GYA & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


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 2018 Year Report here.


Statements and Publications

Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

GYA Sandton Declaration on Sustainability (2012)

Consolidated G20 synthetic biology policies and their role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2017)


GYA Activities and the SDGs

Good Health and Well-BeingGlobal Health WGQuality EducationScience Education for Youth WG
Young Scientist Ambassador Programme
Expedition Mundus science game
Gender EqualityWomen in Science WGClean Water and SanitationSolid Waste Management & Green Economy
Affordable and Clean EnergySmart Villages InitiativeDecent Work and Economic GrowthGlobal State of Young Scientists
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureDIY Biology WG
Fundamental Research WG
Reduced InequalitiesOpen Science WG
Science Leadership Programmes
Global Migration & Human Rights WG
Climate ActionClimate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction WG

Citizen Science for Reducing Exposure to Urban Air Pollution

Life below WaterBiodiversity for Survival via Biomedicine WG
Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsAt-Risk Scholars Initiative
Trust in (Young) Scientists WG
Science+Art = Peace & Justice WG
Partnerships for the GoalsScience Advice WG
Science Diplomacy in South Asia WG
Science Diplomacy in the Americas Incubator


Projects with Partners

InterAcademy Partnership project on “Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking: Strategies for Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals


Science Advice

GYA Co-Chair at the UN High-Level Political Forum (2017)



Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies, July 2017

European Young Academies meeting, March 2018

IAP/IANAS Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018)

IAP/AASSA Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018)

IAP/EASAC Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018)

IAP/NASAC Regional Meeting on the SDGs (2018)


For questions about the GYA’s engagement in the field of the SDGs, please contact at the GYA Office.