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OSAKA CITY UNIVERSITY and SDGs

What are SDGs?

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of common goals for an international society, adopted at a United Nations summit in September 2015. They consist of 17 goals and 169 targets, that aim to be achieved by 2030.

SDGs are universal goals applicable to both developed and developing countries.
In order to “leave no one behind”, it is important for governments, the industrial world, educational and research institutions and each citizen to cooperate one with another.

Comments from President Arakawa

From Local to Global - Achieving Peace and Equality for Mankind

The efforts behind the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) match basic Osaka City University policy of "contribution to the happiness and development of mankind" (education) and "contributing to the development of a local communities by tackling urban issues and giving the results back to the cities and citizens"(research). The slogan I proclaimed four years ago, "a Glocal (global + local) hub of wisdom and wellness filled with smiles", also corresponds to this. In Japan there are more companies and universities which have been participating in and supporting the efforts of SDGs. On the other hand, OCU policy has had the essence of SDGs built into it since its formation a long time ago. You could say we have always been 3 steps ahead of the game.

However, not many students and faculty/staff members are aware of this. For example, "1. No Poverty" is one of the themes of the Graduate School of Economics, and "3. Good Health and Well-Being" is a theme of the Graduate School of Medicine and as well as the Graduate School of Human Life Science. "7. Affordable and Clean Energy" is exactly that of the Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. All graduate schools at OCU have been conducting research and/or projects that fit one of the 17 items.

As for students, there are some club activities that can meet the SDGs. Activities of the Essayer, a project that supports student volunteer work, is aligned with the SDGs. It is important to label such activities with the corresponding SDGs and publicize them to the world to expand our circle of efforts. This will allow us to send out innovation from our university.

First, look for what’s right under your nose. Find out which of the SDGs matches activities/research you are already doing. As the old tale goes, "Dig here, doggy!" It's a waste to leave it buried!

Tetsuo Arakawa
President of OSAKA CITY UNIVERSITY