The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all the member states of the United Nations in 2015, depicted a shared blueprint for people, planet and prosperity. In the face of various challenges – ranging from poverty and pollution to climate change and Covid-19 – the concerted efforts of all members of society are urgently needed in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In response to the UN Secretary-General’s global call for a decade of action, accelerated implementation efforts are needed to ensure a better and more sustainable future for all.
Universities are particularly well-placed to contribute to the creation of a sustainable future through their teaching and research activities. As a socially responsible and globally-minded higher education institution, Zhejiang University (ZJU) aspires to make a distinctive and positive impact by strengthening its commitment to the SDGs.
In order to enhance our engagement with the SDGs, we are adopting a Sustainability Action Plan: A Global ZJU for Social Good (Z4G). Z4G establishes five objectives and associated actions to improve our sustainability-related education, research, and practices within the ZJU community and among other stakeholders in China and beyond.