The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations (UN) in September 2015. These 17 SDGs, consisting of 169 targets, replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2000-2015. The SDGs represent an ambitious and universal list, encompassing social, economic and environmental aspects of development in an integrated way. Achieving them will require considerable institutional and policy investment at all levels of governance—local, national, regional and global.
The GYA as a global young academy is active in many of the areas covered by the SDGs, be it through its working groups, by participating in meetings on the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, or by providing science-based policy advice to policy-makers and global science organisations.
For details on the GYA’s engagement in the SDGs, see an excerpt from our 2017 Year Report here.
Statements and Publications
GYA Sandton Declaration on Sustainability (2012) LINK
Joint Statement on the Role of Young Academies in Achieving the UN SDGs (2017) LINK
GYA Working Groups and the SDGs
SDG 3 – Global Health working group LINK
SDG 15 – DIY Biology LINK
SDG 17 – Science Advice working group LINK
– more information to follow
Projects with Partners
InterAcademy Partnership project on “Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking: Strategies for Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals”
GYA Co-Chair at the UN High-Level Political Forum (2017) LINK
Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies, July 2017 – LINK
European Young Academies meeting, March 2018 – LINK
IAP/IANAS Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018) LINK
IAP/AASSA Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018) LINK
IAP/EASAC Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018) LINK
IAP/NASAC Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018) LINK
For questions about the GYA’s engagement in the field of the SDGs, please contact at the GYA Office.