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  • SDG Index & Dashboards Report

    July 6, 2017 — Bertelsmann Stiftung and SDSN release the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. The annual study provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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  • Permalink to: NEW Climate Action MOOC starts June 19th!

    NEW Climate Action MOOC starts June 19th!

    Join the SDG Academy's new free online course "Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet" about actionable steps societies, businesses and individuals can take to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, decarbonize the economy, and ensure a safe and prosperous climate future for all. Enroll today!

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  • Permalink to: New

    New "One Planet One Ocean" course | Enroll now!

    The ocean is under threat, stressed by careless lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population. Sustainable development hinges on our collective ability to be good stewards of the ocean. One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Led by the teams at GEOMAR, the International Ocean Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Future Ocean, the course brings in some of the world's leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research.

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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: 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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  • Launch of the SDG Index & Dashboard 2017 in Spain

    Presentation of the SDG Index and Dashboards 2017 in Spain: “Spain is still far from exercising leadership in sustainability” The Spanish SDSN REDS (Red Española para el Desarollo Sostenible) on Wednesday introduced the results of the SDG Index & Dashboards 2017 for Spain Spain ranks 25th of 157 countries included in the report For the […]

  • SDG16 Data Initiative launches inaugural Global Report

    SDSN is proud to participate in the launch of the inaugural Global Report of the SDG16 Data Initiative to assess progress toward realizing the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. The 2017 Global Report is intended to provide governments, UN officials, and civil society stakeholders with a resource for tracking progress on […]

  • Are Orphanages for Orphans?

    By Duna Susie Lee, PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University (NYU) The answer to this question is no and no. To see the first no, try to answer a follow up question: Among 100 children in a residential institution, how many children are orphans? You may be surprised […]

  • Ahead of G20 Summit: ‘My Country First’ Approach Threatens Achievement of Global Goals

    Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising “my country first” approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the SDGs. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations.

  • Engaging Religious Leaders in SDG Advocacy, Solutions, and Action

    On 22 June, SDSN Nigeria held a high-level forum entitled “Engaging Religious Leaders in SDG Advocacy, Solutions, and Action.” Nigerian culture is highly motivated by religious beliefs, and religious leaders often help to shape public opinion and spread knowledge. For this reason, SDSN Nigeria is reaching out to these community pillars to use their powerful voices to reach […]

  • Moving Toward a Free Market for Data

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the desperate need for more and better data if we are to eradicate poverty, stop rising levels of inequality, and tackle climate change.  In order to see how services are working and whether they are reaching those most in need, […]

  • New Report Outlines Role of Science in SDG Policy-Making

    On 22 April, 2017, approximately 1.3 million people in over 600 cities worldwide marched in the name of science. Listed first and foremost in their goals, the March for Science aimed to “strengthen the role of science in policymaking.” While efforts to keep political and scientific agendas separate have often prevented contamination from competing interests, […]

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion on Pathways to Successful Data Partnerships

    As organizations recommit to the challenges of sustainable development, one critical pathway on which both public and private stakeholders agree is the need to embrace data and technology. Data is crucial for monitoring progress, for making the best evidence-based decisions, and for creating meaningful feedback loops. It is also, increasingly, becoming an avenue for varied […]

  • SDSN Activities at the UN Oceans Conference

    From June 5 to 9, an unprecedented event was held at the United Nations: the UN Oceans Conference. This event brought together diverse stakeholders to discuss pressing challenges to achieving SDG 14 (conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources), as well as share solutions from around the world. The SDSN hosted several side events […]

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