COP21 Spotlight: SDSN Work on Climate Change
The SDSN’s work on climate change is making headlines in today’s New York Times. If you are in Paris, we invite you to join us for a discussion on next steps for climate change on Monday, December 7, at 6:30pm (register here for event). A new SDSN Working Paper explains Why Climate Policy Needs Long-Term Deep Decarbonization Pathways.

US Deep Decarbonization Pathway Released
Volume Two of the US 2050 report provides a roadmap for the economics and policies of deep decarbonization in the United States. Released in 2014, Volume One of the report showed the feasibility and affordability of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.

DDPP Synthesis Report to be Released on December 3
The 2015 Synthesis report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) will be released on Thursday at a technical workshop with the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) program. The Executive Summary is available here (also in French).

Growing Political Support for Long-term Pathways
In early November the Presidents of China and France committed to preparing long-term strategies for decarbonization. This statement echoes the US-China Joint Presidential Statement and the conclusions from an informal meeting of 40+ heads of state in September.

SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs outlines his views on COP21 Paris climate talks in today’s Financial Times. For more updates on the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project, see today’s DDPP Newsletter.

SDSN Spain Convenes Political Parties to Commit to Implementing SDGs
On November 24, 2015, SDSN Spain (Red Española para el Desarrollo Sostenible – REDS) launched a Declaration with all political parties in Spain to publicly commit to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda before the national elections on December 20. The Declaration was presented with all major political parties in attendance, by the Chairs of SDSN Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos and Teresa Ribera. read more»

SDSN Turkey Convenes High-Level Workshop Ahead of G20
On November 11-12, SDSN Turkey (hosted by Bogaziçi University) convened the first SDSN20 – a meeting of international sustainability academics and experts to discuss: “What the SDGs Mean for G20 Countries.” The meeting included perspectives from SDSN Regional and National Network leadership from the following networks: Amazon, Brazil, Germany, Mediterranean, Spain, and Turkey. The event concluded with the signing of the Declaration for Actionread more»

USA Sustainable Cities Initiative Launches in Baltimore
On November 6, the University of Baltimore announced it will serve as the lead university partner in Baltimore as part of the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI), led by SDSN and Climate Nexus. USA-SCI aims to support the technical process of developing long-term SDG-based strategies in select US cities. read more»

SDSN in the Media

A Path for Climate Change, Beyond ParisNew York Times, December 1

Jeffrey Sachs: COP21 Paris climate talks: World powers are aligned and change is possible – Financial Times, November 30

Laura Segafredo: Six Tough Questions About Climate ChangeState of the Planet, November 30

Anthony Annett: Why the Paris Climate Talks MatterAmerica Magazine, November 30

Paul Polman: How Can Business Make a Difference In Paris?Huffington Post, November 25

Andrew Steer: Setting the Mood for a Strong Global Climate AgreementHuffington Post, November 24

Christiana Figueres: Paris Convention Represents ‘Turning Point’ In Climate Policy (audio)NPR, November 23

Africa: Unsustainable Development Goals – Are 222 Indicators Too Many? IRIN, November 23

$1.4tn a year needed to reach global goals for world’s poorestThe Guardian, November 18

Jeffrey Sachs: Sustainable Development Goals (video)Huffington Post, November 9

Guido Schmit-Traub: The Reality Gap in the Push to Close the Global Warming ‘Emissions Gap’ in ParisNew York Times, November 6

Exclusive interview: Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSDBlue & Green Tomorrow, November 3

Aniket Shah: Forging a greener pathAfrica Investor, November 1

Upcoming SDSN Events
  • December 2 – ICLEI “TAP Talk” with Jeffrey Sachs (RSVP) | Paris, France
  • December 3-4 – Technical DDPP-MAPS workshop on national emission pathways | Paris, France
  • December 5 – Internal DDPP workshop | Paris, France
  • December 6 – High-level event on national emission pathways co-organized by DDPP and MAPS | Paris, France
  • December 7 – Amazon Solutions Day (RSVP) | Paris, France
  • December 7 – Next Steps on Climate Change: Decarbonization and Climate Finance (RSVP) | Paris, France

News from Our Partners

  • The SDSN Great Lakes has extended the deadline of the Call for Proposals for solutions initiatives to December 30. Click here for more details, including the application form.
  • Applications have opened for Amazon Summer School, a three week immersion course held in the heart of the Amazon forest July 12-August 1, 2016. Hosted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and SDSN Amazonia, this program aims to create and prototype solutions for a local challenge and inspire global change. Read more.
  • On December 4, the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) will be launched at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders (the Mayors Summit) at the City Hall of Paris. UCCRN is chaired by Cynthia Rosenzweig, Co-Chair of SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Cities. Read more.
  • On November 25, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), with support from SDSN, organized a conference on “Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Development: Expo Legacy and Sustainable Development Goals” in Rome, Italy. Read more.
  • In November, the Governing Council of Future Earth, the global research platform for sustainable development, met in Tokyo to agree on the strategy for the next six months. Guido Schmidt-Traub, SDSN Executive Director, represents SDSN’s work at the meeting. This month, Schmidt-Traub also presented to the High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises on international financing options for health systems.
  • On November 19, John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainability Institute and Co-Chair of the SDSN Leadership Council, gave a presentation on “The Politics of Getting Things Done” at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Read more.
  • On November 10, Mari E. Pangestu, former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries and member of the SDSN Leadership Council, and Shiv Someshwar, SDSN Senior Advisor, participated in a public discussion on “Fire and Haze in Indonesia” at Columbia University.
  • SDSN Youth has partnered with the Eco Boys and Girls and the Association of Children’s Museums to promote awareness of the SDGs among young children via an SDGs children’s book and youth programming. Read more.
  • Join the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Global Thematic e-discussion on “Healthy Environment – Healthy People”, which will feed into the second session of the high-level segment of United Nations Environment Assembly.
  • On November 9, Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN Director, was honored at the The New York Academy of Sciences 2015 Annual Gala with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Sach gave a several public addresses in November including: “Our Planet’s Keeper? The Environment, the Poor, and the Struggle for Justice” at Fordham University (Nov 3); “Sustainable Global Urbanization” at the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) (Nov 4); and “Sustainable Development and America’s Future” at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (Nov 8).
  • On November 7, Tony Annett, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, participated in the concluding panel of the Divestment/Investment Conference at University of Dayton on “What’s Next? The Case for Action by Catholics.”
  • On November 5-6, the incubator Bond’innov organized the 3rd Annual “North/South innovative entrepreneurship encounters” at the Research Institute for Development (IRD) outside Paris. Eve de la Mothe Karoubi, Manager, SDSN, presented at the seminar on the theme of mobilizing Southern research to tackle the climate and environmental challenges.
  • Lauren Barredo, Manager, SDSN, traveled to Rio de Janiero to participate in the International Seminar of Social Determinants of Health Inequities: Inter Sectorial Action and Social Equity in Latin America and the Health in All Policies (HiAP): Latin American Experiences of Inter Sectoral Planning Course.

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