The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Countries have committed to prioritize progress for those who're furthest behind. The SDGs are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.
Questions that a lot of people have about the sustainability subject that you might be searching for an answer as well.
In 1987, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) made an urgent call for “a global agenda for change”. The World Commission on Environment and Development prepared the “Our Common Future” report - also known as the “Brundtland Report” with reference to the chair of the commission, Gro Harlem Brundtland, who championed the concept of sustainable development.
“Sustainable Development” was defined as “meeting the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future” in the Brundtland Report by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission).
The concept of “Sustainable Development” recognizes the problems of poor people and less developed countries and highlights the important role of the developing countries to achieve “Sustainable Development” through inclusive economic growth and development - thereby reducing poverty and making the poor better off.
“Sustainable Development” is a holistic approach that covers economic development, social progress, and environmental protection and specifically emphasizes the elimination of poverty, preservation of the environment, and reduction in all inequalities throughout the world and within countries.
The “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) were formulated by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 by taking the planetary boundaries into account. The United Nations defines “Sustainable Development Goals” as a call for action by all countries - regardless of their income levels - to conserve the planet and foster the well-being of people. The SDGs aim to ameliorate the living standards of all humans in the world and alleviate the climate change, environmental degradation, and destruction.
Concepts of economic growth and development, poverty and income inequality, human capital, environmental degradation and destruction, climate change, population growth, urbanization, migration, agricultural transformation, rural development, social progress, and partnerships for the application of appropriate policies to attain “Sustainable Development” are covered within the scope of the SDGs.
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Details and yearly changes on Yeditepe University's score and worldwide averages for each SDG, please visit regarding section on this website.
According to 2021 results; Yeditepe University is ranked 115th amongst 956 universities world-wide, which makes it 7th best university in Turkey. This was a remarkable leap forward considering our university is ranked 273rd amongst world-wide, and 12th in Turkey the year before.
UI GreenMetric is considered to be the first and only ranking establishment there is that founded on the purpose of raising awareness on the sustainability topic.
The Sustainable Development Report 2021 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states including Turkey, outlines the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on the SDGs, and describes how the SDGs can frame the recovery. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Yeditepe University, within the framework of the “Sustainable Environmental Policy“, has adopted continuous improvement as a pioneering educational institution aiming international recognition and respectability in the fields of education, scientific research and social service, while focusing on environmental awareness and sustainability issues. Yeditepe University has identified its activities and goals in line with the Sustainable Environmental Policy.
Yeditepe University is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)! UNAI is consisted of 1500 institutions in 147 countries who are working with the United Nations to promote global priorities, including peace, human rights, and sustainable development.