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Welcome to our March Newsletter!

Public consultation on draft SDSN Indicator Report
Public online consultation closes on March 28  Last chance to participate in the public consultation on the draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. Due to high interest, the consultation has been extended to March 28, 2014. We will issue a revised working version of the document in April. Thank you very much for your help in improving the draft.

Presentation of draft report at UN New York on April 4 (Trusteeship Council, 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm) – In collaboration with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) the SDSN will host a side event during the Open Working Group meetings to present preliminary results from the public consultation and solicit comments on the draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. A limited number of special event tickets are available for persons without a UN grounds pass. Please RSVP to no later than 5 pm EST on Tuesday April 1 and check the event page for the most up-to-date information.

New public consultation until April 14 on draft report “Forest, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”
On March 14, 2014, the SDSN Thematic Group on Forest, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services launched a public consultation of the draft report Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services. The consultation will end on April 14.

SDSN Online Education: MOOC on Climate Negotiations and many others
In fall 2014 the SDSN will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the global climate negotiations. In the run-up to the 2015 climate conference (COP-21) in Paris, the course will familiarize students with the climate negotiations and allow them to participate in an online simulation of the negotiations. The SDSN is preparing other MOOCs on sustainable development and will offer Jeffrey Sachs’ The Age of Sustainable Development again in the fall of 2014. Universities that are interested in offering the course as part of their curricula should write to us.

News from Regional and National SDSNs

SDSN network map

The number of Regional and National SDSNs is expanding rapidly. An interactive map is available here.

Amazon SDSN – The SDSN for the Amazon region was launched on March 18 in Manaus, Brazil. The network is hosted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and will coordinate a regional network of research centers, universities, NGOs, and businesses to identify and implement sustainable development solutions. Virgilio Viana, Director of FAS; Emma Torres, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme; Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Minister of Environment, Adalberto Val, Director, National Institute of Amazonian Research, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, and many others participated in the launch. For more information about the Amazon SDSN visit

Brazil SDSN launch eventBrazil SDSN – The Brazil SDSN was launched on March 17, 2014, at the Museum of Art of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazil SDSN will be co-hosted by 4 organizations: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Pereira Passos of the City of Rio de Janeiro, and Conservation International Brazil. The launch event was covered in Estadão, G1, and O Globo, among other news publications. An organizing workshop was held for the Brazil SDSN on February 13-14, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. A report of the workshop proceedings is available here.

SDSN Germany launch eventGermany SDSN – On March 4, 2014, close to 30 representatives from science, civil society, business and government came together in Berlin to launch the Germany SDSN. It will serve as a platform for German institutions engaged in sustainable development, with the promotion of a broader German public debate on post-2015 issues being one of its main concerns. Next steps will be coordinated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in collaboration with a core group of other research institutions and civil society organizations. Learn more about the Germany SDSN here.

Panel Discussion on “Energiewende” – On March 4, 2014, GDI and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the international dimension of the German energy transition (“Energiewende”). Click here to view Jeffrey Sachs’ interview with GDI on SDSN’s work and the post-2015 & climate negotiations.

Caribbean SDSN: Launch Event & Call for Proposals – A Call for Proposals for Solution Initiatives in the Caribbean has been launched by the host of the Caribbean SDSN, the University of the West Indies. On May 7-8, 2014, this Regional SDSN will be launched at the UWI Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. The event will feature a keynote address by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and present candidates for Solution Initiatives. For more information, please write to us.

Great Lakes SDSN: Information Workshop at the University of Rwanda On February 24, 2014, the University of Rwanda hosted an information workshop on the Great Lakes SDSN, a regional network that will bring together institutions from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. The workshop was attended by 55 participants, including senior representatives from the Rwandan & Congolese Ministries of Education and the University of Ngozi in Burundi.

Rwanda Info workshop event

Nigeria SDSN Presents Briefing on Sustainable Development Goals On February 25, 2014, Ikenna Onyido, Director of the Nigeria SDSN, briefed the Nigerian National Assembly Joint Senate and House Committee on the Millennium Development Goals on the process of designing the Sustainable Development Goals.

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SDSN in the Media
SDSN Solutions Initiative Plastic Busters in SWEEP-Net – New data on marine litter from the Plastic Busters team – March 12, 2014

Benita Diop in The Guardian – Seven women to watch in global politics – March 7, 2014

Rajendra Pachauri in The Guardian – Floods and gales are taste of things to come, says UN climate science chief – March 7, 2014

Christiana Figueres in CNN – Why women are the secret weapon to tackling climate change – March 6, 2014

Christiana Figueres in The Guardian – UN climate chief: extreme weather reminds us we must act on climate change – March 5, 2014

Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona in Thomson Reuters Foundation – IWD 2014: Women pay high price for unpaid care work (co-author) – March 4, 2014

Paul Polman in Forbes – Farm Girl from South Africa and Unilever’s CEO Conspire To Change The World – March 3, 2014

Christiana Figueres in The Guardian – World Wildlife day should remind us we need a climate deal in Paris (co-author) – March 3, 2014

SDSN & Urban SDG in The Nature of Cities – “Why We Need an Urban Sustainable Development Goal” – March 2, 2014

SDSN Thematic Group on Health for All in IISD – Civil Society Groups Provide Inputs on SDGs, Post-2015 – March 2014

Antonio Pedro in All Africa – Africa’s Transformation Agenda Needs to Be Led By Africans – February 28, 2014

Martin Visbeck in Research in Germany – Climate Change: A Bumpy Road – February 28, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in Huffington Post – Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development (co-author) – March 7, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in Columbia University Lecture – The Path to Sustainable Development (video) – February 25, 2014

David Satterthwaite in SciDev – Health in urban slums depends on better local data – March 17, 2014 

Upcoming SDSN Events

  • March 30 – April 3 – Capacity Building Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals | Ilorin, Nigeria | Click to view the Call for Nominations
  • April 4 – Side-Event at the UN on the draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals | New York, USA
  • April 29-May 1 – Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Meeting | Paris, France
  • May 7-8 – Caribbean SDSN Launch | Kingston, Jamaica
  • May 15-16 – SDSN Leadership Council meeting | Beijing, China
  • May – China SDSN Launch Event | Beijing, China
  • May 19-20 – Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals | Melbourne, Australia
  • June 27 – Turkish SDSN Launch Event | Istanbul, Turkey
  • July 7 –  South Asia SDSN Launch Event | New Delhi, India
  • August 25-30 – 5th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) | Ibadan, Nigeria | Click to view the announcement letter
  • September 17-18 – Sustainable Development Solutions Conference organized with MDP Consortium | New York, USA
  • September 19-20 – SDSN Leadership Council meeting | New York, USA

News from Our Partners

  • Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is spearheading the Green Policy Index (GPI) in partnership with the European Commission. They are currently offering a survey to citizens of countries bordering the Atlantic-basin to study perception of key environmental figures and potential policies in the field of sustainable development. Click here for more information or to take the survey.
  • United Nations University (UNU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered to create the first ever global survey examining the impacts of e-waste recycling on child health. Read more about the project here.
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) launches the first ever cloud based, open-source Web-GIS Tool for estimating rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities. Read more about the project here.