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Welcome to SDSN’s March 2016 Newsletter!

160311-whr-2016-happy-ppl-optThe 2016 World Happiness Report Update Launched
On March 16th the SDSN launched the 2016 World Happiness Report Update and its companion volume, the Special Rome Edition at the Bank of Italy in Rome. The Report was covered in the New York Times, the Bangkok Post and over 30 other news outlets.

sdsn_italia-RSDSN Italia Network Launched
SDSN Italia was launched on March 14th in Milan. The network is hosted by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the University of Siena. It aims to help tailor the 2030 Agenda to the Italian context, and to mobilize Italian academics and researchers, civil society and business leaders in support of SDG implementation.

25148288664_32296e3399_zSecond meeting of The World in 2050 Project
On March 7-9, IIASA hosted the second meeting of The World in 2050 project. This initiative initiated by IIASA, the Stockholm Resilience Center, and the SDSN, is building an international consortium of research institutions to develop integrated pathways for sustainable development through to 2050 that include the Sustainable Development Goals as interim targets. The project aims to understand how every major region in the world can reconcile economic development and human prosperity with social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

tttA Workshop on Resilience and Mobility in Brazil
On March 16th and 17th, two workshops were held in Rio de Janeiro analyzing existing capacity of the metropolitan governance in the areas of resilience and mobility. The workshops were jointly organized by GIZ and SDSN Brazil as part of the Sustainable Cities Solutions Initiative.


20160313_124646SDSN’s Data Thematic Network Ramps Up Activities
From March 13-14, the SDSN Data Thematic Network held a strategic planning meeting in New York to finalize the outline of its forthcoming flagship report on New Data Infrastructures and to review progress on its Solutions Initiatives.


SDSN in the Media

Lisa Sachs: Sustainable Development Goal: How can the mining sector contribute?, The Guardian – Mar 29, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: Economics and Justice, Project Syndicate – Mar 22, 2016

Jeffrey Sachs: A three-point solution to the migrant crisis, Boston Globe – Mar 15, 2016

Hans Vestberg: Driving the Digital Economy in Europe, CeBIT Global Conferences/ Lightning Talk – Mar 14, 2016

Guido Schmidt-Traub, Funding the SDGs, SDGs: the people’s agenda – Mar 1, 2016

Jeremy Gorelick: Funding Capital-Intensive Urban Projects: Enabling Cities to Employ Municipal Finance Tools, SDSN Issue Brief – Mar 9, 2016

Sandra Ruchstuhl: Taking Stock and Building on Existing Development Efforts, SDSN Blog – Mar 30, 2016

Tim Dobbermann: The Pursuit of Happiness, SDSN Youth Blog – Mar 22, 2016

In February 2016 SDSN Senior Adviser Prof. Patrick Walsh hosted a TED Talk to discuss the Agenda 2030.

Upcoming SDSN Events

Webinar: Understanding the Great Barrier Reef Extractives Controversy
April 8 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (AEST) | Online via SDSN Australia/Pacific
SDGs and the G8
April 16 | Tokyo, Japan

SDGs Solutions Conference
April 26 | Kigali, Rwanda

ICSD 2016
The SDSN is accepting abstracts for the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development. Abstracts are due on May 1, 2016, and details are available at

View full events calendar

Other News and Events

  • On March 24, 2016 Amina Mohammed, Co-Chair of the SDSN Leadership Council, was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine. Fortune magazine also published a short video on How Christiana Figueres is Spearheading Climate Change Policy at the UN.
  • Zakri Abdul Hamid has been appointed by the United Nations as the co-chairman of the newly established Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Advisory Board of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Dr. Frannie Leautier was appointed Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank Group.
  • The SDSN Australia/Pacific has published a video summary of the 2015 workshop on the SDGs in Australia.
  • The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) released a new report: From Policy to Action Australian Aid and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 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. A public consultation on this report is open to all stakeholders and will run until April 8.
  • This year’s Tyler Laureate is Sir Partha Das Gupta. Sir Partha is the first economist the Tyler Prize has recognized, especially for his contributions to the SDGs, and of course the link between human and environmental well-being.