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Welcome to our December Newsletter!

We wish you and your families a healthy and joyous New Year, and look forward to working with you in 2014!

The Role of Science & Technology in Sustainable Development

Science and Technology panelOn December 16th UN DESA and the SDSN convened a meeting on the role of science and technology in sustainable development for the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers included Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary, Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya; Jeffrey Sachs, and Guido Schmidt-Traub on behalf of the SDSN; and several members of the Leadership Council including Achim Dobermann, James Hansen, Rebecca Nelson, Aromar Revi, and Cynthia Rosenzweig. Presentations are available online.

Campaign for an SDG on Cities 

A new website has been launched for the Campaign for an Urban SDG: www.urbanSDG.org. Please visit this page to join the campaign.

On November 26, the SDSN presented the case for an SDG on Cities at the UCLG-Global Task Force meeting on “Localizing the SDGs” in Brussels. Participants agreed to work together towards an urban SDG. On December 6, Cynthia Rosenzweig gave closing remarks at the Communitas Coalition meeting on “Sustainable Cities in the New UN Post-2015 Development Agenda”. Emma Torres, Director of the Brazilian SDSN, participated as a member of the panel.

Meeting on Sustainable International Investment 

On November 15, an expert workshop, co-hosted by the SDSN, the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, and the Natural Resource Charter, was held to discuss frameworks for shared use of mining-related infrastructure, including rail, ports, power, water, internet, and telecommunications. A summary of the discussions is available online. The revised frameworks, along with detailed case studies from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique will be published in due course.

Meeting of the Thematic Group on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

On December 17 – 19 the Thematic Group on Sustainable Agriculture and Foods Systems met with additional experts to brainstorm possible Solutions Initiatives to launch in 2014. Priorities discussed included nutrient stewardship, knowledge-sharing launchpads for smallholder farmers, access to energy for rural dwellers, and roadmaps for transforming agricultural systems.

SDSN Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project Launched

The SDSN Korea Forum hosted the kick-off meeting of the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project in Seoul on October 12 and 13, 2013. The project mobilizes energy and climate modeling experts from 11 countries or regions (Australia, Brazil, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the United States of America), covering more than 70% of global CO2 emissions to prepare long-term, transparent decarbonization pathways that in aggregate will be consistent with the 2°C goal.  The project will issue a preliminary report to the UN Secretary General in preparation for the September 2014 World Leaders Climate Summit. A final report will be submitted to the French government to support a successful outcome of the 2015 UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. Click here to read more

SDSN in the Media

Upcoming Events

  • Gaidar Forum: Moscow, 15-17 January
  • Sahel SDSN Launch Event: January 2014
  • South Asia SDSN Launch Event: February 2014
  • Amazon SDSN Launch Event: Manaus, March 2014

News From Our Partners

Israel Klabin, member of the Leadership Council and Founder of SDSN Member Center Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS) was named one of the 100 most influential people in Brazil by EPOCA Magazine.