To be a regional leader for innovative research and education partnerships that support and promote resilient communities, healthy environments, and thriving economies throughout the North Atlantic.


To forge new strategic local-to-global North Atlantic/Arctic research, education, and industry/business partnerships at the forefront of the region’s innovation economy; to catalyze the full potential of Maine/North Atlantic/Arctic networks to educate and empower sustainability leaders; to create a platform to develop and apply collaborative solutions to the region’s shared economic, environmental, social, and health challenges.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

Adopted by 193 countries in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared blueprint to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030. The SDGs are used worldwide by governments, policymakers, business leaders, researchers, and educators as planning and evaluation tools.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UNE NORTH and the SDGs

UNE NORTH uses the SDGs to help identify and evaluate education and research opportunities that promote interdisciplinary collaboration at UNE, in Maine, and across the region in the service of sustainable development. UNE NORTH believes that understanding the interconnectivity of the SDGs and implementing them through dynamic partnerships is key to our success as a leader for sustainable development in the North Atlantic.

By using the internationally understood language of the SDGs, UNE NORTH will continue to grow and cultivate its network of regional partnerships including in Iceland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, and the U.K; train a new generation of leaders; inform policy through research; promote interdisciplinarity and the co-creation of knowledge in all its activities; and support Maine’s leadership role in the North Atlantic.

For more information about how the SDGs and how your organization might implement them, please email UNE NORTH Director Holly Parker, Ph.D.

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