The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit. They came into force on 1 January 2016 and are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the plant and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 interconnected Goals and related Targets promote partnerships and guide the choices made today to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

WMU is well positioned to deliver tangible contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The University's strategic goals, as outlined in the WMU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, its Business Plan 2016-2017 and its current Business Plan 2018-2019, are fully aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The plans focus on the delivery of outcomes in the areas of:

  • recognized excellence in maritime policy education and training;
  • recognized research and teachings on maritime and ocean matters; and
  • strengthened collaboration with the IMO and other UN bodies.

The University is continually focused on supporting IMO member States and maritime industry stakeholders in the implementation of the UN SDGs, in particular, the goals that are of direct relevance to the maritime and ocean agendas.

Through its well-established education, capacity building and research agenda and recognizing that all the goals are interrelated and indivisible, WMU will contribute directly and tangibly to the implementation of the following Global Goals:

UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

WMU has delivered high level, postgraduate education in maritime affairs since 1983. Today, the University’s mandate has extended to ocean affairs and our postgraduate diploma programmes can be accessed in developing and developed countries across the globe. As a world leader in competence-based maritime and oceans education and training WMU has a demonstrated capacity to provide support under Goal 4, in particular to the following targets:

4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university

4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development