• SDSN USA Launch: Moving America Forward

    On December 4, 2018 the US chapter of the SDSN was launched at Columbia University in New York. The chapter is co-directed by academic centers at Columbia University, Yale University, and the University of California San Diego. The SDSN USA joins 29 existing SDSN networks that are creating new online courses, educating their students and the general public, working with governments, engaging and empowering young people, and offering innovative solutions for the SDGs.

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  • Permalink to: 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards

    2018 SDG Index and Dashboards

    New York / Gütersloh, 9 July 2018. Three years after the historic UN summit in New York, where all UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report introduces the first ever assessment of government efforts to achieve the goals. The analysis shows that no country is on track to achieve all goals by 2030.

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  • Permalink to: SDSN Networks in Action

    SDSN Networks in Action

    The 2018 Networks in Action report features the wide array of innovative solutions and initiatives being led by the SDSN’s national, regional, and thematic networks. It includes a new introductory piece by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on mission-oriented research for the SDGs and also details how SDSN works with our networks.

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  • Permalink to: The First Issue of the Africa SDG Index

    The First Issue of the Africa SDG Index

    The first Africa SDG Index and Dashboards are a tool to track progress toward the SDGs, to help pinpoint key implementation challenges, and to assist countries in benchmarking their SDG performance against their African peers. 51 countries are ranked in the Index and all 54 African countries have country dashboards. The full report is now available.

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  • Permalink to: Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The 2018 U.S. Cities SDGs Index

    Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The 2018 U.S. Cities SDGs Index

    The U.S. Cities SDG Index report analyzes 44 indicators for each city to provide a comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges related to environmental, social, and economic objectives.  It is intended as a planning tool for cities, highlighting areas of strength and weakness and where opportunities exist to learn from other cities.  It includes a quick-reference dashboard that rates each city’s performance on 15 of the 17 SDGs, as well as a series of maps showing relative performance in different parts of the country.

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  • Permalink to: Decarbonizing the Northeast U.S. – Cost Effective Road Maps to Achieve the Region’s Emissions Reduction Targets

    Decarbonizing the Northeast U.S. – Cost Effective Road Maps to Achieve the Region’s Emissions Reduction Targets

    In a new study, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and its partners show that present policies in New York State and the New England States are insufficient to achieve the region’s declared greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The study then describes a detailed road map for achieving the region’s goal of reducing these climate-altering emissions 80% or more below 1990 levels by 2050 while maintaining high standards of living and economic growth.

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  • Permalink to: Counting on the World: Building modern data systems for sustainable development

    Counting on the World: Building modern data systems for sustainable development

    This new report from SDSN TReNDS explores the kinds of data needed to achieve the SDGs and identifies the roles and responsibilities of different actors, as well as the urgent changes needed to build architectures capable of responding to the increasing demand for high-quality, disaggregated and geo-referenced data.

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  • Permalink to: Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    SDSN hosts events globally, convening leaders across academia, government, business, and civil society to advance solutions for sustainable development and to achieve the SDGs. These events provide a forum for collaborative efforts in addressing sustainable development challenges.

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  • Permalink to: Data and Statistics for Sustainable Development

    Data and Statistics for Sustainable Development

    SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) convenes technical and policy knowledge from across the global scientific, development, public and private sector data communities.

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  • Permalink to: Support for Agenda 2030

    Support for Agenda 2030

    SDSN supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in September 2015. The 17 goals address the challenges of economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and good governance.

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  • Permalink to: Education for Sustainable Development

    Education for Sustainable Development

    In collaboration with educational institutions from around the world, the SDSN aims to provide quality online courses from the world’s leading experts on sustainable development, for both students and professionals.

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  • Public Consultation: Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the SDGs: An Atlas

    This new report maps the many points of intersection between renewable energy and the SDGs, including ways in which the renewable sector can contribute toward the realization of the SDGs, the risks renewable energy operations can pose for sustainable development and the realization of human rights, and the implications of the SDGs for the industry’s future operations.

  • Photo Gallery — Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) at COP24

    LESC returned to COP24, creating a space for in-depth dialogue with policy-makers. Two events were hosted over two days. The first event on Monday, December 10th, entitled “Accelerating Action to a Low-Carbon Future” featured distinguished guests panelists from government, academia, business, and civil society who addressed the themes of energy and land-use. The second event […]

  • 2018 End of Year Wrap Up Newsletter

    Wishing you a very happy new year from all of us at SDSN! We’ve had a great year, and are thrilled to share some of our successes with you! Network & Regional Center Activities 2018 was a busy year with a number of new Networks and SDG Centers launched. With 10 already lined up for […]

  • COP24: Through the eyes of an Observer

    By: Elena Crete, Climate & Energy Manager, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Climate change is one of the world’s most complicated challenges, and nations are scrambling to organize around a common goal while maintaining their own interests. In 2015, the Paris Agreement was put forth as a unifying doctrine in which 196 countries agreed to work together […]

  • Ethics in Action Series Concludes, Plans Future Work

    Earlier this month, SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs and Pontifical Academy of Sciences Chancellor Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo concluded the eleventh and final meeting of the two-year Ethics in Action for Sustainable and Integral Development initiative. The Ethics in Action working group, consisting of select religious leaders, theologians, academics, business and labor leaders, development practitioners, and activists, was assembled […]

  • Next Civilized City and Sustainable Development Forum in China

    On 3-5 November, the “2018 Future consensus forum— Next Civilized City and Sustainable Development” was held in Beijing. The forum was jointly organized by Institute for Sustainable Dev elopment Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG) and Yeosijae Future Consensus Institute from South Korea. More than 300 hundred experts from all over the world participated in the […]

  • FABLE Advances on Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems

    The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium met for its third full consortium meeting on 3 to 5 December at PIK in Germany. The 60 participants, including 37 FABLE country team members, made great progress towards the adoption of global targets to frame the technical work and the future FABLE interim report. Separately, the FABLE Brazilian country team appeared in German news and a paper on FABLE was published in Horizons – Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development.

  • SDSN Newsletter — December 2018

    Welcome to SDSN’s December 2018 Newsletter! Launch of SDSN USA and SDSN Belgium  This December, the US chapter of the SDSN was launched at Columbia University. SDSN USA will help to mobilize and support America’s colleges, universities, and other leading research institutions to promote the SDGs. SDSN Belgium also launched with thematic priorities on interdisciplinary: sustainable chemistry, climate action, and sustainable […]

  • Launching SDSN’s next European network: SDSN Belgium

    On 29 November, 2018, SDSN launched its latest national network. SDSN Belgium was officially presented at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC) in Brussels. The new national network joins 30 existing national and regional networks that are localizing the SDGs in their relative context, educating and engaging their students and the general public […]

  • SDSN Authors Chapter in New OECD Report

    Today the OECD launched the Development Co-operation Report 2018: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind. The SDSN secretariat contributed to this report and drafted the full chapter 4 on “Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals for all: Policy priorities for leaving no one behind.” Drawing on successful examples, this chapter explores how to meet three challenges […]