The SDSN now boasts 25 national and regional networks worldwide! SDSN Canada, officially launched Monday, May 7, 2018, has joined 24 other SDSN networks working to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Feridun Hamdullahpur (President and Vice Chancellor), Jean Andrey (Dean, Faculty of Environment, Dr.Jeffrey Sachs, and Charmaine Dean (Vice President, University Research)

As part of the launch, Waterloo hosted a free public lecture on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, with a keynote address by acclaimed development economist Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN.

Students from around the world representing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

“We all have a role to play in tackling the toughest challenges facing the planet,” said Jon Beale, manager of SDSN Canada. “It’s the duty of the SDSN to harness the amazing potential we have in this country, connect talent and resources, and foster collaboration that can actually make a difference to policy and action. If you have a passion for change, we want to hear from you.”

Get some impressions from the launch in the video below: