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 SachsThe U.S., not China, is the real threat to international rule of law, The Globe and Mail – December 12, 2018

Teresa Parejo and Nathan LobelFraming 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 PolmanA 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

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