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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.

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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!

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World Happiness Report 2017

The first World Happiness Report was published in April, 2012, in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. Now on World Happiness Day, March 20th, we launch the World Happiness Report 2017, once again back at the United Nations, again published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and now supported by a generous three-year grant from the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

SDSN Reports

  • The Contribution of Science in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

    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.

  • SDG Index & Dashboards

    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 […]

Thematic Network Reports

  • 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.

  • Bridging the humanitarian-development divide

    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 […]

SDSN Issue Briefs

Working Papers

  • US Cities SDG Index Consultation

    The SDSN presents the U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index for the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs) in the United States of America (US), covering some 70% of the population. The SDG index synthesizes data available today across 53 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed by all countries in September 2015. The data provides a more holistic and comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges faced by US cities than available through other metrics. Results show that all US cities, even those at the top of the index, have far to go to achieve the SDGs. The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to set a framework for action and help urban leaders address implementation challenges across cities.

  • Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for FfD: Proposals for Follow-up and Review of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    This paper considers what aspects of the AAAA are already being monitored by the SDG indicator framework and identifies gaps, before reviewing a sample set of issues that should be measured using additional AAAA-specific indicators. It also presents options for establishing an indicator-based global monitoring process, as well as complementary monitoring processes at regional and national levels, and amongst non-governmental actors. It critically evaluates the feasibility of each option, setting out key recommendations for Member States.

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