The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 are a universal plan of action for humankind. Yet, four years after their adoption many countries are not yet on track to meeting the SDGs by 2030. Independent assessments by the OECD (2019), SDSN (Sachs et al. 2018; Sachs et al. 2019), and others […]Download Publication
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In an interdependent and interconnected world, countries’ ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is affected by positive or negative spillovers from other countries. International SDG spillovers are pervasive. They can relate to the environment, socio-economic factors, finance and governance, and security. Yet, monitoring of progress towards the SDGs and national strategies largely ignore […]Download Publication
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s United States Network (SDSN USA) produced the 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report, SDSN’s third city-level report ranking 105 US cities on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs).Download Publication
The Sustainable Development Report 2019 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in terms of six broad transformations. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.Read the Report
SDSN has partnered with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and Equitable Origin to create a shared understanding of how the renewable energy sector can contribute to the SDGs. For each SDG, the Atlas explores potential opportunities and impacts from renewable energy project development, and provides recommendations for companies to better align conduct to the Sustainable Development Agenda. In doing so, the industry stands to bolster the sector’s reputation, attract and retain investors, and minimize risk. Building on the success of our earlier mapping project, Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas, this Atlas also pays special attention to the interconnections of the human rights framework with the SDGs.Download Publication
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which co-produces the Global Sustainable Development Report (formerly SDG Index and Dashboards), in partnership with the Brabant Center for Sustainable Development (Telos, Tilburg University), released the first-ever SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities. The report compares the performance of capital cities and a selection of large metropolitan areas in the European-Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Download Publication Download Supplemental Files
This Nature Comment, authored by SDSN’s Guido Schmidt-Traub and Aline Mosnier with Michael Obersteiner from IIASA, discusses three steps to fix the food system, including the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, which is part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition.Download Publication
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes.
With this guide, cities can take advantage of the SDG framework and other cities’ experiences, saving valuable time and resources in setting goals and strategies while not reinventing the wheel. This guide also provides case studies and examples from U.S. cities that have begun to use the SDGs to fortify their own planning by adapting them to the local context. Cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and San José are leading the way, showing the utility of the SDG framework to broaden their ambition and bolster their existing plans and strategies.Download Publication
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require major societal transformations that will depend on significant fiscal outlays and private investments. These fiscal outlays cover public investments, the public provision of social services, and social protection for vulnerable populations. The key message of this report, in line with and building on recent findings from the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), is that the governments of the Low-Income Developing Countries (LIDCs), a group of 59 low-income countries with annual incomes below US $2,700 per capita, will have to increase budget outlays significantly to achieve the SDGs, significantly outstripping their current and potential domestic revenues. The estimation of this report is that the SDG public financing gap for the world’s poorest countries is on the order of $300-400 billion USD, an amount equal to a small share of the incomes of donor countries and the world’s wealthiest individuals. This report also emphasizes that precise estimates of SDG financing needs depend on further, country-specific costing analyses that LIDC governments and the international community should undertake as a matter of priority.Download Publication
The 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report is a call for action not only to meet the SDGs but also to ensure timely and high-quality data on SDG indicators. The report focuses on the efforts that African governments are taking to incorporate the SDGs into their national strategies, budgets, public engagements, and coordination among […]
On November 29 2018, SDSN Italia released the first edition of the SDG Cities Index for Italy. The report aims to help guide policy-making decisions at the municipality level to enable further alignment with Agenda 2030. It examines 101 provincial capitals on 16 of the 17 SDGs, using 39 elementary statistical indicators.
Now in it’s fifth year, the Global Nutrition Report is a mechanism for tracking stakeholder commitments on nutrition and includes actions by governments, donors, civil society organizations, academia, the UN system, and business.
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.
In an interdependent and interconnected world, countries’ ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is affected by positive or negative spillovers from other countries. International SDG spillovers are pervasive. They can relate to the environment, socio-economic factors, finance and governance, and security. Yet, monitoring of progress towards the SDGs and national strategies largely ignore […]
Can a technological data reconciliation platform support the public-private data sharing process? A process brief from SDSN and Cepei’s data reconciliation project in Bogotá, Colombia.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.