Yokohama National University Declaration on SDGs

Endorsing “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (adopted by the United Nations in September 2015), and rediscovering the roles it should play as a university to help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the agenda by taking into account the activities of national and local governments, businesses and other players related to the SDGs, Yokohama National University hereby declares that it will promote university-wide initiatives oriented towards achieving the SDGs in its educational and research activities based on the principles: “Be Active,” “Be Innovative,” “Be Open” and “Be Global,” as enshrined in its charter. Yokohama National University will also widely practice and communicate the results, both inside and outside Japan, including business-academia collaboration, regional partnership and international cooperation.

Yuichi Hasebe
President, Yokohama National University
March 2020

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nation Summit in September 2015 that consists of 17 goals and 169 targets that promises to leave no one behind. A basic difference from the previous Millennium Developing Goals (MDGs) are that they play a significant role in developed countries. The 17 goals are related to each other as a comprehensive approach so that society recognizes that we have the power to "leave no one behind".