Welcome to our October Newsletter!
Thematic Group Reports Launched
On September 18th, the co-chairs of several SDSN Thematic Groups launched their reports at Columbia University, New York:
• Achieving Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Human Rights for All: Challenges and Priorities for the Sustainable Development Agenda
• Harnessing Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Solutions
• Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Development
• Why the World Needs an Urban Sustainable Development Goal
Two draft reports were released for public consultation:
• The Future of Our Children: Lifelong, Multi-Generational Learning for Sustainable Development
• Health In The Framework Of Sustainable Development
Event on Short-Termism in Business Held in New York
Widespread “short-termism” in business and investment decision-making is a critical barrier to addressing sustainable development challenges. For this reason, on September 17th, 2013, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the SDSN convened business leaders, investors, and academics to discuss the key levers that will allow longer-term perspectives in business and investment decision making. Participants expressed their views and practical suggestions for action, some of which will be followed up on by the Thematic Group 12: Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development.
Third Meeting of the SDSN Leadership Council
On September 19th and 20th the Leadership Council of the SDSN met in New York to discuss progress thus far and future work. The event included a discussion with H.E. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on how the SDSN can support the OWG. Isabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment from Brazil, also addressed the Leadership Council highlighting the importance of ambitious solutions for sustainable development in all countries and keeping positive momentum on the MDGs as we work on the SDG agenda.
Indonesia SDSN and Southeast Asia SDSN Launched at APEC Meeting
On October 6, 2013, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, launched the Indonesia SDSN and a regional SDSN for SE Asia. The launch event took place during the APEC meeting and was attended by SDSN Leadership Council members Mari Pangestu and Cherie Nursalim. The United in Diversity Forum working with the University of Indonesia will be a Regional Center for the SDSN in SE Asia. The President’s speech is available on the SDSN website. You can also read coverage of the event in the China Daily, Antara News, and Jakarta Post.
PLASTIC-BUSTERS in the Mediterranean Solutions Initiative Launched!
The first expedition was carried out in the historic vessel Amerigo Vespucci, made available by the Italian Navy. The beautiful vessel crossed the Pelagos Sanctuary (Italy – Monaco – France) over a period of 5 days following a route from Leghorn (Italy) to Toulone (France). The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a marine protected area extending about 90,000 square kilometers in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Eight species of remarkable cetacean fauna, including the baleen whaleBalaenoptera physalus (fin whale), coexist in the sanctuary despite high levels of human pressure. Coastal tourism, recreational and commercial fishing, marine vessels and marine industry are all sources of plastic litter that can directly enter the marine environment, posing a risk to the fauna and flora of this precious region. During this first trip of the Plastic-Busters project, the researchers on board took a set of samples to analyze the presence of plastics in the sea. Click here to see more pictures from the trip or to read coverage by the Italian press.
Thematic Group on Health Meets in New York
On September 18th, 2013, the Thematic Group on Health for All convened in New York, NY, to discuss outreach and the public consultation for their report Health in the Framework of Sustainable Development.
Meeting of the Thematic Group on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
On September 17th, 2013, TG10 met in New York to discuss potential Solutions Initiatives, including projects in Chile, Ghana and Mozambique, and plans for sharing the findings of their report, entitled Harnessing Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Solutions.
New Members Welcomed to the SDSN
On September 19, 2013, the Executive Committee appointed the United in Diversity Forum, Indonesia, as a Regional Center, and Universiti Sains Malaysia as a National SDSN Center for Malaysia. They also approved membership for the following institutions:
Association for Sustainable Innovation in Tunisia
Bocconi University, Italy
Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Center for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel
Myanmar Development Resource Institute
Centre de Recerca en Economia Industrial I Pública, Spain
Consorzio ARCA, Italy
Consorzio IPASS Scarl, Italy
DesertNet International, Germany
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Federal University, Kashere, Nigeria
Fondazione Achille Sclavo ONLUS, Italy
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
ISPONRE, Viet Nam
Laboratoire d’Excellence OT-Med, France
National University of Laos
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), USA
OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Italy
Penang Institute, Malaysia
Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Sciences Po, France
Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden
Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation
The Cyprus Institute
UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy
United Nations University, Japan
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy
Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy
Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
University of Cambodia
University of Ferrara, Italy
University of Southampton, UK
Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), USA
Venice International University, Italy
Viet Nam National University
Water and Environmental Studies Institute, Palestine
• Launch of Malaysia SDSN: Kuala Lumpur, 7-8 October
• Kick-off workshop on Deep Decarbonization Strategies, Seoul, 12-13 October
• Launch of South Korea SDSN: Seoul, 14 October
• Regional conference on Sustainable Development Goals organized by Malaysia and Australia/Pacific SDSNs: Kuala Lumpur, 7-8 November
• The Role of Science & Technology in Sustainable Development – Conference organized for Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: New York, 16 December
• SDSN Ethiopia Launch Event: Addis Ababa, January 2014
News From Our Members
On September 13th, 2013, the Norman Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M hosted a meeting for North American members of the SDSN and other special invitees interested in the role of agriculture in development and the post-2015 agenda.