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Veterinary Science: Sustainable Development Goals: Home

This Library guide is to provide a knowledge portal for veterinary science researchers and students when doing research on SDGs by providing links to appropriate SDG information resources.

About the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the  Global Goals, are a collection of 17 goals designed to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. 

The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. The 17 SDG's are an urgent call for action by developed and developing countries. Countries in Africa such as Ethiopia, Angola and South Africa worked with UN Country Teams and the United Nations Development Programme to provide support to create awareness about SDGs among many sectors like government officers, private sector workers, MPs and the civil society.

Everyone can contribute and the veterinary profession can also make sure the Global Goals are met. The veterinary profession should identify areas for which it has responsibility and where animals play an important role in the context of sustainable development. For example in SDG 3, owning a pet was mentioned as being associated with improved physical and psychological health of the owner. A better future is possible if we acknowledge that animals matter and that animal welfare is an important element of sustainable development.  Adherence to animal welfare principles will lead to positive impacts for poverty eradication, food security, public health, climate change and biodiversity.

With this Libguide you can read more about the goals, find organizations to support and information to share. Our main aim with the Libguide is to highlight the Faculty of Veterinary Science contributions to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through their research and activities.

(Sources: Wikipedia and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)




University of Pretoria SDG News

  • UP releases first SDG progress report

    UP’s SDG report focuses on the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, and looks at how the University’s operational activities and core functions of research, education and engagement are working towards achieving the UN SDG goals.

  • South African SDG Hub

    The South African SDG Hub is a metaplatform that aggregates the best and most relevant research on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from South African and selected non-South African universities. Our machine-learning-based classification tool classifies research in terms of one or more of the SDGs. Our mission is to increase the impact of research published on universities' institutional repositories. The South African SDG Hub is a national resource hosted by the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute at the University of Pretoria.

  • UP launches national network to support UN Sustainable Development Goals

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched SDSN South Africa, a national network for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) The SDSN is an international initiative that marshals global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development. The aim of the national network is to mobilise and support South African universities and other leading research institutions to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Africa, as well as the country’s contribution to the goals globally

  • ‘Sustainable development is embedded in UP’s strategic goals’ – UP Executive advisor at United Nations Academic Impact event

    Dr Brian Chicksen, Advisor to the Executive at the University of Pretoria (UP), recently featured as a speaker at the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) third Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) workshop. The webinar, titled ‘SDGs Off-Campus: Engaging with the Community’, centred on learning more about how universities can collaborate effectively with community organisations. More than 300 attendees from around the world were part of the virtual workshop. The UNAI developed this series of capacity-building workshops for universities and colleges around the world to provide training and enhance skills related to implementing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while fostering the involvement of higher education institutions as valuable stakeholders to achieve the SDGs.

  • New search feature transforms access to articles on UP-hosted SDG repository

    The South African Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Hub, hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP), is revolutionising the way in which policymakers can access essential research. With a new cutting-edge feature called Intelligent Search, finding the information needed to inform policy decisions is becoming significantly easier.

Information About the 17 SDG's

Veterinary Podcasts on Sustainable Development Goals

  • VetCAST

    The Veterinary Climate Action and Sustainability Talks tell stories about how the environment influences animal health. Created by Colorado State University veterinary students, these episodes seek to expand your knowledge and inspire you to take action to protect animal health

  • VETchat Series 5 (Sustainability)

    VETchat by The Webinar Vet brings you exclusive discussions with members all across the veterinary profession. From hot topical debates to mini CPD/CE lessons

  • ZSL Wild Science Podcast

    Delve into topical issues in zoology, conservation and the environment, from saving species and protecting the planet, to finding out about the animals living across the globe, including in London’s own river Thames. Learn more about the science behind the conservation work being done by ZSL and others in the podcasts from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.

  • Emergence: Guide to Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

    Podcast from MSD Animal Health, for news and views on transboundary and emerging diseases

SDGs in Action App

The SDGs in Action app has been developed to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals - the world’s to-do list to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change. Learn about the 17 goals, get the latest news and find out how you can take action. Download the SDG in Action Mobile App

News about the UN SDGs

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