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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launced a new, independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems on August 9, 2012. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development. This initiative is part of the work undertaken in response to the mandate on post-2015 and the outcome of the Rio + 20 Conference.

The new project will begin work immediately, as the international community initiates preparations for a new development framework. The Network will be directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals, and will operate in close coordination with the High level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda announced by the UN last week. Click here to view the full press release.