• Permalink to: A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

    A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

    In January 2019, SDSN hosted a workshop alongside the 2019 Winter Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors with practitioners and experts to discuss their experiences and consider lessons detailed in the draft practitioner guide: “A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.” This guide, a re-imagining of a 2016 guide prepared for a global urban audience, presents 10 steps for cities to consider on their way to adapting and adopting the global framework for their own city.

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  • Permalink to: SDSN USA Launch: Moving America Forward

    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: 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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News
  • Finland Again is the Happiest Country in the World

    As in 2018, Finland again takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world according to three years of surveys taken by Gallup from 2016-2018. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are countries that have consistently ranked among the happiest. They are in order: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. The US ranked 19th dropping one spot from last year.

  • SDSN Launches in Mexico

    On March 7, the SDSN launched its 32nd network, SDSN Mexico, in order to mobilize actions towards the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through partnerships between academia, government, companies, and social organizations. This national network is hosted by the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and aims to […]

  • Call for case studies: SDG learning and teaching in universities

    SDSN is developing an in-depth guide on how universities and higher education institutions can support the uptake and implementation of the SDGs through their learning and teaching activities. To support the new learning and teaching guide, we are inviting universities and higher education institutions from all parts of the world to submit case studies on SDG-related activities they are undertaking.

  • SDSN Publishes New Guide for US Cities

    In January 2019, SDSN hosted a workshop alongside the 2019 Winter Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors with practitioners and experts to discuss their experiences and consider lessons detailed in the draft practitioner guide: “A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.” This guide, a re-imagining of a 2016 guide prepared for a global urban audience, presents 10 steps for cities to consider on their way to adapting and adopting the global framework for their own city.

  • Get Involved: Move Humanity Conference

    Move Humanity Conference Financing the SDGs: Wealth Taxes, Development Aid, Ending Tax Havens March 27-28 | Copenhagen, Denmark | Danish Parliament The Copenhagen-based Human Act Foundation and SDSN, in association with ActionAid Denmark, are putting on the inaugural Move Humanity Conference, to be hosted in Copenhagen at the Danish Parliament by Mr. Peter Hummelgaard (MP) and the […]

  • Open Position: SDG Analyst Intern, SDSN USA

    SDSN USA produces two sub-national reports, the City SDG Index, looking at the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the US, and the State SDG Index, comparing all 50 states on the SDGs. SDSN USA is seeking a student to provide staff support to the City and State SDG indices as an Analyst Intern. SDSN USA will be updating and expanding the indices to include longitudinal data, as well as updating and revising the data and preparing two new reports for publication in June and September. The indices are part of an effort to raise awareness of the SDGs at the sub-national level in the US, and to highlight areas of excellence and of improvement across cities and states.

  • Open Position: Senior Research Manager, TReNDS

    The SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented mid-career professional to manage a series of strategic research programs for TReNDS, relating to data science and new methodological approaches for monitoring sustainable development. The Senior Manager will work closely with the Director of the TReNDS program, as well as the TReNDS members and co-chairs.

  • SDSN Partners with the Global Covenant of Mayors

    The Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are proud to announce a long-term partnership delivering on the Innovate4Cities Call to Action and assisting local governments in advancing the implementation of national and supranational climate commitments. Through this partnership, SDSN will harness its global network of universities and knowledge hubs and serve as a lead […]

  • A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

    With this guide, cities can take advantage of the SDG framework and other cities’ experiences, saving valuable time and resources in setting goals and strategies while not reinventing the wheel. This guide also provides case studies and examples from U.S. cities that have begun to use the SDGs to fortify their own planning by adapting them to the local context. Cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and San José are leading the way, showing the utility of the SDG framework to broaden their ambition and bolster their existing plans and strategies.

  • Closing the SDG Budget Gap

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require major societal transformations that will depend on significant fiscal outlays and private investments. These fiscal outlays cover public investments, the public provision of social services, and social protection for vulnerable populations. The key message of this report, in line with and building on recent findings from the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), is that the governments of the Low-Income Developing Countries (LIDCs), a group of 59 low-income countries with annual incomes below US $2,700 per capita, will have to increase budget outlays significantly to achieve the SDGs, significantly outstripping their current and potential domestic revenues. The estimation of this report is that the SDG public financing gap for the world’s poorest countries is on the order of $300-400 billion USD, an amount equal to a small share of the incomes of donor countries and the world’s wealthiest individuals. This report also emphasizes that precise estimates of SDG financing needs depend on further, country-specific costing analyses that LIDC governments and the international community should undertake as a matter of priority.

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

    This document 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.