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Dear friends,

As 2014 comes to an end we are very glad that the world is making good progress towards adopting a bold sustainable development agenda in 2015. Next year will bring three pivotal conferences on Financing for Development (Addis, July 13-16), Sustainable Development Goals (New York, Sept 25-27), and climate change (Paris, Nov 30-Dec 11). Through our work on indicators and monitoringFinancing for Development, and Deep Decarbonization Pathways, the SDSN supports an ambitious and actionable sustainable development agenda. Our National and Regional SDSNs will support the implementation of the SDGs, and through our education initiative SDSNedu we help train future leaders on sustainable development.

We are grateful for the encouragement, support, and advice we have received from so many of you over the last twelve months. Please don’t hesitate to write to us at if you have questions or suggestions for our work. We also invite you to join the SDSN. More information is available here.

From all of us at the SDSN secretariat, we wish you a peaceful and happy 2015.

Guido Schmidt-Traub
Executive Director

Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP) at COP20
On December 10, the SDSN along with partners IDDRI, IEA, and WBCSD, organized a COP20 side-event on its Low-Carbon Technology Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) initiative. On December 12, the DDPP organized a side-event for country delegations. The COP20 outcome draft negotiating text for Paris includes several references to the importance of national long-term emissions reduction pathways – a promising step forward and a very clear sign of DDPP’s impact. read more »

Public Consultation on Financing for Sustainable Development Draft Report
The draft SDSN report “Financing Sustainable Development: Implementing the SDGs through Effective Investment Strategies and Partnerships” is open for public consultation through to January 15, 2015Submit comments »

Network News

2014-12-22 networks

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  • The IndonesiaSoutheast Asia, and Australia/Pacific SDSNs hosted a working summit on Priorities and Pathways for Sustainable Energy and Deep Decarbonization in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 26–27, 2014. Additionally, the DDPP was represented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet), held in Bogor, Indonesia, on November 24-26, 2014.
  • On December 4-5, 2014, the SDSN Korea network hosted the UN SDSN Korea-Green Korea 2014 Forum in Incheon, Korea. The forum convened leaders from academia, government, civil society, and business to discuss the theme of “Setting Korea’s Targets under the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The event was covered in The Korea Times.
  • On December 8, 2014, SDSN-Amazonia along with several partner organizations organized the Amazon Solutions Day at COP20, which focused on sustainable development solutions in the Amazon region.
  • On December 1, 2014, the Brazil SDSN Leadership Council convened for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. The co-host institutions presented three projects focusing on social inclusion, resilience, and connectivity, which have been selected as the first anchor projects of the Brazil SDSN.
  • SDSN’s Mediterranean Regional Network, known as MED Solutions, is hosting its 2nd International UN SDSN Mediterranean Conference in Siena on March 5-6, 2015. Abstracts are accepted untilJanuary 9, 2015. Registration details are available here.
  • The SDSN Sahel network has recently released its first newsletter, available here (in French).

SDSN in the Media

Jeffrey Sachs: Financing Climate Safety – Project Syndicate, December 26

Paul Polman: Now Is the Time for Action to Preserve Our Precious EcosystemsSustainable Brands, December 22

Klaus Leisinger: Global values for global development – IFPRI, December 22

Frances Beinecke: Six Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of the Climate FightHuffington Post, December 18

Frank Jotzo: Australia comes in from the cold as Lima deal leaves lots to doThe Conversation, December 15

Why Deep Decarbonization Means Breaking From Legacy ChoicesBreaking Energy, December 12

Winnie Byanyima: Listening to People of the Amazon During COP 20: A Story of Land Rights – Huffington Post, December 10

Jeffrey Sachs: The Year of Sustainable Development Project Syndicate, December 9

Guido Schmidt-Traub: The best ways to track the SDGs –, December 4

James Hansen: The Scientist Who Gave a Name to Global WarmingBusinessweek, December 4

Upcoming SDSN Events

  • January 12 – SDSN Spain presentation | Madrid, Spain
  • January 16 – SDSN Sahel launch | Dakar, Senegal
  • February 3 – SDSN Financing for Sustainable Development Conference | London, UK
  • March 5-6MED Solutions Conference II | Siena, Italy
  • March 9-11 – The World in 2050 Kick-off Workshop | Vienna, Austria

News from Our Partners

  • Our Common Future under Climate Change, the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of COP21 will be held in Paris on July 7-10, 2015. Call for Contributions will open on January 9, 2014.
  • December 8, the first-ever Global Nutrition Report was launched at the UNICEF Headquarters. Glenn Denning, Director of SDSN’s New York office, participated in the panel discussion, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, joined by video.
  • On December 4, Antonio Pedro and Joe Bell, the co-chairs of Thematic Group 10: Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, hosted a full day workshop in New York to develop an online course on extractive resource management.
  • On December 3, Aniket Shah, Program Leader of SDSN’s Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative, presented at a discussion on “Asia Capital Markets and their role in Sustainable Development Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals” at the New York office of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
  • Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences and SDSN Leadership Council Member, has recently been appointed as the chair of a High-Level Panel tasked with creating a “technology bank” for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). Learn more here.
  • Congratulation to Jane Lubchenco and Arun Majumdar, who have both been appointed to the U.S. Science Envoy by Department of State. Read more here.
  • On December 2, Prince Albert II of Monaco has pledged his support for the Global Ocean Commission at a high level event on ocean-related UN negotiations organized jointly by the Global Ocean Commission, Prince Albert II Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • On December 11, Aromar Revi gave a presentation on the importance of cities in the SDGs at TEDxPlaceDesNations. Additionally, he gave a Kapuscinski Development Lecture on “Placing the urban at the heart of the SDGs” at the University of Cape Town on November 5.
  • On December 4, Prof. Henry Shue of Oxford University gave a presentation on “Climate Justice: illusion of separation,” organized by the TCD- UCD Masters in Development Practice and the Sustainable Development Solutions Academic Centre of SDSN Dublin, the European Commission, and the UNDP.
  • David Griggs led the publication of “An integrated framework for sustainable development goals” in Ecology and Society.
  • The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and WRI launched the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventoriesto support cities’ accounting of emissions.
  • Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe launched the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), a ranking of the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide at COP20. Read the report here.
  • The UN Global Sustainable Development Report, which will be submitted to the third session of the High-level Political Forum in June 2015, has extended its deadline for submissions of scientific briefs to January 20, 2015.

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