Greetings! Please see below for a list of updates from the SDSN. 

Draft SDSN Report Available for Public Consultation

The draft report from the SDSN Leadership Council to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been posted for public consultation on the SDSN website. Comments, corrections, and suggestions are welcome before 22 May 2013.

New SDSN Regional Network & Members

The Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) in cooperation with the MDG Center | West and Central Africa (Senegal) is launching an SDSN for the Sahel Region.

We are very happy to welcome the following institutions as members of the SDSN: The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland (Australia), BRAC Development Institute (BDI) at BRAC University (Bangladesh), the University of Botswana (Botswana), the German Development Institute (Germany), the International Foundation for the Young Masters Program (Sweden), Emory University (USA), and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A & M University (USA).

The SDSN invites universities, think tanks, and other institutions to apply to become members.

New Solutions Initiative Announced

A new Solutions Initiative will develop a global online university for sustainable development. The university will create a collaborative program across academic institutions around the world, and use technology to provide a blend of online and face-to-face delivery systems to reach students at a fraction of the cost of conventional schooling. The team, led by Chandrika Bahadur out of New Delhi, India, aims to launch a prototype in 2014, with a full launch in 2015.

Second Meeting of the SDSN Leadership Council

The Leadership Council met on April 9 and 10, 2013, in New York, USA. The meeting was well attended and focused on (i) the draft report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, (ii) reviewing the work of the Thematic Groups, and (iii) long-term pathways for decarbonizing energy systems featuring presentations from Robert Howarth, Margaret Torn, and Jim Williams.

Cities Group Meets in Bellagio

Thematic Group 09 – Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected – held its first face-to-face meeting at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, from April 22 to 26, 2013. Fifteen participants from ten countries met for three days to debate and draft the urban group’s paper to be submitted to the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Call for Student Proposals for Solutions for the Mediterranean Region

Greening USiena, a student environmental network based at University of Siena, Italy, announces the call for proposals for the Mediterranean Sustainable Development Solutions Network (MED SDSN). From individuals to student groups, from undergraduates to doctorate students, all are invited to submit solutions to sustainable development challenges.

An international committee will be selecting at least two student proposals to be presented at the official launch of the MED SDSN this July at the University of Siena.

Upcoming Events

  • Nigeria launch of the SDSN: Abuja, 6-7 May
  • Sweden launch of the SDSN: Stockholm, 13 May
  • Australia Regional Meeting: Melbourne, 13-14 May
  • Mediterranean SDSN Solutions Conference: Siena, 3-5 July
  • China launch of the SDSN: Guiyang and Beijing, around 22 July
  • Global MDP Conference: New York, 6-8 September
  • Third meeting of the SDSN Leadership Council: New York, 19-20 September

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