The Leadership Council meeting in Berlin, Germany, on 30 – 31 May was hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 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.

The Leadership Council discussed SDSN’s progress over the past 6 months, including the launch of new networks, new courses on the SDG Academy, and new projects such as the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards and the FABLE project.

In addition, the Amazonia SDSN launched the Amazon Solutions Platform, which aims to geo-reference the best practices of public, private, and civil society stakeholders in the region and promote scientific, technical, and academic understanding of sustainable development.

Further, on June 1st the SDSN’s National and Regional network staff participated in a capacity building and training event with generous support from GIZ.