Welcome to SDSN’s February 2017 Newsletter!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Other News and Events
- In discussing the G20 Agenda at Minister Gabriel’s press conference in Bonn, Germany, G20 Foreign Ministers placed the Paris Climate Agreement and Agenda 2030 at the top of their priorities.
- The University of Queensland, an SDSN Member, will release their second MOOC, The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development, on 14 March as part of UQ’s MicroMasters in Leadership in Global Development.
- SDSN member Gaia Education is launching the Economic Design dimension of the ‘Design for Sustainability’ E-Learning program, starting 6 March. Sign up here.
- Gaia Education also published an update on the results of their four-year project, Building Capacity and Empowering Communities. This endeavor aims to reduce food scarcity in Bangladesh.
- SDSN’s Global Education, Quality and Learning for All Network (EQUAL) compiled short papers on “One Year of SDG 4” – asking authors to explain how education has changed in their countries since 2015.
- Peter Bakker lectured on the private sector’s role in SDG implementation at Finance Norway’s sustainability conference on 28 February (in Norwegian).
- In honor of International Women’s Day, PANORAMA will host a webinar on 9 March entitled Gender Mainstreaming Solutions for Protected Areas. Sign up here.
- Adding to their Poverty is Sexist campaign, ONE will launch ‘130 Action’ on 8 March – inviting the submission of short videos raising awareness about the number of girls not in school.
- HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the Ocean Symposium as part of the Boot Düsseldorf International Boat Show from 21 to 29 January 2017 (in French).
- Switzerland is working to become better at implementing the UN guiding principles on corporate responsibility and the resulting National Action Plans (in German).