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Montreal and New York, June 3, 2016 – Future Earth and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are working together to promote policy-relevant science, and its application, in support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s goals for achieving sustainable development by 2030.

Meeting the 17 SDGs will require major transformations in energy, agriculture, ecosystem management, urban development, and many other critical areas. These transformations are feasible, but require unprecedented problem solving on questions of science, implementation, financing, and monitoring.

Future Earth is mobilizing the best science, carried out in collaboration with leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society, to tackle these policy-relevant questions, and the SDSN is mobilizing a global network of problem solvers to translate knowledge into action at local, national, regional, and global scales.

Together both organizations will advance these shared agendas, such as Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Networks or The World in 2050 initiative promoted by the SDSN, to fill knowledge gaps and bring longer-term scientific research to bear on practical policy challenges today.

Future Earth and SDSN will also co-organize international conferences to mobilize scientists for the SDGs and promote each other’s educational programs. Of particular interest to both organizations is to bring together problem solvers from government, business, civil society, and academia at the national level through Future Earth’s Regional Centers and Offices and National Committees and the National and Regional SDSNs.

“We live in the age of sustainable development and must bring to bear the best knowledge and all our creativity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN. “The SDSN is proud to partner with Future Earth to mobilize the best of science for sustainable development, so that countries can craft and implement sound strategies for achieving the SDGs.”

“The Sustainable Development Goals are crucially important to the future of our planet. But to meet these targets, we need innovative research from both the natural and social sciences to guide us,” says Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director of Future Earth. “The collaboration with SDSN will allow us to develop that research and put it into practice, too.”

About Future Earth

Future Earth builds on the legacy of over 30 years of global environmental change research programmes. We draw on a network of more than 50,000 scientists working across the world and as part of more than 20 global research projects. The mandate of this 10-year programme is to coordinate ground-breaking research that informs solutions to the most pressing challenges to sustainability. We also strive to conduct international science in a new way, one that brings together diverse stakeholders, including leaders in the private and public sectors, civil society and funding communities, to co-design and co-produce research that meets the evolving needs of society.

About the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise and to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, the SDSN is now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society. The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision-making and accountability.