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At UCC, we are contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through our world-class research activities


What are the SDGs?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" and provide a common language to describe the impact our research community has on a local, national, and international scale. The 17 goals, and their 169 targets, were agreed on by all 193 UN member states in 2015. The goals are a framework to address pressing global challenges, including eradicating hunger and poverty, acting on climate change, addressing biodiversity loss, and tackling gender inequality – all necessary actions to ensure that no-one is left behind.

  

Our contribution to the SDGs

We recognise the crucial role that university research plays in achieving the SDGs by 2030. As an internationally competitive, research-led university our researchers contribute to the growth of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy, developing the innovations and solutions needed to address urgent global sustainable development challenges.

Read more about UCC's progress against the SDGs and the important contribution our researchers are making by clicking Learn More under each of the SDGs below.

SDG 1 - No Poverty

SDG 1 - No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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

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SDG 4 - Quality Education

SDG 4 - Quality Education

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

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SDG 5 - Gender Equality

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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

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SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

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SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

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SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

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SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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SDG 13 - Climate Action

SDG 13 - Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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SDG 14 - Life Below Water

SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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

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SDG 15 - Life on Land

SDG 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

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SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 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

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SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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SDGs by School/Centre

"Hundreds of our researchers contributed to the mapping process by identifying the SDGs - at goal and target level - that their research contributes to."

Professor John F. Cryan, Vice President of Research and Innovation

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SDGs in UCC Research Launch

Research and Innovation

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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building, UCC,

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