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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: Achieving a Sustainable Urban America: SDSN’s first U.S. Cities SDG Index

    Achieving a Sustainable Urban America: SDSN’s first U.S. Cities SDG Index

    Aug 10, 2017 -- The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities. The Index covers the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs). It synthesizes data available today across 49 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed upon by all countries in September 2015. The data provides a more holistic and comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges faced by U.S. cities than available through other metrics. Results show that all U.S. cities, even those at the top of the Index, have far to go to achieve the SDGs.

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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: 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: 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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  • Youth are the future. Are they prepared to lead?

    Most of the leaders who grace the world stage today have been in charge for decades, using their experience to lead us through crises and prosperity. Yet they are increasingly out of step in a world of grassroots activism and global movements spread solely by the digital revolution – and led by a new generation. […]

  • SDSN Newsletter — September 2017

    Welcome to SDSN’s September 2017 Newsletter! September Events Roundup On the occasion of the annual general debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), SDSN organized events focusing on the practicalities of implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the SDGs. The events were attended by Heads of State, UN ambassadors, industry leaders, scientists, […]

  • SDSN September 2017 Events Summary

    The 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) opened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 13, 2017. The General Debate of UNGA 72 opened on September 19, 2017. SDSN and our partners hosted the following events in and around the UNGA: Meet the Networks September 17, 2017 In advance of the […]

  • “So, I Tried a Decentralized Solar Solution”

    By Claude Nahon We see it happening every day: the world is moving towards lower carbon energy, more decentralized production, and increased technology. This transition to the low-carbon economy also means that individuals may need to become more actively involved in understanding and choosing the source of their daily energy needs. We may even need […]

  • SDSN Switzerland’s ambitious vision for the 2030 Agenda

    SDSN Switzerland’s discussion paper outlines important considerations for the effective national implementation of Agenda 2030. The paper includes comments and recommendations to create a transformational and multidisciplinary sustainable development strategy for Switzerland based on scientific knowledge. SDSN Switzerland defines the following priority areas: Reduce the ecological footprint resulting from unsustainable consumption and production processes in […]

  • An Aristotelian Perspective on Sustainable Development: Launch of SDSN Greece

    The SDSN has a new network! SDSN Greece is the 23rd national and regional network in the networks program and adds to a wide array of coverage in the Mediterranean region.  The launch event kicked off on September 6, 2017, with an executive meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN. An executive pre-launch […]

  • Navigating the Data Revolution: TReNDS Annual Learning Session

    To mark the launch of Counting on the World, the new report from SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS), students and experts came together for a three-part Learning Session on Data for Development at the Columbia School of Journalism. The workshop event enabled participants to engage with leading experts on the […]

  • SDG Data Tools Supporting Action in the California Bay Area

    Data is integral to target-setting and tracking SDG achievement over time. While much attention has been given to national-level measurement and reporting systems, such as the U.S. National Reporting Platform (NRP), less has been done to determine how these types of activities might function at the city level. For the past year, Stanford University’s Sustainable Urban […]

  • 5th Annual ‘International Conference on Sustainable Development’ to Feature Presidents and Practitioners and Focus on “The World in 2050”

    New York City – On September 18-20, 2017, the SDSN, Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development, and the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Programs are hosting the Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) at Columbia University in New York City. The conference theme this year is The World in 2050: […]

  • SDSN Newsletter — August 2017

    Welcome to SDSN’s August 2017 Newsletter! First-Ever ‘U.S. Cities SDG Index’ Ranks American Cities Based on Sustainability  SDSN released the first ever U.S. Cities SDG Index which ranks the 100 most populous U.S. cities, using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), based on their performance on the SDGs. A list of the global media coverage is available here. SDSN Malaysia […]

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