Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 integrated and indivisible global goals which are further broken out into 169 targets that balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. 

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It is underpinned by 162 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that detail 189 countries’ plans to reduce emissions and enhance their resilience to climate impacts.

According to a 2016 working paper by the World Resources Institute, the climate actions communicated in INDCs align with at least 154 of the 169 SDG targets. The climate and sustainable development agendas are integral components to achieve a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

IEN works to advance intentionally designed endowments through a variety of strategies that will make a significant and critical contribution to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society. One strategy is for university endowments to align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

"Everything that we've done today will need to change pretty significantly over the next five to ten years if we are to achieve what the Paris Accord sets out, which is to limit temperature rises to less than 2 degrees celsius. . . . This will be the most significant economic transition in history. It is a great opportunity to deploy capital, it is a significant risk, and it has to happen very quickly over the next five to ten years. . . . We do need to make sure that we bring back to finance a best practice, a recognition that finance can be a force for good, and that we in the investment community can be leaders in that, and of course I can't think of a better place than academic institutions to be leaders."
- David Blood, Co-founder & Senior Partner, Generation Management, Speaking at the Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum at Loyola University Chicago November 1-2, 2016

Click on a Sustainable Development Goal below to access reports, articles, videos and other resources by topic:

SDG General Resources

SDG #2: Zero Hunger

SDG #5: Gender Equality

SDG #7: Affordable & Clean Energy

SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG #12: Responsible Consumption & Production

SDG #13: Climate Action

SDG #15: Life on Land