Breakthrough COP21 Agreement Signals GlobalCommitment to Low-Carbon Pathways
At the recent Paris climate conference, 195 countries reached a landmark agreement to commit to urgent climate action. The final agreement (pdf) aims to keep global warming within 2°C, with an ideal target of 1.5°C, and lays out for the first time a framework for getting there.

By asking all countries to prepare long-term low-emission development strategies through to mid-century that are mindful of 2 and 1.5°C, the agreement translates the Deep Decarbonization Pathways pioneered by SDSN and IDDRI into a central tool for national and international climate policy. The Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP) recently released its 2015 Global Synthesis Report, which was launched at a technical workshop with the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) program and presented at SDSN’s event on “Next Steps on Climate Change: Decarbonization and Climate Finance.”

The DDPP website now includes new data visualizations of different modeled scenarios from deep decarbonization pathways developed by the 16 countries within the DDPP consortium.

SDSN Launches SDG.Guide for “Getting Started with the SDGs”
Available as an online resource and a booklet, this guide aims to help stakeholders, including national and local governments, businesses, academia and civil society, understand the 2030 Agenda, start an inclusive dialogue on SDG implementation, and prepare SDG-based national development strategies. The guide is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish with additional languages to follow. Explore the guide»

SDSN Transitions Thematic Groups to Thematic Networks
In early 2016 the SDSN will transition its 12 Thematic Groups into Thematic Networks to allows for broader stakeholder participation in SDSN’s work around the 12 thematic areas. The following Networks have been formally launched: Humanitarian – Development Linkages; Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights; Health for All; Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems; Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, and and Data for Sustainable Development. Additional details on Thematic Networks will be continuously updated. Read more»

SDSNedu Partners with the Pan-American Health Organization
SDSNedu and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) have agreed to partner to develop online educational materials focusing on the Americas and the Caribbean. SDSN is working with PAHO to develop course materials as well as a new module on Health in All Policies. In addition, SDSN staff presented SDSNedu to experts in health and discussed opportunities to grow online education in the Americas.

New Countries Added to Sustainable Agriculture Pathways Project
Country teams in China, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom have been joined by new teams in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and New Zealand. The project has also received support from FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems). Read more»

SDSN in the Media

A Path for Climate Change, Beyond Paris – New York Times, December 1

Jeffrey Sachs: Let’s hail the Paris climate change agreement and get to work – Financial Times, December 12

Historic Climate Change Agreement Adopted In Paris – Huffington Post, December 12

Free Lunch: The climate belongs to optimistsFinancial Times, December 7

COP21, in its second week, pedals toward climate dealNational Catholic Reporter, December 7

Klaus Leisinger: Business needs to embrace sustainability targetsNature, December 8

Aniket Shah: Why the Paris Climate Conference Matters for Investors – Institutional Investor, December 8 

Anthony Annett: Paris Climate Deal: Toward a New, Global Solidarity? – America Magazine, December 16

Jeffrey Sachs: The Paris agreement, diplomacy, and the common good – Boston Globe, December 13

Revisiting Cambodia’s “Killing Fields” 30 years laterRice Today, December 2

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.
  • On December 7, SDSN-Amazonia in partnership with SDSN Global organized the Amazon Solutions Day during COP 21 in Paris. The event aimed to develop a common vision strategy for the implementation of the SDGs in the Amazon region, as well as financing mechanisms. Read more.
  • Applications have opened for Amazon Summer School, a three week immersion course to be 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.
  • SDSN Youth recently announced the launch its global Youth Arts Initiative in Paris at SDSN’s Next Steps on Climate Change, the COP21 UNESCO pavilion, and in New York at the AIESEC Youth Action Summit.
  • Laval University will launch the second edition of their French language online course on “Développement durable, enjeux et trajectoires” (Sustainable development, issues and trends) on February 1, 2016. Registration is now open. Additionally, videos are now available from Laval University’s October 2015 conference on the SDGs.
  • On December 17, SDSN Executive Director, Guido Schmidt-Traub, presented on “Follow-up and reflection on the outcome of COP21: convergence between SDGs and COP21 outcome” for a United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) webinar.
  • On December 9, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) convened a panel discussion in the Turkish Embassy in Berlin on “Looking back on the Turkish G20 Presidency: The Role of Think Tanks.” Adolf Kloke-Lesch, Executive Director of SDSN Germany, participated in the panel discussion.
  • On December 8, Professor Labode Popoola, Co-Director of SDSN Nigeria, gave a presentation on the implementation of the SDGs to the Nigerian National Assembly during a retreat in Abuja organized in collaboration with the Millennium Campaign and the House of Representatives Committee on the SDGs.
  • On November 4, the Sahel SDSN met the Government of Mali’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (CESC) in Bamako (watch coverage). The network received the support of the CESC as well as a request for training for its members and other government leaders on the SDGs. Due to this interest, the Sahel SDSN will host a workshop on “Launching the SDGs for Mali” in Bamako on December 28.
  • On December 1, Jessica Espey, Associate Director of the SDSN, spoke at the launch of the World Bank’s new report “Trajectories for Sustainable Development Goals: Framework and Country Applications.” Her remarks are available as an SDSN blog post.

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