Higher education institutions worldwide play a crucial role in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the pioneering seat of higher learning in Sri Lanka, the University of Colombo has a strong commitment to addressing SDGs on research, teaching and learning and community development at both national and global levels. The Centre for Quality Assurance (CQA) and the International Office (IO) of the University joined forces in establishing the SDG Platform on September 30, 2020, with the overarching purpose of enhancing the University’s visibility in advancing the SDGs.

The key objectives of the SDG platform are:

  • Strongly link university sustainability performance to its strategic goals via clear communication channels and processes
  • Adopt university ranking criteria to map and assess the University’s sustainability performance
  • Establish core standards and practices across the university by identifying and addressing fundamental gaps
  • Forge national and international collaborations on SDG-related initiatives

In accelerating the progress towards achieving SDGs, the University of Colombo has partnered with the United Nation’s Resident Coordinator’s Office, Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and many other international universities which we have fostered long-standing ties.

The SDG Platform showcases intramural and extramural research, experiential teaching and learning activities, and socially responsible community development initiatives at the University of Colombo to a wider spectrum of national and international stakeholders. We strongly believe that the SDG Platform will enhance the quality and the relevance of the learning outcomes within the University of Colombo and strengthen its position both within the system and beyond.


Goal 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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

Goal 3: Health and Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation…

SDG Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and…

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development