Welcome to SDSN’s July 2018 Newsletter!


SDSN at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development 
The 2018 HLPF focused on the theme ofTransformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies. This year’s event highlighted the following SDGs: 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and as with every year, SDG 17. Click here to learn more about the events and presentations that were led by SDSN Staff and networks.

Launch of the 2018 SDG Global Index and Dashboards 
On 17 July, SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung released the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboardsat the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. The 2018 report, entitled “Global Responsibilities – Implementing the Goals,” features all 193 UN member states and presents new trend data for each country, as well as research on G20 national SDG implementation mechanisms. Watch the full event here.

Publication of the 2018 Youth Solutions Report 
SDSN Youth launched the second edition of the Youth Solutions Report at the SDSN Headquarters in New York on 16 July. The report identified 50 youth-led projects from 61 countries that address crucial sustainable development challenges. The report also includes substantive chapters with recommendations to advance youth involvement in the realization of the 2030 Agenda.

Become and SDG Academy University Partner for Spring 2019 
Applications have opened for SDSN member institutions to join the SDG Academy University Partnership Program (UPP) for the Spring 2019 term. Through this program, partner universities work closely with SDG Academystaff to integrate SDG Academy course content into new and existing academic programs related to sustainable development. To apply or for more information on the program please visit the UPP website.


SDSN in the Media

Johan Rockström et al.: Global sustainability: the challenge ahead, Global Sustainability – May 29, 2018.

Guido Schmidt-Traub et al.: Advancing the G20’s Commitment to the 2030 Agenda, T20 Argentina – June 2018.

Justin Yifu LinIndustrialization: Lessons from China for North Africa, African Development Bank Group – June 27, 2018.

K Srinath ReddyThe how: a message for the UN high-level meeting on NCDs, The Lancet – June 28, 2018.

Vladimir MauRussian economic policy: Challenges of growth, Russian Journal of Economics, June 30, 2018.

Mari Pangestu et al.: The Future of East Asia’s Trade: A Call for Better Globalization, Asian Economic Policy Review – July 4, 2018.

Martin Visbeck et al.: Mapping interactions between the sustainable development goals: lessons learned and ways forward, Sustainability Science – July 13, 2018.

Tony Annett5 Things You Need to Know About the IMF and the Sustainable Development Goals, IMF Blog – July 26, 2018.


Upcoming SDSN Events

Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact
Organized by: SDSN Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Wageningen University & Research
30-31 August | Wageningen, The Netherlands

African Green Revolution Forum
Organized by AGRF
5-8 September | Kigali, Rwanda

Low-Emissions Solutions Conference at the Global Climate Action Summit
Organized by SDSN, ICLEI, and WBCSD. Brought to you by Enel.
11 September | San Francisco, USA

Renewable Energy and the SDGs: Exploring Links with Extractives, Agriculture, and Land Use
Organized by SDSN and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
24 September | New York, USA

The Global Pact for the Environment: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance
Organized by SDSN and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
26 September | New York, USA

Climate Change, the Courts, and the Paris Agreement
Organized by SDSN and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
26 September | New York, USA

International Conference on Sustainable Development
Organized by SDSN and Masters of Development Practice
26-28, September | New York, USA

Concert for a Sustainable Planet
Organized by SDSN
26 September | New York, USA

13th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference
Organized by Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
27-28 September | New York, USA

International Forum on Food and Nutrition
Organized by SDSN and the Barilla Foundation
28 September | New York, USA

Global Citizen Festival
Organized by Global Citizen
29 September | New York, USA

View full list of events


Other News and Events

  • SDSN launched the first ever Africa SDG Index online on 12 July. Watch the full event here.
  • TReNDS, SDSN’s thematic research network on data and statistics, documented the process, challenges, and outcomes of its data reconciliation project in Bogotá, Colombia. Read the brief here.
  • SDSN Youth has teamed up with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to mobilize young people to embrace the SDGs.
  • SDSN TReNDS members analyzed investment versus innovation on data for the SDGs at the 2018 HLPF.
  • SDSN Partner IIASA has published the TWI2050 report which aims to provide scientific foundations for achieveing the 2030 Agenda.
  • SDSN member Gaia Education just released the Russian version of their SDG Implementation Flashcards which help to identify actions and solutions to locally implement the SDGs.
  • The Foundation Center has launched SDGfunders.org, a free platform that tells the story of how philanthropic dollars are being used to achieve the SDGs.
  • Prof. Ranjula Bali Swain from SDSN Member Södertörn University presentedher research to the SDSN team in New York during her time as a visiting scholar.
  • SDSN Leadership Council member and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed sent a powerful message of hope and peace to women in war-torn South Sudan.
  • SDSN Leadership Council member Dr. Joanna Rubinstein participated in avideo interview on Technology for Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.

SDSN is Hiring

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