Welcome to SDSN’s December 2018 Newsletter!
Launch of SDSN USA and SDSN Belgium
This December, the US chapter of the SDSN was launched at Columbia University. SDSN USA will help to mobilize and support America’s colleges, universities, and other leading research institutions to promote the SDGs. SDSN Belgium also launched with thematic priorities on interdisciplinary: sustainable chemistry, climate action, and sustainable energy.
FABLE Advances Sustainable Land-Usa and Food System Research
The FABLE Pathways Consortium met in early December at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany. Close to 60 participants came together for dialogues and knowledge sharing on national pathways toward sustainable land use and food systems.
Low-Emissions Solutions Conference at COP24
The LESC was hosted in two formats in Katowice, Poland. A panel event hosted at the GEIDCO-DESA pavilion focused on practical solutions to low-carbon electrification, buildings, and transport. Then a facilitated dinner dialogue between business, government, and academia focused on the role of land-use and natural climate solutions as an essential component of climate action.
Move Humanity calls for Billionaires’ involvement in SDGs with 14 events
SDSN Youth and Human Act partnered to raise awareness about the Move Humanity initiative, which aims to mobilize the richest individuals’ to support the implementation of the SDGs. SDSN Youth organized 14 local events and 3 online campaigns.
Ethics in Action Series Concludes
Earlier this month, SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs and Pontifical Academy of Science Chancellor Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo concluded the eleventh and final meeting of the two-year Ethics in Action for Sustainable and Integral Development initiative.
Vatican Youth Symposium
The 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, jointly convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and SDSN Youth, brought together youth entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators for training in global development.
SDSN in the Media
Naoko Ishii (Speech): Remarks by GEF CEO Naoko Ishii at #AGGF2018 High Level Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy Policy Dialogue, Global Environment Facility – November 28, 2018
Aromar Revi et al.: Summary for Urban Policy Makers – What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C Means for Cities – December 2018
Jeffrey Sachs (Interview): How to Be Happy, Freakonomics – December 1, 2018
Justin Yifun Lin et al.: A Modeling Framework for Enhancing Aid Effectiveness, Journal of Economic Policy Reform – December 6, 2018
Patricia Espinosa (Speech): More Voices Needed to Sound the Alarm About Climate Change, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – December 10, 2018
Patricia Espinosa (Speech): It’s Within our Grasp to Finish the Job of COP24, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – December 11, 2018
Jeffrey Sachs: The U.S., not China, is the real threat to international rule of law, The Globe and Mail – December 12, 2018
Teresa Parejo and Nathan Lobel: Framing the Global Pact for the Environment: Why It’s Needed, What It Does, and How It Does It, Fordham Environmental Law Review – December 18, 2018
Paul Polman: A Business Model for Sustainability, Project Syndicate – December 19, 2018
Jeffrey Sachs: For Climate Safety, Call on Engineers, Project Syndicate – December 20, 2018
Upcoming SDSN Events
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 19
Organized by the World Economic Forum
22-25 January | Davos, Switzerland
SDSN Switzerland Assembly
Organized by SDSN Switzerland
30 January | Bern, Switzerland
Global Fund’s Preparatory Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment
Organized by The Global Fund
8 February | New Delhi, India
Other News and Events
- If you haven’t yet read TReNDS’ case studies on how data can reap economic and social returns in support of sustainable development, check them out here. And get recommendations for investing in data in their synthesis report.
- Read a recap of TReNDS’ successes in 2018 – and get a sneak peek of their 2019 plans! – here.
- Tsinghua University hosted the “2018 Future consensus forum— Next Civilized City and Sustainable Development” in Beijing on innovating urban development solutions.
- TReNDS member Jonathan Glennie reflects on how localizing data can empower those left behind in a new post on sdsntrends.org.
- #GenerationIB campaign for the SDGs: #GenerationIB was an online campaign which encouraged students to work locally or in global groups to showcase the ways they are working to find solutions for humanity’s greatest challenges and help achieve the SDGs.
- Outcomes from the Renewable Energy and SDGs Event hosted by the Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive & Land Resources are now available.
- The OECD’s recent publication, Development Co-operation Report 2018: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind, features a chapter authored by the SDSN secretariat on “Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals for all: Policy priorities for leaving no one behind.”
- The 2018 Global Nutrition Report launched on November 29 and counts 3 SDSN affiliates as authors: Jessica Fanzo, member of the Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Zulfiqar Bhutta, member of the Thematic Network on Health for All, and Cynthia Rosenzweig, member of the Leadership Council.
SDSN is Hiring
- Teaching Assistant, Climate Action MOOC, SDG Academy (New York, USA)