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Research integrity

A guide outlining Library support available to Researchers and Higher Degree by Research students on aspects of research integrity.

What are the UN SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who are the furthest behind. The SDGs are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls.


United Nations Development Programme. (2023). The SDGs in action

Image: "The Sustainable Development Goals: a lens for Social Responsibility" by The University of Edinburgh is licensed under CC BY 3.0

RMIT and the SDGs

RMIT University recognises the important role the education sector can play in promoting, supporting and contributing to the SDGs agenda. The university supports, promotes, and contributes to the SDGs through:

  • Learning and Teaching - Equipping the next generation with skills, knowledge, and understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities.
  • Governance and Operations - Making sustainability an organisational priority, incorporating best practices of sustainability management into our business and regularly monitoring and reporting on our contributions to the SDGs.
  • Research - Progressing research that advances the sustainable development agenda.
  • Leadership - Use our expertise, leadership, and capabilities to promote the SDGs and drive change to achieve them.

RMIT's Commitment to the SDG's (1:40min) by RMIT University (YouTube)

Academic and research integrity and the SDGs

RMIT's research integrity principles, in particular those of honesty, rigor, transparency, fairness, respect, and accountability, align with the UN SDGs - in particular the importance of openly available research publications and data.