Welcome to SDSN’s September 2016 newsletter!
1st Anniversary of the SDGs
One year after the adoption of the SDGs, the SDSN Leadership Council met in New York, and hosted 19 events to take stock of progress and focus on practical solutions for achieving of the SDGs.
The SDG Academy’s Fall Semester Courses are in Full Swing!
The newly launched SDG Academy (formerly SDSNedu) offers free online courses on topics such as human rights, ecosystems, public health, natural resources, sustainable cities, and more. It’s not too late to sign up, so check out what the SDG Academy has to offer! No prerequisites required.
The International Conference on Sustainable Development
The 4th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development featured several high-level speakers, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. The conference had over 1,000 people in attendance for the second year in a row. Missed the live event? Watch the whole conference here!
In Australia, Five Universities and Over 30 CEOs Commit to SDGs
On September 7, SDSN Australia/Pacific held its first-ever SDG Summit in Sydney. At the Summit, close to 150 leaders met to exchange ideas, demonstrate support for the SDGs, and discuss next steps for taking action on the SDGs. Here is a list of the 30-plus company signatures.
SDSN-Nigeria Co-Hosted the 7th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit
The theme for the Summit was “Making the Sustainable Development Goals Work for People in Africa”. More than 180 participants from nine countries, representing academia, government, civil society and business, shared their expertise on promoting the 2030 Agenda in Africa.
SDSN Youth Launched 2030 Initiative
On September 19, the ‘Reimagining the World in 2030’ event marked the launch of an initiative that encourages creativity as a force for inspiring action on the SDGs. The newly launched ‘TwentyThirty’ initiative believes in the power of human creativity to shape the path that leads to sustainable development. Through this initiative, SDSN Youth will share artistic creations that showcase interdisciplinary and multicultural ways of understanding and inspiring action for the SDGs.
SDSN in the Media
Jeffrey Sachs: Sustainable Infrastructure after the Automobile Age, Boston Globe – Sep 25, 2016
Cynthia Rosenzweig et al.: Next Generation Agricultural System Data, Models and Knowledge Products: Introduction, Agricultural Systems – Sep 22, 2016
Belinda Goldsmith: INTERVIEW-World Leaders Must Show Us the Money to Hit Goals on Poverty, Inequality – UN Adviser, Thomson Reuters Foundation – Sep 20, 2016
James Hansen et al.: Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions, arXiv at Cornell University – Sep 19, 2016
Achim Dobermann et al.: Translating the Sustainable Development Goals into Action: A Participatory Backcasting Approach for Developing National Agricultural Transformation Pathways, Global Food Security – Sep 16, 2016
K Srinath Reddy et al.: Next Generation Maternal Health: External Shocks and Health-System Innovations, The Lancet – Sep 16, 2016
Justin Yifu Lin et al.: Factors Affecting the Outlook for Medium-Term to Long-Term Growth in China, China & World Economy – Sep 15, 2016
Emma Batha: World Will Miss Education-for-All Target by 50 Years: UN, Reuters – Sep 5, 2016
Irene Akua Agyepong et al.: ‘The One with the Purse Makes Policy’: Power, Problem Definition, Framing and Maternal Health Policies and Programmes Evolution in National Level Institutionalised Policy Making Processes in Ghana, Social Science & Medicine – Aug 31, 2016
Justin Yifu Lin et al.: Prospects for a Re-Acceleration of Economic Growth in the PRC, Journal of Comparative Economics – Aug 28, 2016
Johan Rockström et al.: The World’s Biggest Gamble, Earth’s Future – Aug 24, 2016
Upcoming SDSN Events
D3 Youth Expo for Sustainability (D3YES!)
6 October, San Jose, CA, USA
City of San Jose, California
Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals
6-8 October, New Delhi, India
Lead: TERI University, SDSN South Asia, UNEP
UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
17-20 October, Quito, Ecuador
Youth and the Sustainable Development Goals
30-31 October, Vatican City, Italy
Lead: SDSN Youth
Other News and Events
- SDSN Brazil and the German Society for International Cooperation have launched a Solution Initiative, “Sustainable Development of Metropolitan Regions,” which aims to work with key stakeholders throughout metropolitan regions in Brazil in order to find ways to implement the SDGs locally.
- The UN System Staff College has committed to a two-year partnership with the SDSN’s SDG Academy in order to bring together the wealth of expertise from both entities and help implement the UN agenda.
- The new SDG Academy fall course, “Human Rights, Human Wrongs,” was launched on September 22 and is still open for enrollment.
- In partnership with EdCast, the SDG Academy has registered over 100,000 students around the world and plans to reach 1 million students by 2020.
- On September 15, more than 380 national and international leaders, including SDSN staff, participated in Germany’s Conference on the Future.
- SDSN Leadership Council Member Christiana Figueres has left the contest to succeed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; 9 candidates remain in the race.
- Feike Sijbesma, SDSN Leadership Council Member and CEO of Dutch State Mines, received the Sustainability award from Rotterdam School of Management, as a distinguished alumnus, for assisting the ASVO school with its installation of solar panels.
- SDSN Leadership Council Member and Chilean politician, José Miguel Insulza Salinas, received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba for his public service.
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