Welcome to SDSN’s August 2018 Newsletter!


SDG Academy Announces edX Partnership 
The SDG Academy is partnering with edX.org to offer its online courses on sustainable development on edX’s global platform as of August 31, 2018. Courses are now open for enrollment and can be viewed here.

Call for Abstracts: Present at the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) 
In an official Global Climate Action Summitaffiliate side event, the LESC is hosting its first installment of the year entitled, The Land-Energy Nexus in Climate Change Mitigation in San Francisco, California on 11 September. We invite researchers working on land- and energy-based climate change mitigation to submit an abstract to present a poster.

Alpback-Laxenburg Group on biodiversity and climate change 
With support from the SDSN, the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group convened thought leaders at the 2018 Alpbach Forum to explore how to reconcile the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Paris Climate Agreement. The group’s statement is available here.

Join SDSN at the 2018 UN General Assembly 
As world leaders come together for the opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), SDSN will host and support a variety of side events. For more information on these events, please see our website.

Just Launched: New TReNDS Website 
TReNDS – SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics – has just launched a new website. Go to sdsntrends.org to learn more about TReNDS’ members, research, and projects. Questions? Comments? Ideas for new projects? Email trends@unsdsn.org.

Emma Torres joins SDSN Secretariat 
We are very pleased to announce that Emma is joining the SDSN as Associate Director and Head of the New York office. She comes to the SDSN with a long experience in international development at the United Nations.


SDSN in the Media

James E. Hansen et al.Review of Climate Services Governance Structures: Case Studies from Mali, Jamaica, and India, CCAFS Working Paper no. 236 – August 2018

James E. Hansen et al.Identifying Pathways for More Gender-Sensitive Communication Channels in Climate Services, CCAFS Info Note – August 2018

Jeffrey Sachs: We Are All Climate Refugees Now, Project Syndicate – 2 August, 2018

Inger Andersen, Teresa Ribera, Johan Rockström, Andrew Steer, et al.Food systems for sustainable development: proposals for a profound four-part transformation – 9 August, 2018

Pavel Kabat et al.CODATA and global challenges in data-driven science, Russian Journal of Earth Sciences – 9 August, 2018

James E. Hansen et al.Urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13): transforming agriculture and food systems, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability – 14 August, 2018


Upcoming SDSN Events

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, WBCSD and others. Brought to you by Enel.
11 September | San Francisco, USA

Launch of the SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean
Organized by SDSN and the Universidad de los Andes
21 September | Bogotá, Colombia

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

Africa: Open for Business Summit
Organized by African Renaissance and Diaspora Network, African Union
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

Aligning the Local and Global: TReNDS’ “Data Day”
Organized by SDSN TReNDS
September 28 | New York, USA

IEE Participatory Workshop: Technology for the SDGs
Organized by SDSN and IEEE
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

  • The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards was featured in a number of global news outlets. Read the media wrap up here.
  • Read the summary from the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development where SDSN participated in a number of events.
  • During the first half of 2018, SDSN Youth worked to strengthen and expand its networks globally, with 20 regional/national networks coordinating across 35 countries. Read the full mid-year progress report here.
  • The Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures happening 11-13 March 2019 released their call for abstracts. Submit an abstract by 28 September.
  • SDSN Youth Indonesia conducted a workshop to strategize the role of Indonesia’s youth in achieving the SDGs locally.
  • SDSN member Gaia Education will run their online course “Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges” again for five weeks starting 24 September.Enroll here.
  • SDSN Leadership Council Member Mariana Mazzucato released her new book “The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy.”
  • Pavel Kabat, Director General of SDSN partner IIASA, was interviewed by Wiener Zeitung, “2100 could be four degrees warmer.” (in German)

SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies