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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Once we have decided we want to be sustainable we should decide what sustainability and sustainable development mean!

In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Plus Sustainable Development as: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

What do you think about these definitions? Do they match your ideas of sustainability?

Check out this short article explaining what sustainable development is and why it is so necessary for the future.


Finally we should remember that a sustainable future means all aspects of society need to change, which means every graduate from every subject has a role to play. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) provide a vision of what this sustainable future might look like. You can find the UN SDGS here.

Explore the UN SDGs here and how they relate to you.
Read through each of the goals and think how they relate to your degree subject and your own lived experience. Pick one goal that really resonates with you, click ‘read more’ on this goal. Explore the motivation for this goal and review the Goal Targets for your chosen goal to discover the steps that outline how this very ambitious goal can be met!


If you want to find out more about the UN SDGs you can find a Rise Self-Study Pack on the subject here.