UP and the Sustainable Development Goals

The UP Diliman campus with Quezon Hall, the main administrative building, in the foreground. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.


In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States. The Agenda outlines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are needed to achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet, from now into the future.

The University of the Philippines, as part of its mandate as the national university of the country, commits to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It continues to work towards the realization of these six SDGs: Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; and Partnership for the Goals.

Read more about the university’s efforts in these SDGs by browsing through this e-book or in the links to the online articles found below.

UP Sustainability Report 2020-2021

Message from the President
A message on the University of the Philippines and Sustainability from UP President Danilo Lardizabal Concepcion.

About UP 
Know more about the University of the Philippines and its mandate as the national university.

Green UP: A UP System Action Plan for Environmental Sustainability
UP’s action plan on environmental sustainability, guided by principles of human rights, democratic participation, non-discrimination, gender equity, social justice, and ecological balance.

UP at a Glance 
Facts and figures on the university, its personnel, and its academic communities.

UP’s Quality Policy
UP’s  guide to the continuous improvement of the University’s performance in carrying out its mandate in education, research and public service.

UP Diliman Environmental Sustainability
A microsite on UP Diliman’s efforts in promoting environmental sustainability in its campus and the surrounding community.

UP on Good Health and Well-Being

The University of the Philippines’ vital contributions to the country’s overall COVID-19 pandemic response since 2020 is shaping the country’s “new normal”.  These initiatives prove that public academic and health institutions deserve all the support from national government. UP’s partnerships with local government units, national government agencies, and global institutions aiming to address the challenges during the pandemic are most notable in the swift and efficient mobilization of system-wide and constituent university-wide pandemic response teams and initiative.

UP on Quality Education

While the COVID-19 pandemic upended education globally, The University of the Philippines also catalyzed the overdue transformation of higher education. Even before the pandemic, UP had already planned to shift to a lifelong learning model featuring a blended, independent approach to education. When the lockdowns began, however, plans on the drawing board had to be implemented immediately.


UP on Gender Equality

UP takes pride in being a sanctuary of openness, acceptance, and liberalism for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. No matter how they identify or express themselves, all LGBTQ students are assured a safe, welcoming space at UP.



UP on Sustainable Cities and Communities

The University of the Philippines, the country’s national university, is entrusted with numerous structures and vast green spaces that belong not only to the academic community but also to the Philippine society. It is committed to keeping these spaces safe, resilient, sustainable, and inclusive or accessible not only to its academic community but also to the surrounding local communities where the constituent units are hosted.


UP on Climate Action

The University of the Philippines is proactively pursuing Goal 13: To take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This initiative includes helping the UN meet its targets through its efforts as a global, research, and creative University, a government partner, and a leader among Philippine higher education institutions.



UP on Partnerships for the Goals

Higher educational institutions have a unique role in transformational development. Universities bring a valuable contribution to society through research, public activity engagement, and training of their student body to become global citizens. For the University of the Philippines, pursuing international collaboration with strategic partners is key to maximizing its contribution to addressing the global challenges outlined in the SDGs.