The SDG 8 Initiative

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has initiated coordination of academic capacity to help fulfill the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, formulated in the 2030 Agenda.

IAU delegated to 16 universities around the world, the responsibility for one specific SDG each. The University of Gothenburg was given the mission to lead and coordinate activities related to SDG 8. IAU is responsible for leading the work on SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals. Learn more about the IAU and the participating universities.

The SDG 8 team consists of several faculties and projects within the University of Gothenburg, including EfD’s Global Hub, plus EfD’s centers in Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.

This SDG covers sustainable, inclusive, economic growth. Sustainable tourism, green innovation, employment for all, and decent working conditions are some of the areas included in this very extensive SDG. The goal of the SDG 8 team is to engage and support a global community of researchers and practitioners in transdisciplinary research and policy interaction that focus on solutions to growth- and work-related challenges.

The SDG 8 team contributes with research and education that provides knowledge and solutions related to the SDG, it builds a network of researchers and practitioners around the world, and it strengthens the interaction between researchers and policymakers.

EfD has had a key role in the SDG 8 Initiative from the start, because of its focus on environment and sustainable development – both of them central elements within SDG 8 – and by providing a network of universities in other parts of the world, especially in the Global South. The EfD centers have joined the initiative as so-called satellite universities. The team also benefits greatly from EfD’s significant experience of interaction between researchers and policymakers to support evidence-based policy.

 

 

Updated: 7 June 2021