Welcome to SDSN’s January 2017 Newsletter!


SDSN Youth Solutions Report Launch
The first edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects that aim to solve the world’s toughest issues, was released on 31 January in New York during the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters.

SDG Center Africa Launched in Kigali
The new SDG Center for Africa was launched on 27 January. The Center is an international organization that supports governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions in achieving the SDGs in Africa. Its board comprises seven African heads of state and international leaders from business, civil society, and international organizations.

Measuring Global Impacts of Production & Consumption 
In preparation for the 2017 SDG Index and Dashboard report, GIZ and the SDSN organized an expert consultation in Berlin on 25 January on how to measure international, environmental spill-over effects related to the SDGs. Some 30 experts shared lessons from countries and reviewed suitable metrics for inclusion in a revised SDG Index and Dashboard to be published in June 2017.

SDSN Participates at Gaidar Forum in Moscow
This year’s forum on Russia and the World: Setting Priorities featured an opening panel focused on the SDGs and five members of the SDSN Leadership Council.

2017 UN World Data Forum
SDSN’s Data for Development Thematic Network, along with statisticians, policymakers, and the global advocacy community, descended on Cape Town, South Africa, for the first-ever UN World Data Forum. The gathering was convened to highlight paths for committed actors in a global society to make and measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Public Consultation on Oil and Gas Companies, SDGs, & Paris Agreement 
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and SDSN have published a briefing note on “How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change,” summarizing the ways in which international oil and gas companies can help expand access to affordable, clean energy and take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. A public consultation on the briefing note will run until March 15.

Book Launch: “Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair and Sustainable,” by Jeffrey D. Sachs
On 27 January, Jeffrey Sachs launched his newest book on the new American economy. The book is now available for purchase. In this passionate and powerful book – part manifesto, part plan of action – Sachs dwells on issues that have captivated the nation and political debate, including infrastructure, trade deals, energy policy, the proper size and role of government, the national debt, and income inequality.


SDSN in the Media

Jeffrey Sachs: The Balance Sheet on ‘America First’, Boston Globe – Jan 29, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: The Shifting Global Landscape, Boston Globe – Jan 22, 2017

Paul Polman: Reaping the Rewards of the Sustainable Development Goals, LinkedIn – Jan 17, 2017

Vladimir Mau et al.: Evaluation of Public Service Delivery by Russians: Results of 2011-2015 Sociological Surveys, Public Administration Issues – Dec 2016 (in Russian)

Jeffrey Sachs: Financial Crisis, Regulatory Agenda Shaped Obama’s Economic Legacy, Wall Street Journal – Jan 18, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: US Foreign Policy — From Primacy to Global Problem Solving, Boston Globe – Jan 15, 2017

K. Srinath Reddy et al.: Mean Dietary Salt Intake in Urban and Rural Areas in India: A Population Survey of 1395 Persons, Journal of the American Heart Association – Jan 6, 2017

Cynthia Rosenzweig et al.: Assessing Inter-sectoral Climate Change Risks: the Role of ISIMIP, Environmental Research Letters – Jan 6, 2017

Angelo Riccaboni et al.: Sustaining Multiple Logics Within Hybrid Organisations: Accounting, Mediation and the Search for Innovation, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal – Jan 2017

Lawton Robert Burns and Gordon G. Liu (eds.): China’s Healthcare System and Reform, Cambridge University Press – Jan 2017

Richard Layard: The Economics of Mental Health, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) – Dec 2016


Upcoming SDSN Events

United Nations Youth Assembly
1-3 February, New York
Lead: UN Youth Assembly Committee and SDSN

Seminar on the Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative
6 February, 14:00 pm CET / 8:00 am EST
The seminar can be viewed live at 14:00 CET and afterwards via https://wurtv.wur.nl.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Ethics and Wall Street
9 February, 18:30 pm EST New York and live streamed @UNSDSN
Lead: New York Society for Ethical Culture

G20 Foreign Ministers Meetings
16 & 17 February, Bonn Germany

View full list of Events


Other News and Events

  • SDSN Leadership Council member James Hansen was awarded this year’s BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category.
  • Stefan Römermann interviewed Adolf Kloke-Lesch, Executive Director of SDSN Germany, on SDG progress in Germany and around the world.
  • The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) published its annual report focused on “Educating for Sustainability” with leaders at the World Economic Forum. Case studies from 30 universities were included with remarks from ISCN and SDSN.
  • The German Development Institute, host of SDSN Germany, is currently organizing a conference on state and especially non-state linkages between Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on May 12-13 in Bonn, Germany.
  • In Dakar, Senegal, the Open Algorithm (OPAL) project held its first full workshop on governance and standards for its Senegal pilot project. OPAL is a Solution Initiative of SDSN’s Data for Development Thematic Network, a project that aims to create a secure mechanism to use private telecom data for the public good.
  • In January, SDSN South Asia and TERI University, with support from the Global Challenges Foundation, hosted a round table discussion on Remodeling Global Cooperation to Address Global Challenges.
  • The T20 Task Force released a policy brief calling on G20 leaders to take new steps to eradicate hunger and improve the sustainability of agricultural systems. The task force includes SDSN Leadership Council Members and Co-Chairs of the Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
  • SDSN Germany and the global SDSN are very pleased to partner with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn on a special edition of the Economics E-journal on the SDGs.
  • On January 27, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa, Professor Jeffrey Sachs received the World Sustainability Award for his global work on sustainable development.
  • SDSN member Gaia Education is conducting a series of regional Training of Trainers. Persons interested in facilitating the vitally important conversation on how to implement the SDGs will learn how to do so in a way that is appropriate for the uniqueness of each location.
  • University College London appointed SDSN Leadership Council Member Professor Mariana Mazzucato to launch the new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose on March 1, 2017.
  • The CEBioS programme, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation and hosted by SDSN member the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, developed a capacity development concept linking scientific data to policy development through a competitive call for projects.
  • SDSN Leadership Council Member and Special Advisor to the Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland spoke about the situation in Syria at a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.