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  • World Happiness Report 2018

    The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was released on March 14th at a launch event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. A subsequent event will occur on March 20th, celebrating International Day of Happiness at the United Nations.

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  • Permalink to: Launch of Africa Index consultation!

    Launch of Africa Index consultation!

    The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) are jointly working to develop and publish the Africa SDG Index and Dashboard, building on the flagship SDG Index and Dashboards global report. We are launching an open consultation on our draft proposal, seeking expert input on the proposed indicators for the Africa SDG Index and Dashboard in order to improve the draft framework, validate thresholds, fill gaps, and consider alternative data sources.

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  • Permalink to: Learning Exchange for Local Data Action

    Learning Exchange for Local Data Action

    The Local Data Action Solutions Initiative considers data to be a means to encourage action on SDG implementation and to engage diverse local communities. During 2018, the Local Data Action Initiative will provide a limited number of micro grants as part of its objective to promote sound, replicable technical methods for sub-national SDG monitoring that facilitate local action in support of the “leave no one behind” principle.

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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: Universities accelerating action on the SDGs

    Universities accelerating action on the SDGs

    A new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific highlights the important role universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides practical guidance on how they can accelerate their contributions.

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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: 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: 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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  • Seawall Competition Winners Announced- Solutions to Scale

    Testing ideas, documenting success and scaling initiatives are critical to making progress on the SDGs. Many organizations are supporting various efforts for countries to accelerate progress by piloting innovative solutions which address some of the world’s pressing issues.  Within this context, the SDSN Southeast Asia network, in partnership with Hero X, launched the Island of Happiness […]

  • Australian SDG Summit 2018

    On March 13, 2018, the SDSN Australia/Pacific, in partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA), and the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), hosted the country’s second SDG Summit. Nearly 300 representatives of government, civil society, academia, and business gathered to discuss […]

  • Finland Wins Double Gold in World Happiness Report 2018

    ROME, March 14 – This year Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup from 2015-2017. Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order of overall happiness are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia. The U.S. ranked 18th, dropping down four spots from last year. In addition, Finland’s immigrants are also the happiest immigrant population in the world, based on the available data from 117 countries.

  • Launch of Africa Index consultation!

    (ci-dessous en français) The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) are jointly working to develop and publish the Africa SDG Index and Dashboard, building on the flagship SDG Index and Dashboards global report. Our hope in producing this work is that the indicators and dashboards will help African countries pinpoint […]

  • ENoP and SDSN cooperate in promoting the SDGs in the EU

    The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have agreed to cooperate in the promotion of the universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the European Union.

  • SDSN Newsletter — February 2018

    Welcome to SDSN’s February 2018 Newsletter! Launch of SDSN Switzerland Introducing our 25th network, SDSN Switzerland! Co-hosted by The Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern and BIOVISION Foundation, SDSN Switzerland focuses on shaping multi-stakeholder dialogue, fostering sustainable development solutions, and advising decision-makers on the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement. Global Happiness Policy Report Released!  A new companion […]

  • Apply Now to Join the Amazon Summer School!

    SDSN Amazonia and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) are again offering the Amazon Summer School, a 21-day practical course to cultivate global sustainability leaders. The program will be held in the community of Tumbira, located in the Rio Negro Reserve in the north of Brazil. The course leverages experiential learning experiences in the Amazon to […]

  • A Vision for SDSN Canada Materializes at CitiesIPCC Conference

    The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo has been chosen as the Canadian host of The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). SDSN Canada is part of a global SDSN movement to build a network of universities, research centers, civil society organizations, and knowledge institutions. With over 700 participating institutions worldwide, SDSN members […]

  • Global Climate Research Agenda to be Announced at CitiesIPCC Conference

    On March 5-7, the City of Edmonton will host the first-of-its-kind CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, where scientists, policymakers, researchers, and development experts will gather to advance global understanding of climate change, its impacts on cities, and the critical role localities play in solving this challenge. The conference will be marked by the establishment […]

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