Welcome to SDSN’s February 2016 newsletter!

SDSN Northern Europe Network Launched
The SDSN Northern Europe was officially launched in Gothenburg Sweden on February 25-26 with the participation of the Swedish Prime Minister, top academics and the CEOs of several major Swedish companies.


sdg-index-draftPublic Consultation on draft SDG Index and Dashboard until 31 March

The SDSN has launched a public consultation on its draft SDG Index and Dashboard. The initial country-level SDG Index measures SDG achievement across the 17 SDGs using data available today. The SDG Dashboard for OECD countries presents SDG data visually for every goal to help identify the most urgent priorities in each country and region. Please send us your comments by 31 March using this online form.

The Age of Sustainable DevelopmentSDSNedu’s Age of Sustainable Development Course Available

SDSNedu’s Age of Sustainable Development taught by Professor Jeffrey Sachs will be available beginning on March 1st. As the first full-length on-demand offering from SDSNedu, the course will be available in its entirety and can be accessed at any point throughout the year. We encourage SDSN member institutions that are planning on using the course as part of their existing programs to reach out to the Education Initiatives team ( for access to additional teaching resources.


UN Academic Impact (UNAI) and SDSN have announced a collaboration to jointly mobilize universities and other knowledge institutions to promote teaching, applied research, and problem solving around the Sustainable Development Goals. The two organizations will host academic events and seminars to bring together members of the UN family and academia to discuss specific issues of research and policy relevant to the UN’s objectives, including the SDGs. SDSN member institutions are invited to apply for membership in UNAI (

whr_2016Coming Soon – World Happiness Report 2016 Update

On March 16 the SDSN will launch the World Happiness Report 2016 Update and its companion volume, World Happiness Report – 2016 Special Rome Edition at the Bank of Italy in Rome. To join the conversation, follow us @HappinessRpt and on Facebook at World Happiness Report, #Happiness2016.

SDSN in the Media

Adolf Kloke-Lesch et al: Towards a “Sustainable Development Union”: why the EU must do more to implement the 2030 Agenda, German Development Institute, Feb 2016

Sandra Ruckstuhl: SDSN SCI Getting Started with SDG Implementation in Baltimore, USA, SDSN Blog – Feb 19, 2016

Arun Majumdar: Energy Innovation Needs New Private-Sector Push, Bloomberg View – Feb 11, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: There is no science to being happy, however we try to measure it, Independent – Feb 5, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: The GDP doesn’t tell the whole story about economic growth, The Boston Globe – Feb 4, 2016

Upmanu Lall: A Comprehensive Guide to the Total Outrage That Is the Flint Water Crisis, Slate Magazine (blog) – Feb 3, 2016

Lan Xue: Public Administration Priorities and Challenges in China, United Nations University – Feb 2, 2016

Peter Bakker: What happens next after COP21?, The Graduate Institute of Geneva– Feb 2, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: Green Is the New Green: New Paths for Sustainable Investing, Huffington Post – Feb 2, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: Can global economy sacrifice short-term rewards for long-term..., Shanghai Daily – Feb 1, 2016

Upcoming SDSN Events

SDSN Italia Network Launch
March 15 | Milan, Italy

International Day of Happiness and Launch of World Happiness Report
March 20 | Rome, Italy

Great Lakes Solutions Conference
March 22 | Kigali, Rwanda

Stakeholder Workshop: SDGs for the Pacific Region
23-24 March | Fiji

View full events calendar

Other News and Events

  • In January Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg received the WFP Hunger Hero Award.
    Adolf Kloke-Lesch and colleagues from the German Development Institute have released Towards a “Sustainable Development Union”: why the EU must do more to implement the 2030 Agenda.
  • Robert Chen from The Center of International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University is working with Facebook to make a map of everyone in the world.
  • The Masters in Development Practice Programs Secretariat was awarded a grant in the amount of $925,000 over 3 years from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The grant will allow MDP students to fulfill their field training requirement at IFAD sites.
  • Consorzio ARCA is implementing STS-Med, a project to develop, implement, and diffuse pioneering solar technologies to improve energy efficiency in Mediterranean communities. The project, funded by the ENPI CBCMED Programme, currently has 4 demonstration plants generating about 500 kW for end users in 20 communities.
  • The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is pleased to announce three executive trainings this summer: Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development (June 6-17), Sustainable Investments in Agriculture (July 6-15), and Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (Aug 1-5). Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance from Columbia University. Please contact CCSI with questions or to participate!
  • To sign up for the SDSN Youth Newsletter please visit
  • Reminder- Public Consultation on How Mining Can Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. CCSI, SDSN, UNDP, and WEF have released a draft report entitled Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas. The draft report is a collection of maps to help mining companies navigate where their products and activities can help the world achieve the SDGs. A public consultation on this report is open to all stakeholders and will run until April 8, 2016. Please visit our website for more information.
  • Special Announcement:
    Two SDSN Positions Open in Paris