Welcome to the U21 Health Sciences SDG Initiative!

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 — officially came into force. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty.

Since 2006, the U21 Health Sciences Group has been committed to raising awareness about the UN MDGs through the development of educational resources. The goals of the U21 Health Sciences UN MDG initiative have been:

  • To enlist academic institutions that provide health professional training to participate in the education and training of MDGs
  • To incorporate the MDGs into health care curricula through the use of case-study pedagogy
  • To imbue global values of professionalism, ethics, and social responsibility in the health professionals of tomorrow
  • To encourage students to participate in field work in local and global under-served communities and attain the MDG targets in those specific communities
  • To facilitate interprofessional learning
  • To foster understanding of interprofessional working in global health issues

At their meeting in Santiago in September 2015, members of the U21 Health Sciences UN MDG initiative discussed the future of the group and there was strong support for the continuation of its activities under the name of U21 SDG Initiative. To this end, a strategy for 2015-2018 was developed to build on the success of the U21 Health Sciences UN MDG initiative and to look at expanding the work of the U21 SDG group outside of health sciences.

The current Chair of the U21 SDG initiative is Dr Derek Chambers from the University of Nottingham. Please click on the links below to find out more about our activities.