Welcome to our July Newsletter!

Revised SDSN Indicator Report aligned with OWG goals

The SDSN has issued a revised working draft entitled Indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs. We have aligned the SDSN’s indicator framework with the draft SDGs recently announced by the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals. The revised report also includes key outcomes from several recent events held on SDG indicators and the data revolution, including a June 23-24 technical workshop organized by the SDSN. We are also grateful for the recent assessment of data availability by the UN Statistical Commission Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress. We welcome comments on this revised working draft, which should be sent to info@unsdsn.org.

Thematic Group Inputs to the OWG

Several SDSN Thematic Groups have issued reactions to the work of the OWG: The TG on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources has written to recommend a target on natural resources in proposed SDGs. We are pleased that such a target (12.1) has been adopted by the OWG.

Members of the #urbanSDG campaign submitted a letter to the OWG co-chairs with proposed adjustments to its goal on sustainable cities.

The TG on Social Inclusion, Gender Equality, and Human Rights submitted a letter to the OWG co-chairs with six recommendations on gender, inequalities, and social inclusion.

Deep Decarbonization Pathway Report Launched

On July 8, 2014, the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project presented its interim 2014 report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York (full statement available here). On July 10, the report was launched in Paris, in presence of the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. On July 11, Laurence Tubiana, the French Climate Change Ambassador, delivered a keynote speech on the long-term goal of international climate negotiations to the participants of the Major Economies Forum (MEF).

The DDPP report has been produced cooperatively by leading research institutes in 15 countries to outline national pathways for staying within 2°C. The report has been covered in The New York Times, The Guardian, and many other outlets.

Add Your Name of a Climate Message for World Leaders

The SDSN has recently issued this statement urging world leaders to take action on climate change and limit rising average global temperatures to 2°C – the widely agreed-upon target for avoiding the most dangerous consequences.  The statement will be delivered at the UN Climate Summit on September 23, 2014.  Many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts have already signed this message. Please add your support at unsdsn.org/climate-letter and share widely with your networks!

Jeffrey Sachs’ Fall Online Course “Age of Sustainable Development” Now Open for Registration

SDSN will be offering the second instance of Jeffrey Sachs’ course, The Age of Sustainable Development, free of charge in September 2014 through our new SDSN.edu platform, and students who complete this course will receive a free e-book written by Professor Sachs. You can register for the course on SDSN.edu

Register Now for the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (Sept 17-18)

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the SDSN, will hold the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City. The conference will mobilize students, faculty, and practitioners to present and discuss sustainable development solutions. Register for the conference here and send any inquiries to ICSDP@globalmdp.org.

News from Regional and National SDSNs

South Asia SDSN Launched

On July 6, 2014, the South Asia Regional Network of SDSN was launched at TERI University, New Delhi. Representatives of universities and research institutes from across South Asia attended the launch, along with R. K. Pachauri, Chancellor of TERI University and Chairman of IPCC, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN. TERI University, India and BRAC University, Bangladesh are the co-hosts of the South Asia SDSN. The launch was covered in The Hindu and First Post.

MED Solutions Welcomes 18 New Members

MED solutions recently received more than 20 requests for membership, including from leading institutions in the area of sustainable development with expertise in key areas including energy efficiency, natural resource management, and many others. Visit their website to receive the latest news and to register for their monthly newsletter.

New Members Admitted into the SDSN

The SDSN is pleased to welcome 70 new members from all world regions into the SDSN! Click here to view the complete list of new members.

SDSN in the Media

John Thwaites, David Griggs & Tahl Kestin in The Conversation – Will 2015 be the year the world agrees how to live sustainably? – July 25, 2014

SDSN in SciDev.Net – Science struggles to see its place in final drafting of SDGs – July 24, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in Prague Post – The Waste of War – July 22, 2014

Frances Beinecke in Huffington Post – National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted; Just Look at Latest Calls for Action – July 21, 2014

Helene Gayle in UN Dispatch – Episode 26 (Audio) – July 21, 2014

K. Srinath Reddy in The Hindu – A new index to measure social progress – July 20, 2014

Winnie Byanyima in Huffington Post – The Opportunity of a Generation: Ending Extreme Inequality – July 17, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in Environment360 – Five Questions On Decarbonizing the Economy – July 15, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in LiveMint – A case like Syria started with years of drought – July 11, 2014

David Satterthwaite in Eco-Business – Can we change the goals of development without changing the implementers? – July 10, 2014

Stephen Leeder in Financial Review – Poor policy to blame for problems in health sector – July 9, 2014

SDSN in New York Time – Blueprints for Containing the Climate Crisis – July 8, 2014

SDSN in The Guardian – UN Given Roadmap on How to Avoid Climate Catastrophe – July 8, 2014

Andrew Steer in BBC – Pollution in an economic problem (video) – July 8, 2014

Jeffrey Sach in Financial Times – How to Decarbonise the Global Economy  – July 8, 201

Guido Schmidt-Traub in The Guardian – Why data and metrics are essential for future development goals to be met – July 4, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs in SciDev.Net – Why the SDGs are big on science – July 4, 2014

Feike Sijbesma in China Daily – DSM keen on fueling innovation in China – July 2, 2013

Jeffrey Sachs in Huffington Post – Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change – July 2, 2014

Richard Layard in Huffington Post – ‘What’s the Problem?’ (co-author) – July 1, 2014

Upcoming SDSN Events

  • July 28 – Great Lakes SDSN Launch | Kigali, Rwanda
  • August 25-30 – 5th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) | Ibadan, Nigeria
  • September 17-18 – 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice organized with MDP Consortium | New York, USA
  • September 19-20 – Fifth Leadership Council meeting | New York, USA
  • September 22 – Special Event for World Leaders on Climate Change and Sustainable Development | New York, USA
  • October 22-24 – Sustainability Science Congress 2014 | Copenhagen, Denmark
  • November 4-11 – APEC meetings | Beijing, China

News from our Partners

  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have been select to by the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) to develop the Nature Capital Protocol, a mythology to help businesses understand their resource usage and environmental impacts.
  • The Cyprus Institute has been selected to manage the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hub of the new globally distributed secretariat of Future Earth. Read the announcement here.
  • A recent study from the Monash Sustainability Institute found that implemention the greenhouse gas emission measures identified in ClimateWorks Australia’s  Low Carbon Growth Plan for Australia could save one-third of Melbourne’s water usage.
  • A new study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS Sydney examined Australia’s urban tree coverage using a software program called i-Tree Canopy. Learn more here.
  • The 2014 Winners of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Awards, which recognizes exemplary action across climate change, biodiversity & water resources, have been announced here.
  • International Council for Science (ICSU) has launched Road to Paris, a new blog focusing on UNFCCC, post-2015, and disaster risk.
  • TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the TED conference dedicated to “ideas worth spreading,” will live-stream its entire program free to SDSN affiliates September 10-14. To register to watch the simulcast for free, click here and enter your complimentary invitation code TMLicSDSN14.