Welcome to SDSN’s July 2016 newsletter!
The #SDGIndex launch brought together 150 UN diplomats, academics, private sector professionals, non-profit representatives and sustainability conscious citizens. The report prepared by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the SDSN helps countries get started with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event was broadcasted live on social media and mentioned in various media outlets.
On July 15, 2016, the SDSN, Ford Foundation, the Office of the Mayor of New York City, and 100 Resilient Cities co-convened a workshop on SDG localization. The workshop provided an opportunity to reflect on a range of practical tools to support implementation, including a new SDSN guide for cities getting started with the SDGs.
The new SDG 16 Data Initiative showcases currently available data on all SDG 16 targets. The global data compiled and presented on the SDG16 website were selected from a variety of official and nongovernmental sources by specialists from fourteen independent organizations.
The SDSN Education, Quality and Learning for All Network (EQUAL) invites short essays on “One Year of SDG 4”, in an effort to initiate bottom-up global conversations on innovations in education. All essays are expected to focus on country specific progress on education since September 2015 and highlight emerging trends away from “business as usual”.
On July 20, 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and SDSN released the final version of their report, “Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas”. The Atlas maps how the extractives sector, an important share of the economy in many countries, can contribute to the SDGs.
After having been hosted by Columbia University for four years, the SDSN has established SDSN Association, an independent US non-profit organization to host SDSN staff and related activities. We are very grateful for the support Columbia has extended to the SDSN over the years. Columbia University, and especially the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will continue to work closely with the SDSN in future years.
SDSN in the Media
SDG Index & Dashboards media roundup gathers news coverage of the Index following the launch event at the High-level Political Forum.
Upmanu Lall et al.: Using a participatory stakeholder process to plan water development in Koraro, Ethiopia, Water – June 30, 2016.
Justin Yifu Lin and Jianjun Xu: Applying the growth Identification and facilitation framework to the least development countries: The case of Uganda, UN DESA – June 30, 2016.
Steve Zwick: Why the UN sustainable development Goals really are a very big deal, Huffington Post – July 3, 2016.
Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: An integrated conceptual framework for the development of Asian American children and youth, Child Development – July 9, 2016.
Johan Rockström et al.: Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability, Ambio – July 12, 2016.
Jeffrey Sachs: Sustainable development: a new kind of globalization, The Boston Globe – July 19, 2016.
Rebecca Nelson et al: Farmer research networks as a strategy for matching diverse options and contexts in smallholder agriculture, Experimental Agriculture – July 14, 2016.
Jane Lubchenco et al.: Long-term declines in an intertidal foundation species parallel shifts in community disposition, Global Change Biology – July 13, 2016.
Irene Akua Agyepong et al.: Can health insurance protect against out-of-pocket and catastrophic expenditures and also support poverty reduction? Evidence from Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme, International Journal for Equity in Health – July 22, 2016.
Upcoming SDSN Events
7th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS)
21-26 August, Ibadan, Nigeria
Lead: SDSN Nigeria
International Youth Day
12 August, Worldwide
World Humanitarian Day
19 August, Worldwide
Other News and Events
- The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, host of the SDSN Amazon Network, was selected from among 75 candidates for The Calouste Gulbenkian prize for its work in the defense of the Amazon forest.
- Kate Crawford of Microsoft and a member of the Data Thematic Network, was the co-chairwoman of Artificial Intelligence Now, the White House Symposium on Society and Artificial Intelligence and recently published an op-ed in the New York Times.
- Jeffrey Sachs, and Karl Mehta, CEO of EdCast, attended the NOVUS Summit and accepted awards for their work on the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu).
- The SDSN Andean Network held its first workshop gathering specialists from government research institutes, NGOs, and academics to discuss conservation strategies for the Mira River basin.
- On July 12, 2016, the SDSN co-hosted a side event with Biovision and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) on How to achieve SDG2?.
- On March 23 – 24, the SDSN Australia/Pacific hosted a Pacific SDGs Workshop in Suva, Fiji. A summary of the workshop and next steps to become more involved are available online.
- The Open School of Sustainable Development has been looking for partners with experience in developing educational materials to help develop an online course on the SDGs in Russian. If you would like to work with them, please contact Founder and CEO Nelya Rakhimova.
- SDSN Leadership Council member Johan Rockström presented a new journal to sate hunger for knowledge on humanity’s future.
- UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and SDSN Leadership Council emeritus member Pavan Sukhdev won the Prestigious Blue Planet Prize.
- SDSN Sahel held a series of workshops in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on June 27-28 and in Niamey, Niger from June 29-30. The network held the meetings at the universities of Ouagadougou and Niamey, and at the respective ministries in charge of sustainable development.
- SDSN member Gaia Education, in collaboration with UNITAR and Strathclyde University, has announced they are launching an online program on “Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development” starting on September 12.
- SDSN Leadership Council member Christiana Figueres was nominated for post of UN Secretary General.
- The Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals has invited abstracts from doctoral, post-doctoral and young researchers working in the areas of SDG 12- “Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns” and key SCP targets across 12 other SDGs in South Asia.
- SDSN Leadership Council member HSH Prince Albert II was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh.
- SDSN Leadership Council member Charlotte Petri Gornitzka was appointed as the new Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
- The SDSN Secretariat has posted an intern position open in our New York office.
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