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Achieving Sustainable Development

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn


Consider the impact that UN Sustainable Development Goals could have

Governments of the world have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN initiative for international development. They are targets for improving the world by 2030, including: health, environment, education, and security. But will they have an impact on the lives of people?

On this course you will critically consider key SDGs including peace, healthcare, sustainable cities, and water and sanitation. You will examine the ways in which development really can be sustainable, its impact on communities, and how it can make a difference to real lives.

This course is for anyone interested in the future of our world, and how we can improve it. It might be of specific interest to students all over the world who are planning to live and work in developing countries, and to development stakeholders including people in NGOs, governments and communities.


  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions
    • Welcome to the course
    • Sustainable development: A global challenge
    • SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Insitutions
    • Violence and development
    • Inclusive institutions
    • Reflecting on the first week
  • Sustainability and health
    • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
    • Nutrition: The foundation of health
    • Maternal, child, and reproductive health in focus
    • The changing face of disease
    • Reflecting on the second week
  • Sustainable water, sanitation, and cities
    • Sustainable water, sanitation and cities
    • Water sources and treatment
    • Rural and urban water supply and sanitation
    • Urbanization and infrastructure
    • Eco-cities and the environment
    • Reflecting on the third week
  • The impact of sustainable development
    • What's the big picture?
    • Measuring the impact of sustainable development
    • Exploring impact: The Inspiring Women project
    • Where does this leave us?

Taught by

Martina Hennessy


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