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  • US Cities SDG Index Consultation

    The SDSN presents the U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index for the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs) in the United States of America (US), covering some 70% of the population. The SDG index synthesizes data available today across 53 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed by all countries in September 2015. The authors have prepared this draft document for public consultation to seek comments and suggestions for improvement on the metrics and methodology by 20th April 2017. All comments and suggestions, and requests for additional data should be sent to

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    NEW "Feeding a Hungry Planet" course | Enroll now!

    Enroll in the SDG Academy's newest 7-week online course on agriculture, nutrition and sustainability. Taught by eight leading experts in the field of sustainable agriculture. Open from March 20th to May 21st.

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    "The Best Start in Life" course | Enroll now!

    Join the SDG Academy's new 8-week online course on early childhood development and the SDGs. Taught by professors from New York University and Harvard University, in partnership with UNICEF. Offered from February 27th to May 8th.

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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: National & Regional Networks

    National & Regional Networks

    SDSN is building a global network of universities, research centers, and other knowledge institutions. Members are organized around National or Regional SDSNs to support the implementation of Agenda 2030, promote Solution Initiatives, and strengthen education for sustainable development.

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  • Permalink to: Financing for Sustainable Development

    Financing for Sustainable Development

    SDSN is working with leading organizations, government agencies, international institutions and businesses around the world to support the financing of the Agenda 2030, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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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: Deep Decarbonization Pathways

    Deep Decarbonization Pathways

    The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is an SDSN Solution Initiative co-founded with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) to prepare national low-emission development pathways to 2050, consistent with limiting the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°C, as called-for in the recently adopted Paris Agreement. The DDPP is conducted by more than 16 Country Research Teams composed of leading researchers and research institutions from countries representing more than 70% of global greenhouse emissions.

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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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  • Permalink to: Thematic Networks

    Thematic Networks

    SDSN organizes solution-oriented Thematic Networks to address some of the most pressing questions relating to the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The Networks highlight priority actions, open questions, and early-stage demonstration projects. They are open to experts around the world.

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  • Permalink to: Solution Initiatives

    Solution Initiatives

    Solution Initiatives promote new technologies, business models, institutional mechanisms, policies, and combinations thereof that can accelerate progress towards sustainable development.

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  • SDSN Northern Europe launches the Oceans Solutions Report at SIF Oceans

    On Tuesday, May 16th, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe and the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden together launched the Oceans Solutions Report at the Solution Initiative Forum (SIF) Oceans in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our oceans are key to well-being and social and economic development worldwide. At present, as much as 40% of our […]

  • Launch of the Amazon Solutions Platform

    Please join us in Berlin on Monday, May 29th, from 19:00-20:00, for the launch of the Amazon Solutions Platform. The platform aims to to geo-reference the best practices of public, private, and civil society stakeholders and promote scientific, technical, and academic understanding of sustainable development.

  • A Long-Term Transformation Pathways Initiative (LTTPI) for the G20

    by Guido Schmidt-Traub Challenge To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, G20 countries will need to undertake profound transformations of their energy systems, food production, industry, cities, and ocean management: The world will use more energy, but energy-related greenhouse gas emissions must fall to zero by 2070 at the […]

  • The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy Project: Pathways for Sustainable Land Use

      The SDSN and IIASA are launching the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Initiative to develop consistent global and national pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems by 2050. Land use choices affect five critical areas of sustainable development: (i) food production, (ii) greenhouse gas emissions, (iii) biodiversity conservation including forest conservation, […]

  • Building an SDG Data Dashboard for San José, California

    By Derek Ouyang, Lecturer, Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative, Stanford University and Sandra Ruckstuhl, Program Manager, SDSN Introduction San José, California was selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) in 2015. This project, led by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), brings together academic institutions and key urban […]

  • Ethics in Action NYC series: Police-Community Relations

    The mutual trust of the citizenry and the police force constitute a vital underpinning of social stability, safety, and the wellbeing of the citizenry. It is especially important to dialogue on this important issue and to identify the values that could form the basis of a moral consensus to support the common good. This event on April 13th will feature a short address by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill followed by a moderated panel discussion on the ethical dimension of police-community relations.

  • USA Sustainable Cities Initiative Presentations at American Planning Association Conference

    On Sunday 7th May representatives from SDSN’s Sustainable Cities Initiative presented at the annual conference of the American Planning Association, showcasing efforts to implement and monitor the SDGs in three USA cities: New York, San José, and Baltimore. Presentations on each city’s progress and an overview presentation from Jessica Espey (SDSN’s Senior Adviser) are available […]

  • Global Fund lessons for Sustainable Development Goals

    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria (GF) was launched in 2001 in the context of the AIDS pandemic and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks in large part to key design principles (DPs), the GF public-private partnership has played a major role in advancing public health science and in scaling up and strengthening evidence-based public health efforts in developing countries. As world leaders prepare to advance international development finance at the July 2017 Group of 20 (G20) Summit, we suggest the GF as a template for funding research, development, and scale-up of interventions in both health and nonhealth areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replaced MDGs in 2016.

  • US Cities SDG Index Consultation

    The SDSN presents the U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index for the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs) in the United States of America (US), covering some 70% of the population. The SDG index synthesizes data available today across 53 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed by all countries in September 2015. The data provides a more holistic and comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges faced by US cities than available through other metrics. Results show that all US cities, even those at the top of the index, have far to go to achieve the SDGs. The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to set a framework for action and help urban leaders address implementation challenges across cities.