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Welcome to SDSN’s July 2016 newsletter!


jeff_aart_sdgindex_launchThe SDG Index & Dashboards Launched

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.

sdgcitiesguideSDSN Guide for Cities Getting Started on the SDGs Released

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.

logo_positiveVerSDG 16 Data Initiative Launched

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.

getgoalsSpecial Call for Essays on “One Year of SDG4”

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”.

CoverOptimizing the Role of Extractive Industries

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.

sdsna_logoSDSN Moves into Independent Organization

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
Lead: DESA

World Humanitarian Day
19 August, Worldwide
Lead: OCHA

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