Welcome to SDSN’s June 2016 Newsletter!
“Europe must take action on the SDGs and lead by example” – this is one of the many takeaways that came out of the How to Make SDGs Europe’s Business Again multi-stakeholder meeting co-organized by SDSN with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch SDG Charter, and the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. The meeting was opened by Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission.
The Caribbean SDSN held a high-level, multi-stakeholder forum at the University of the West Indies to discuss SDG priorities in the region. Several priorities emerged, including poverty eradication and economic growth, increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewables, and protecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems. A longer summary of the meeting is available on our website.
The National Planning Agency of Republic of Indonesia, United in Diversity and SDSN Indonesia, hosted a conference “Collaboration and Action to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia”. The aim of the conference was to enhance mutual understanding of stakeholders on Sustainable Development Goals.
Future Earth, the global research platform to advance sustainability science, and the SDSN have signed a statement of collaboration. Both organizations will jointly promote policy-relevant science, and its application, in support of the 17 SDGs and coordinate national and regional activities through their networks.
Together with the SDSN Association, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development delivered a foundational course on Agenda 2030 to almost 120 participants. Due to high demand, we will offer a second edition of this course next semester, from September 5th to October 7th.
SDSN in the Media
Martin Visbeck et al.: Policy: Map the interactions between Sustainable Development Goals, Nature – June 15, 2016.
Martin Visbeck et al.: Anomalous mid-twentieth century atmospheric circulation change over the South Atlantic compared to the last 6000 years, Environmental Research Letters – June 19, 2016.
K. Srinath Reddy et al.: Toward Food Policy for the Dual Burden of Malnutrition, Food, Science and Technology – June 16, 2016.
Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: Relationships of Teachers’ Language and Explicit Vocabulary Instruction to Students’ Vocabulary Growth in Kindergarten, Reading Research Quarterly – June 09, 2016.
Lu Xiaoli and Xue Lan: Managing the unexpected: Sense-making in the Chinese energy management system, Public Administration – June 09, 2016.
Jeffery Sachs: Brexit is a symptom of globalization’s deeper ills, Boston Globe – June 27, 2016.
Irene Akua Agyepong et al.: Boundary-spanning: reflections on the practices and principles of Global Health, BMJ Global Health – June 02, 2016.
Tyr Wiesner-Hanks and Rebecca Nelson: Multiple Disease Resistance in Plants, Annual Review of Philanthropy – June 01, 2016.
SDSN Events in July
African Union Summit
10-18 July, Rwanda
High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
11-20 July, New York
SDSNedu and UN Staff System Training College Workshop
12 July, New York
HLPF Side Event: How to achieve SDG2?
12 July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 8
HLPF Side Event: Ending malnutrition by 2030: Boosting commitments across the SDGs
14 July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 10
Measuring peaceful, just & inclusive societies: Introducing the SDG16 Data Initiative
14 July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room D
HLPF Workshop: Localizing the SDGs: From a Global Agenda to City Action
15 July, New York, Ford Foundation Building
17 July, New York
HLPF Side Event: Localizing the SDGs: Achieving Global Goals through Subnational Action
19 July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 3
HLPF Side Event: Implementing the SDGs: Taking stock of the challenge and starting to measure progress
20 July, New York, Westin Hotel Grand Central Ballroom
Other News and Events
- The Morocco Minister of Environment, Hakima el Haite and SDSN LC Member, Laurence Tubiana, presented the High-Level Champions Climate Action Roadmap for COP22.
- The United Nations Foundation announced Ted Turner’s receipt of the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy.
- SDSN Germany issued comments on Germany’s draft sustainable development strategy (in German).
- SDSN participated in the German Habitat Forum which brought together 1000 attendees from 74 countries. The results of the deliberations included the “Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow”.
- Angelo Riccaboni has been appointed as the Chair of the SDSN Assembly and will be working closely with the Secretariat to build out the Network.
- Arun Majumbar gave a TEDx talk on: What is the biggest challenge of the 21st-century?
- Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman sat down to discuss topics such as gender equality on Huffington Post’s “Talk to Me” series.
- SDSN published the ICT/SDG Ericsson report in collaboration with Jeffrey Sachs and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and in conjunction with the World Economic Forum on Africa.
- Robbert Dijkgraaf, the director of the Institute of Advance Study and SDSN Leadership Council Member, discussed the power of Symmetry at the World Science Festival.
- Marc Levy, of CIESIN at the Earth Institute and an ex-officio member of the Data for Development Thematic Network, recently traveled to Colombia in preparation of the Living Manual for Development Data, a tool for policy makers to create demand-driven data systems.
- Leadership Council Member, James Hansen, published an article in the Scientific American on the way forward for clean energy.
- Shahid Naeem talked about the dramatic change of Earth systems and the need to think on a big scale in a GOOD Magazine article.
- Leadership Council member, Upmanu Lall, made a note about why rains will not solve the country’s growing ground water problems.
- Lauren Barredo traveled to the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference in Toronto to present on the relevance of SDG 3 to Canada.
- SDSN Italia co-hosted the Conference “Laudato Si’, 2030 Agenda, COP21 a Year Later: Reflections and Perspectives” in Assisi, the medieval town that gave birth to St. Francis.
- Read the SDSN Solutions Initiative blog: “Sustainable Cities”: SDG Localization in Brazil. The goal of this cooperative effort is to drive action from “the local to the global” level, by providing practical experience in localizing the global SDGs.
- The Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative report was launched in Brussels.
- The SDSN Secretariat currently has two open positions in our New York and Paris offices for which we are accepting applications. Please visit our Careers page for more informatino.
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