2018 SDG Index and Dashboards

The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. It is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Africa SDG Index and Dashboards 2018

The Africa SDG Index and Dashboards are a tool to track progress toward the SDGs, to help pinpoint key implementation challenges, and to assist countries in benchmarking their SDG performance against their African peers. It draws on official and unofficial SDG data as well as elements of Agenda 2063 to identify priorities for action in order […]

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Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The 2018 U.S. Cities SDGs Index

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.

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Deep Decarbonization in the Northeast United States and Expanded Coordination with Hydro-Québec

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.

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World Happiness Report 2018

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.

Counting on the World

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.

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SDSN Reports

  • Achieving a Sustainable Urban America: SDSN’s first U.S. Cities SDG Index

    The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities. The Index covers the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs). It synthesizes data available today across 49 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed upon by all countries in September 2015. The data provides a more holistic and comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges faced by U.S. cities than available through other metrics. Results show that all U.S. cities, even those at the top of the Index, have far to go to achieve the SDGs.

Thematic Network Reports

  • SDSN Northern Europe’s Oceans Solutions Report

    This report is created to inspire you to act – act to reach Sustainable Development Goal No. 14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The report showcases some examples of solutions from Northern Europe to show that a sustainable use of our oceans is possible. Enjoy!

  • Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas

    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.

SDSN Issue Briefs

  • Monitoring the SDGs by Means of the Census

    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 […]

Working Papers

  • The USA Sustainable Cities Initiative: Lessons for City-Level SDG Action

    In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) partnered with leading academic institutions through the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) to pilot technical processes for long-term strategies on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in three U.S. cities: New York, San José, and Baltimore. The SDGs provide a universal standard for achieving targets to end […]

  • How the Global Fund drives Innovation

    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 […]

  • Getting the Most Out of SDG Data Investments: A Living Manual for Increasing Value by Focusing on Decision Needs and Portfolio Function

    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 […]

About the SDSN

  • SDSN Networks in Action 2018

    The 2018 Networks in Action report features the wide array of innovative solutions and initiatives being led by the SDSN’s national, regional, and thematic networks. It includes a new introductory piece by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on mission-oriented research for the SDGs and also details how SDSN works with our networks.

  • SDSN: An Overview

    A short overview of the SDSN’s major projects and initiatives.

  • SDSN Networks in Action 2017

    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.

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