What the Sustainable Development Goals Mean for G20 Countries
A high-level workshop ahead of G20 – Turkey 2015

November 11 and 12, 2015
Bogaziçi University – Istanbul, Turkey

On September 25, 2015, world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a 15 year agenda calling upon countries at all development states to join efforts in realizing economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection.

In the week before this year’s G20 meeting, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and SDSN Turkey (hosted by Bogaziçi University) will convene the first SDSN20 – a meeting of international sustainability academics and experts to discuss:

  • Implementing and localizing the SDGs in the G20 countries
  • How G20 processes can support the SDGs
  • International financing & role of the private sector
  • The role of youth in achieving the SDGs

The meeting will include perspective from SDSN Regional and National Network leadership from the following networks: Amazon, Brazil, Germany, Mediterranean, Sahel, Spain, and Turkey.

The SDSN20 will conclude with the signing of a Declaration for Action. SDSN20 will gather annually to promote the SDGs within the G20 processes.


H.E. Ambassador Mithat Rende, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OECD

Aromar Revi, Co-Chair, SDSN; Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

Prof. Güven Sak, Executive Director, The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, SDSN; Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Other scholars and experts to be confirmed as speakers


Boğaziçi University’s Rectorate Meeting Room

Bebek, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

RSVP: Kathy Zhang at

PRESS: If you would like schedule an interview with Jeffrey Sachs (Director of SDSN and the Earth Institute at Columbia University), please contact Kyu Lee at

For all other press inquires, please contact Kathy Zhang at


About SDSN

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to support practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN operates national and regional networks of knowledge institutions, solution-focused thematic networks, and is building SDSNedu, an online university for sustainable development.