What is 'sustainable development' and why is it important?

Sustainable development is development which meets he needs of today while protecting people and planet, and which works toward a more inclusive and resilient place for future generations.

Liverpool John Moores University is a modern, pioneering, civic university committed to delivering solutions to the challenges of the 21st century through world-class research, education and innovation.

We do this by integrating education for sustainable development in both research and academic programmes and by operating in the most sustainable and environmentally responsible way possible.

We strive to create and sustain a community that is aware of its social, economic and environmental impact, resilient, healthy and happy.

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2016:

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • partnerships for the goals

The ambition was to provide a framework to measure performance against each goal and strategy to contribute towards delivering a more equal, sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

Climate change represents a real and present danger to sustainable development. It is already adversely impacting on public health, food and water security, migration, peace and security.

Find out more from the Sustainable Development Goals website.

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You can also sign our Go Green pledge as a way to commit yourself to these goals.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to offer suggestions on how we can improve sustainability at the University or any other aspect of this important topic.