Wishing you a very happy new year from all of us at SDSN!

We’ve had a great year, and are thrilled to share some of our successes with you!

Network & Regional Center Activities

2018 was a busy year with a number of new Networks and SDG Centers launched. With 10 already lined up for 2019, we’re excited to continue watching our networks grow.


– SDSN launched 8 networks: Belgium, Bolivia, CanadaFranceHong KongSwitzerland, the United States, and the Black Sea.

– On September 24, SDSN released the 2018 Networks in Action report, which outlines the activities of the SDSN Networks Program, including advising governments on SDG implementation, educating the public and raising awareness of the SDGs, and research to support rapid achievement of the goals.

– The SDG Center of Excellence for the Arab Region, hosted by the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, launched on 18 November. The SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted by UniAndes in Bogota, launched on 21 September. These centers are joining SDSN’s growing network of centers located in Kuala Lumpur, Kigali, and Beijing.

SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific released the Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report.

– The 2nd Youth Solutions Report was released by SDSN Youth, showcasing solutions from 61 countries.

– SDSN Youth’s Global Schools Program launched its first digital hub of SDG resources for schools and educators.

SDSN Outreach

Global outreach and engagement is a key part of SDSN’s mission. Between the Secretariat, our Networks, and SDSN Youth, SDSN hosted over 100 events on all 6 continents this year.

– The Low-Emissions Solutions Conference put on four successful events this year at the Global Climate Action Summit, the International Conference on Sustainable Development, and COP24 (2 events).

– The 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)played host to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, with a global audience of 1000+.

– SDSN hosted over 20 events during the 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum in July and the UN General Assembly in September.

– SDSN worked with the IPCC to organize the IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, hosted by the City of Edmonton.

SDSN Flagship Initiatives

The SDSN advanced several of our flagship programs in 2018.

– The SDG Academy announced a new partnership with EdX and launched several new courses.

– As part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition, the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium advanced the development of national pathways towards land-use and food systems.

– The SDSN partnered with Human Act to launch Move Humanity, an initiative to establish SDG-focused philanthropy as a global norm.

– SDSN’s SDG financing team in partnership with the IMF presented their preliminary findings on the costs of achieving the SDGs in low-income developing countries is September 2019.

SDG Data & Statistics

The Data Revolution has been a major point of discussion in 2018 with SDSN’s TReNDS thematic network playing a central role. SDSN has also released several new indices this year.

– For the first time, the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report compared the performance of all 193 UN countries.

– The first Africa SDG Index and Dashboards drew on SDG indicators and elements of Agenda 2063 to identify priority actions to achieve the SDGs.

– This year the World Happiness Report was accompanied by the Global Happiness Policy Report to provide evidence and policy recommendations on best practices to promote happiness and well-being.

SDSN TReNDS launched 3 new learning projects showcasing the data revolution in action on their new website.

– Cities were at the focus of many of our networks with the USASpanish, and ItalianCities SDG Indices published in 2018.


SDSN was proud to announce many new partnerships in 2018, including:

– EdX, Enel, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Move Humanity, Tsinghua University, Xuetang X, the International Baccalaureate (IB), and with multiple partners to support the CitiesIPCC Conference and the Decarbonizing the Northeast report.