UNU SDG–Universities Platform

Promoting collaboration between UNU and Japanese universities to advance the SDGs

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The UNU SDG–Universities Platform was established by UNU-IAS in 2020. It provides opportunities for Japanese universities to proactively collaborate with different stakeholders to promote research and educational activities advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through collaboration between UNU and Japanese Universities, SDG–UP is designed to contribute to sustainable development in Japan and beyond. Its activities aim to take the lead in transforming the individual behaviour of stakeholders involved in higher education, promoting a more resilient society, and supporting individuals to take action to ensure a more sustainable future for all.

Multiple aspects were carefully considered to create a cohort of diverse membership, including regional balance, size and types of universities, as well as the specializations and unique features of the participating universities. During the first year, six workshops were organized using online and hybrid modalities. SDG-related initiatives of 27 participating universities were shared and discussed, exploring collaboration among universities. Further, special lecturers were organized, featuring the Head Data Analyst of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings and the Deputy Director of Yale Sustainability Initiative. The special features of the workshops include dialogues with internationally renowned professionals and discussions between representatives of universities with unique initiatives related to the SDGs. In March 2021, panel discussion sessions were organized focusing on SDGs curriculum, Management, Sustainable Finance, Accountability and Evaluation, and four recommendations were agreed and announced. In its second year, the UNU SDG–Universities Platform is committed to realizing these recommendations.



Interview with Prof. Shun-ichi Murata Examines Development & Future of SDGs

The video interview discusses the creation and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

27 Feb 2023

Media Coverage

Sanyo Shimbun Features SDG–UP Online Learning Project

The article explores the United Nations Introduction to the SDGs, an e-learning project featuring online educational materials.

27 Apr 2022

Recent Workshops


25th Workshop of the SDG–Universities Platform

The online workshop featured Duncan Ross of Times Higher Education and explored university impact for the SDGs.

22 Jan 2024


24th Workshop of the SDG–Universities Platform

The session discussed sustainability initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

30 May 2023


23rd Workshop and Symposium of the SDG-Universities Platform

The event discussed transformational changes in higher education to achieve the SDGs.

04 Apr 2023


22nd Workshop of the SDG–Universities Platform

The workshop highlighted sustainability initiatives at Western Sydney University.

20 Jan 2023