbing in rankings in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023. For goal 13, Climate action, SLU is ranked 29th.

Scientific publications by the SDG's

SLU researchers continuously publish scholarly works related to one or more of the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Learn about our research output and it's societal impact for each of the goals.

SLU publications connection to the global goals and synergies. Illustration

Decision support for Agenda 2030

Are landscapes and waters used sustainably? SLU's Environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA) delivers science-based decision support, expertise and up-to-date data on ecosystems, natural resources and species. Find current environmental data.

Ideas that can change the world

New knowledge from SLU is sought after by companies and organisations both in Sweden and internationally. Many companies have been created on the basis of ideas and research from SLU. Learn about some of these.

Quality education (goal 4) and Gender equality (goal 5)

Programmes and courses at SLU cover sustainability issues, and all teachers do professional development training in these matters. Our research, courses and publications related to gender issues are presented below.

News: SLU and Agenda 2030

Zero hunger (goal 2); Responsible consumption and production (goal 12)

SLU contributes to sustainable food production, nationally and intenationally. We study the climate impact of food production and consumption, e.g. cultivation of legumes, life cycle assessments, a meat guide, global animal diseases and food waste studies.

Clean water and sanitation (goal 6); Life below water (goal 14)

SLU monitors inland waters and studies e.g. drinking water and sanitation. We conduct research, monitoring and consulting activities on issues connected to the sea.

Affordable and clean energy (goal 7); Climate action (goal 13)

SLU researchers study  bioenergy from forests, salix plantations, biomass technology, methane production from ruminants and biogas processes, to name but a few examples. SLU also monitors climate change.

No poverty (goal 1)

Agricultural and rural development improves the economy of the community. Find out more about SLU Global's work for global development, with a focus on low-income countries.

Good health and well-being (goal 3)

SLU researchers study animal and human health, e.g. zoonoses. SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health handle this and many more issues in the area.

Sustainable cities and communities (goal 11)

SLU has knowledge about urban and peri-urban environments. SLU Urban Futures is a strategic platform that strengthens transdisciplinary research, education and collaboration in sustainable urban development.

Life on land (goal 15)

SLU offers courses and conducts research and environmental monitoring and assessment in the areas of forests and forestry as well as ecology and invasive species, to give some examples. Knowledge bank: Choose Biodiversity, Forest and wood.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (goal 9)

SLU Holding backs up green innovations from SLU research from idea to market. Green Innovation Park offers an innovation culture at SLU's campuses.

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    We study the interactions between wildlife and people

    A man sampling and tagging a moose lying down in the snow. Photo. Within the competence area animal ecology, we study the ecology of mammals and birds, wildlife in short, and the diverse ways they shape ecosystems and societies. We work with societal stakeholders across the world to translate our findings into nature-based opportunities for a more sustainable future.
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    About environmental monitoring and assessment

    SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment finds out how healthy our environment is and how its health is progressing. Our experts seek answers to how our world’s natural resources can be used sustainably. By sharing our data, knowledge and expertise, we create the conditions for a thriving world.
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    Environmental and sustainability work at SLU

    Our activities affect the environment directly through our use of resources, travel, emissions etc. However, we can also influence the environment indirectly through our unique expertise in the area.
Published: 08 August 2023 - Page editor: ann-katrin.hallin@slu.se