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Local Solutions in the African Great Lakes

On July 12, 2017, SDSN Great Lakes held a conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on “Local Solutions to Achieve the SDGs” in partnership with the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics. The network Chair, Françoise Kayitare Tengera, opened the day by welcoming the network members who traveled from Burundi, Congo, Kenya, and Uganda. Dr. Belay […]

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 […]

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  • 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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