Much research of Wageningen University & Research is connected with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Sustainable development goals

In September 2015 the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals and 169 targets for people, planet and prosperity for the next 15 years. Much research of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is connected with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). WUR is proud to host the international conference 'Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact’. The conference is centred around two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Zero Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2) and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (SDG17).

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Zero Hunger

End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

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Population growth, urbanisation, dietary change, pressure on ecosystems and climate change are among the factors contributing to greater uncertainties about future food and nutrition security. Food and nutrition security is also increasingly considered as a global public good, and needs to be supported for the sake of security and stability for the global population. An estimated 805 million people or 12 percent of the global population still suffer from chronic hunger, and 2 billion people around the globe face malnutrition due to insufficient or unbalanced diets. The Wageningen Zero Hunger programme focuses on innovative research for enhancing global food and nutrition security (FNS). It aims to identify options, opportunities and strategies for improving nutrition and strengthening sustainable global and local food systems by developing science-based solutions, creating partnerships and delivering change.


Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change  and its impacts

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Global warming has caused a discernible effect on physical and biological systems. There are many examples of plant and animal species that have spread across the Netherlands or have withdrawn themselves. Risks of agricultural damage by flooding, drought and / or insect damage may increase. Also, effects of temperature increase are visible, for example in the city (heat island effect).


Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure Healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages.

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Bad eating habits, over-eating, malnutrition or consumption of contaminated foods are the main causes of adverse food related health effects. In order to prevent this and thus improve human health via a healthy diet we need to develop tools and knowledge. Wageningen contributes to international research agendas by looking into subjects as ‘how can we reduce poor eating habits’, ‘which foods have the best nutrional and health promoting value’, ’How can we innovate, produce and distribute these foods in a sustainable way’ and ‘How can we balance food safety and healthy nutrition’. New findings on impacts on human health need to be translated into best practices for food composition (e.g. reformulation), production, and consumption.



Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient ans sustainable

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The increasing concentration of people in urban environments means that social, economic and environmental demands for living and working are under pressure. the lifestyle of people, varying during lifetime, is influenced by the direct physical environment, Greening the city increases air quality, reduces noise nuisance, seduces to physical activity, reduces stress and aggression and increases social cohesion. Wageningen Metropolitan Solutions provides information on ecosystem services of urban green infrastructure and the urban ecosystem; develops planning, design and assessment tools to optimize urban green; Creates Cost & Benefit Analysis of urban green; Explores new approaches like biomimicry and its added value; and Understands how to reach and to cooperate with different urban groups and stakeholders.


Life below water

Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources

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The (inter)national marine policy is aimed at the sustainable use of oceans and coastal areas. Wageningen Marine Research offers both national as well as international governmental institutions and commercial business insight into the consequences of the current ocean policy on, for example, ecosystems and biodiversity.


Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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Water quality is an important factor for global food production. With the population of the world growing and becoming more affluent, managing of the world’s resources of fresh water becomes increasingly complex.
Water management is not only crucial for the human interaction with extreme events like drought and floods but also a direct factor in the quality of daily life. To feed and create a living environment for the world, today and in the future, is focus of many researchers of Wageningen University & Research


Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Globally, a third of all food is lost or wasted between the farm and the fork. Reducing food loss and waste can be a triple win: It can save money for farmers, companies, and households; wasting less can feed more people; and reductions can alleviate pressure on climate, water, and land resources. But it is not only about waste, also current processes for food production need to be modernized and innovated, thus reducing energy and water consumption. The circular economy is envisaged to reduce the pressure on natural resources.


Life on land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use  of terrestrial ecosystems, sustianbly manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

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In the Planet Earth Management research by WUR the perspective is the earth and its resources for mankind. Emphasis of research is on the impact of human actions on the intrinsic and utilitarian values of the earth ecosystem on the one hand, and on guiding societal choices to be made in land, water and sea management in order to maintain the resilience of planet Earth on the other