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Welcome to SDSN’s February 2017 Newsletter!


SDG Academy Launches New Course: The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

On 27 February, the SDG Academy launched its newest 8-week online course. It is taught by SDSN Leadership Council Member Hiro Yoshikawa, from the Global TIES for Children Center at New York University, along with professors from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and UNICEF. View the course trailer here, which features global superstar Shakira, and enroll in the course here today!

UN World Data Forum

This past month, statisticians and policymakers descended on Cape Town, South Africa, for the first-ever UN World Data Forum. With over 1,000 registered participants, the World Data Forum offered an opportunity to explore trends, opportunities, and challenges in the data revolution already underway in the private and public sectors.

The 2017 World Happiness Report will be released on the #InternationalDayOfHappiness

On 20 March, SDSN will launch the 5th edition of the World Happiness Report at the United Nations in New York. The report will include chapters on the Social Foundations of World Happiness, Happiness in China, Happiness in Africa, Happiness Over the Life Course, Happiness at Work, and Trust. If you are in the NY area and interested in attending, please email happiness@unsdsn.org.


SDSN in the Media

Upmanu Lall: Oroville is the best warning that infrastructure matters (opinion), CNN – Feb 16, 2017

Noa Gafni Slaney: Reflections from the World Government Summit, Huffington Post – Feb 15, 2017

Johan Rockström et al.: The Challenges of Applying Planetary Boundaries as a Basis for Strategic Decision-Making in Companies with Global Supply Chains, Sustainability – Feb 15, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs (Audio interview): Masters in Business, Bloomberg – Feb 23, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: A Columbia Professor Grades Trump’s Economic Policy, Big Think – Feb 20, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: The Middle East: Contradictory promises that led to a century of conflict, The Boston Globe – Feb 20, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: Business Matters, BBC News – Feb 14, 2017

Johan Norberg (interview w/ Jeffrey Sachs): Despite many obstacles, the world is getting better, The Guardian – Feb 14, 2017

Munyaradzi Makoni (interview w/ Jeffrey Sachs): Universities better than governments at achieving SDGs, University World News – Feb 10, 2017

Gordon Liu et al.: Estimating an EQ-5D-5L Value Set for China, Value in Health – Feb 9, 2017

Natalia Rojas and Hirokazu Yoshikawa: Documentation Status and Child Development in the U.S. and Europe, Handbook on Positive Development of Minority Children and Youth – Feb 8, 2017

Glen Ireland and Paul Collier: Shared-Use Mining Infrastructure: Why it Matters, and How to Achieve it, Development Policy Review – Feb 5, 2017

Slawomir Sierakowski (interview w/ Jeffrey Sachs): Navigating the New Abnormal, Project Syndicate – Feb 3, 2017

Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: New Directions in Developmentally Informed Intervention Research for Vulnerable Populations, Child Development – Feb 3, 2017

Jane Lubchenco: Environmental science in a post-truth world, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment – Feb 1, 2017

Teresa Ribera et al.: New Coal-Fired Plants Jeopardise Paris Agreement, Sustainability – Jan 24, 2017

Tess A. Russo and Upmanu Lall: Depletion and response of deep groundwater to climate-induced pumping variability, Nature Geoscience – Jan 23, 2017

Martin Visbeck et al.: Decline in global oceanic oxygen content during the past five decades, Nature – Jan 15, 2017

Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: Cradle to Kindergarten. A New Plan to Combat Inequality, Russell Sage Foundation – Jan 2017


Upcoming SDSN Events

The Global Festival of Ideas
1-3 March, Bonn, Germany

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Climate Change and NYC with Professor James Hansen
2 March, 6:30 pm EST New York and live streamed @UNSDSN

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Ethics and Wall Street- NEW DATE
10 March, 6:30 pm EST New York and live streamed @UNSDSN

2017 World Happiness Report Launch
20 March, New York

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