Welcome to SDSN’s February 2019 Newsletter!
Global Happiness and Well-Being Report Released
The Global Council for Happiness and Well-being launched the 2nd edition of the report at the World Government Summit in Dubai on 10 February. The 2019 report focuses on a set of practical policy lessons in the context of health, education, employment, cities, personal happiness, and measurement and policy design, along with a synthesis chapter drawing the threads together.
Call for abstracts: 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development
The 2019 Conference will take place on 24-25 September at Columbia University in New York, USA. This year’s theme is “Good Practices: Partnerships, Models, and Capacity Building for the SDGs.” If you would like to present, you must submit an abstract by May 1.
SDSN Youth at the 2019 Winter Youth Assembly
On 15-17 February, SDSN Youth participated at the 23rd Session of the Youth Assembly at New York University with speakers in 9 sessions throughout the two days – including various panel sessions and two workshops; one on SDG innovation & entrepreneurship and one on education for sustainable development.
Reminder: Public Consultation on Mapping Renewables Ends April 15
The SDSN has partnered with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and Equitable Origin to evaluate how the renewable energy sector can effectively contribute to the SDGs in this report. A version has been released for public consultation. Feedback may be submitted until 15 April.
SDSN in the Media
- Lauren Barredo, María Cortes-Puch, & Cheyenne Maddox: Sustainable Development Goals and Networks as a Collaboration Model, Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education – January 25, 2019
- Aromar Revi et al.: Technical Summary. In: Global warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty, February 2, 2019
- James Hansen et al.: Global Temperature in 2018 and Beyond, Columbia University – February 6, 2019
- James Hansen et al.: A multi-scale and multi-model gridded framework for forecasting crop production, risk analysis, and climate change impact studies, Environmental Modelling & Software 115 – February 6, 2019
- Jeffrey D. Sachs: Green New Deal is feasible and affordable, CNN.com – February 26, 2019
Upcoming SDSN Events
Where We Live and Work: POPGrid Data Collective – Improving Population and Infrastructure Data (Official side event to the 50th UN Statistical Commission)
Organized by SDSN TReNDS, CIESIN at Columbia University, UNFPA, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
6 March | New York, USA
Launch of SDSN Mexico
Organized by SDSN Mexico & SDSN Secretariat
7 March | Mexico City, Mexico
SDSN France Workshop on Sustainable Finance, Media & the SDGs, and Education
Organized by SDSN France
19-20 March | Paris, France
2019 World Happiness Report Launch
Organized by SDSN
20 March | New York, USA
Global Solutions Summit
Organized by the Council for Global Problem-Solving & the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
18-21 March | Berlin, Germany
Move Humanity Conference
Organized by Human Act Foundation, ActionAid Denmark, & SDSN
27-28 March | Copenhagen, Denmark
Toward a Research Roadmap for Sustainable N-Use in Agriculture
Organized by Washington State University & Noble Research Institute
28 March | Online, Virtual Symposium
- SDSN launched the guide, “A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” which presents 10 steps for US cities to consider in adopting the SDGs as a framework.
- SDSN Australia, New Zealand and Pacific saw its recommendations reflected in the implementation of the SDGs in Australia report from the Australian Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade.
- SDSN Youth South Asia joined hands with TERI School of Advanced Studies and set up an informative stall and a gaming zone at the Climate Jamboree.
- SDSN Member Gaia Education’s “Training of Trainers” week commences on 27 April. Read more and sign up here.
- SDSN TReNDS Director Jessica Espey reflected on the Bern High-level Dialogue on Funding for Data for Sustainable Development and called for articulating clear, compelling goals on data for development.
- SDSN partner Cities Alliance is now awarding grants of up to $50,000 to innovators working on improving tenure security, land, and property rights in Africa. Deadline is 14 March.
- The Momentum for Change initiative is searching for organizations, cities, industries, universities, governments, and others to apply for the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award.
- SDSN Youth sent a delegation to the World Youth Day festivities in Panama City, Panama, and led a workshop on renewable energy and Laudato Si’.
- SDSN TReNDS partner Open Data Watch launched the 2018/19 Open Data Inventory, an assessment of the openness and coverage of official statistics in 178 countries.
- Senior Advisor Jessica Espey explored the practical barriers and opportunities to expanding civil registration and vital statistics systems (CRVS) in a new knowledge brief series on gender and CRVS, from the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems.
- SDSN Leadership Council Member Robbert Djikgraff was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
- Mr. Miguel Moratinos, SDSN Leadership Council Member and High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations met with His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain in Madrid.
- SDSN Leadership Council Member Inger Andersen has been appointed to the post of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
- Patricia Espinosa, who sits on the SDSN Leadership Council, spoke to Bauhaus-University students on how the circular economy is crucial for climate protection.