Welcome to SDSN’s May 2017 Newsletter!


Tsinghua University SDG Institute Launched
In collaboration with SDSN, the university has launched the first institute in China dedicated to the SDGs. The institute underscores China’s commitment to support the SDGs at national and international levels.

SDSN Northern Europe: Oceans Solutions Report
Released at the Solution Initiative Forum (SIF) Oceans in Gothenburg, Sweden, this compilation of innovative SDG 14 solutions focuses on four key areas: litter, energy, aquaculture, and pollution. The submitted ideas show that sustainable use of our ocean is indeed possible.

11th Meeting of the SDSN Leadership Council & T20 Summit
The Leadership Council meeting in Berlin, Germany, on 30 & 31 May was hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the ESMT. It was organized in collaboration with the T20 Summit, which featured two SDSN-hosted side events on the role of religion in global problem solving and on the SDGs and oceans. The T20 and SDSN agreed to partner on future work on long-term transformation pathways. Professor Jeffrey Sachs delivered a passionate speech calling on all G20 countries to actively support the SDGs. SDSN’s National and Regional network staff participated in a capacity building and training event with generous support from GIZ.

SDG Localization Event in the Andean Region
On 5 May, the Andean chapter of the SDSN held a high-level meeting of 23 SDSN member organizations and special guests. The event was hosted by the Secretariat of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), located in Quito, Ecuador.

SDG Academy: Launch of New Climate Action MOOC; Return of Two MOOC Favorites
On 19 June, the SDG Academy will launch its newest course, Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet, on solutions to reduce global GHG emissions. Due to unprecedented popularity, they will also be bringing back the Sustainable Cities and One Planet – One Ocean MOOCs. Enroll by 31 May and 14 June, respectively.

Launch of the Amazon Solutions Platform
The SDSN Amazonia launched the Amazon Solutions Platform on 29 May at the Impact Hub Berlin. The platform aims to geo-reference the best practices of regional stakeholders and promote local understanding of sustainable development.


SDSN in the Media

Marianne Beisheim: The G20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How to Strengthen Policy Coherence and Accountability, SDSN – 23 May, 2017

Guido Schmidt-Traub: A Long-Term Transformation Pathways Initiative (LTTPI) for the G20, SDSN – 23 May, 2017

Antonio Pedro, et al.: Towards a sustainable development licence to operate for the extractive sector, Mineral Economics, Springer Link – 18 May, 2017

Shahid Naeem et al.: Organic Micropollutants in the Environment: Ecotoxicity Potential and Methods for Remediation, Springer Link – 11 May, 2017

Keyu Jin: How China is connecting the world, Euro News – 11 May, 2017

Jeffrey Sachs: China’s Xi pledges to support Paris climate agreement, Aljazeera – 10 May, 2017

Hannah Fuchs: “Für mehr Transparenz auf der Klimakonferenz” (in German), Deutsche Welle – 10 May, 2017

Lydia Jakobi: “Verschmutzung, Überfischung, Todeszonen – den Meeren geht es schlecht” (in German), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk – 10 May, 2017

Christian Mihatsch: “Das “CO₂-Gesetz” ist noch erfüllbar” (in German), Klimaretter Info – 7 May, 2017

Shaukat Aziz: It’s not government’s role to get involved in businesses, NINEOCLOCK – 5 May, 2017

Thomas Heller: Is Germany too successful? (in German), Money Cab – 5 May, 2017

Shahid Naeem: Climate extremes stress ecosystems, American Association for the Advancement of Science – 5 May, 2017

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, et al.: Children, Youth and Developmental Science in the 2015–2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals, Society for Research in Child Development, Social Policy Report – May 2017

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, et al.: Gay-Straight Alliances as settings to discuss health topics: individual and group factors associated with substance use, mental health, and sexual health discussions, Oxford University Press – May 2017

Jane Lubchenco, et al.: Designing a solution to enable agency-academic scientific collaboration for disasters, Ecology and Society – May 2017

James Hansen, et al.: Prospects for scaling up the contribution of index insurance to smallholder adaptation to climate risk, CCAFS Info note – May 2017

Martin Visbeck, et al.: Introduction A Framework For Understanding Sustainable Development Goal Interactions, International Council for Science – May 2017

Mariana Mazzucato and Douglas K.R. Robinson: Co-creating and directing Innovation Ecosystems? NASA’s changing approach to public-private partnerships in low-earth orbit, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier – 27 April, 2017

Jane Lubchenco et al.: Avoiding a crisis of motivation for ocean management under global environmental change, Global Change Biology, John Wiley & Sons – 27 April, 2017

Lan Xue et al.: Will China redefine development patterns in Africa? Evidence from Cameroon, Science Direct – 24 April, 2017

Mariana Mazzucato: Response to the Green Paper “Building our Industrial Strategy” – 1 April, 2017


Upcoming SDSN Events

SDG Academy Webinar: Meet Our Leaders: Achim Dobermann
1 June, 5:30-6:30 PM EST | Facebook livestream @sdgacademy.org

High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)
5-9 June | New York

The Oceans Conference
5-9 June | New York

Ninth Annual Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Program Summit
10-13 June | Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Partnerships to Pathways: Critical Collaborations in the Data Revolution
15 June | New York

The Oceans: A Key to Sustainability
22 June 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Madrid, Spain

Caribbean SDGs
27-28 June, 2017 | Montego Bay, Jamaica
For more information or to join, please contact Lauren.Barredo@unsdsn.org

Second Convening of Plastic Busters Project
29 June | Siena, Italy

View full list of Events


Other News and Events

  • ICSU and IIASA just released a report, “A Guide on SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation,” on how to navigate and capitalize on interlinkages between the SDGs.
  • The SDG Academy is hiring for two open positions: Program Manager and Communications and Digital Media Manager.
  • A deep decarbonization analysis and consultation for Washington State was completed last year by the U.S. DDPP team and is now available on the governor’s office website.
  • SDSN Emeritus Leadership Council Member, Christiana Figueres, inspired thousands at ICAEW’s 100th Crowd Forum with her speech on “stubborn optimism.”
  • SDSN member Gaia Education, together with UNESCO Global Action Programme, is conducting a Training for Multipliers on community implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • After his visit to Yemen, the President of the Norwegian Refugee Aid, Jan Egeland, made an appeal for peace and aid in an area that is a “gigantic failure of international diplomacy.”
  • You are invited to submit abstracts for workshop contributions and scientific posters at the Impacts World 2017 (IW 2017) conference. Deadline: Thursday, 15 June.
  • SDG USA, a non-profit sister organization to SDSN, has launched its website outlining its goals, work, and structure.