This 2nd annual report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is particularly relevant for urban leaders whose engagement is crucial for sustainable development, as 85% of the U.S. population live in cities.Download Publication Download Supplemental Files
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In this white paper, SDSN and its partners show that present policies in New York State and the New England States are insufficient to achieve the region’s declared greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The study describes a detailed road map for achieving the region’s goal of reducing these climate-altering emissions 80% or more below 1990 levels by 2050 while maintaining high standards of living and economic growth.A key objective of the study was to investigate the potential for cost savings from increased coordination between the Northeastern U.S. and Québec, including development of Québec’s hydro and/or wind resources as well as increases in transmission capacity to complement massive renewable energy buildout and battery storage in Northeastern states.Download Publication
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was released on March 14th at a launch event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican.
This report showcases the array of innovative solutions and initiatives being undertaken by the SDSN national and regional networks. It presents each network and includes an introductory essay on the role of universities in achieving the SDGs.Download Publication
There is no one right way to go about harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and there is not one perfect statistical system. The process of bringing on board a wide range of actors, each using different methodologies and approaches to produce, analyze, curate and disseminate data, will be messy and challenging. This report from SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Sustainable Development Data provides an independent view on how national systems should evolve in order to accommodate this change.Download Publication
Science is the search for truth, and the key to achieving Agenda 2030. Keeping it separate from politics has prevented contamination from competing interests, but it has also prevented progress in sustainable public policy. This report proposes boundaries of strong knowledge partnerships that give equal weight to academics, decision-makers, practitioners, business leaders, and civil society.
On July 20th, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung launched the SDG Index and Dashboards – Global Report to provide a report card for tracking SDG progress and ensuring accountability. The report is available via an interactive website [click here]. The report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and […]
CCSI, SDSN, UNDP, and WEF have released a revised version of the report, which was initially released for public consultation in January 2016. The new report incorporates hundreds of comments received and in-person feedback from stakeholders.
The growing humanitarian challenges and their implications for long-term sustainable development will be a cross-cutting theme of the World Humanitarian Summit, and are already at the forefront of daily politics in much of the world. This paper frames the key issues around the humanitarian-development divide, in preparation for the SDSN side event“Making the SDGs work for […]
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is a voluntary United Nations agreement which was signed by 187 UN member states. It offers governments the opportunity to enhance their disaster risk reduction capacities by ensuring a role for multi-hazard management of disaster risk in all countries, at all scales and across all sectors. It covers […]
By Tom Moultrie, University of Cape Town Population-related elements are present in approximately 40% of the SDG indicators. Without appropriate, accurate, and timely data, framed by the principle of ‘no-one left behind’, our ability to monitor progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals will be constrained. The challenges of collecting and employing such data will […]
This process brief summarizes challenges and key learning from the creation of the Living Manual for Increasing Value by Focusing on Decision Needs and Portfolio Function. This brief also includes lessons for future research and data system design.
This working paper by Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub describes four ways in which the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has promoted innovation in the design and implementation of national programs to tackle the diseases. Other SDG investment priorities require similar innovation and propagation of learning. They will benefit from studying and applying lessons […]
By Marc Levy, CEISIN The right high-functioning data system can upend the way a policymaker approaches a decision for sustainable development. When it comes to data system design, the options– and costs– for decision makers are constantly increasing. What is needed is a useful, and user-friendly, set of criteria to help prioritize investments of financial […]
This discussion paper outlines important considerations for the effective implementation of Agenda 2030 in Switzerland. It includes comments and recommendations to create a transformational and multidisciplinary sustainable development strategy for Switzerland based on scientific knowledge.
A short overview of the SDSN’s major projects and initiatives.
This report showcases the array of innovative solutions and initiatives being undertaken by the SDSN national and regional networks. It presents each network and includes an introductory essay on the role of universities in achieving the SDGs.
The online version of the SDSN Networks brochure is available now! This brochure gives an overview of all SDSN Networks and presents a glance of all the fantastic initiatives, events, and projects.
On Sunday 7th May representatives from SDSN’s Sustainable Cities Initiative presented at the annual conference of the American Planning Association, showcasing efforts to implement and monitor the SDGs in three USA cities: New York, San José, and Baltimore. Presentations on each city’s progress and an overview presentation from Jessica Espey (SDSN’s Senior Adviser) are available […]
Supporting document for Session 4 of Beijing Leadership Council Meeting
A presentation by Achim Dobermann given in May of 2014.