Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems

This first report by the FABLE Consortium presents preliminary pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems prepared by 18 country teams from developed and developing countries, including the European Union. The aim of these pathways is to determine and demonstrate the feasibility of making land-use and food systems sustainable in each country to achieve the […]

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International spillovers and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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 […]

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2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report

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).

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Sustainable Development Report 2019

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.

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Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas

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.

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SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities

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)

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Fix the broken food system in three steps

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.

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World Happiness Report 2019

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.

A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

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.

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SDSN Reports

  • 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report

    Revised 17 July 2019: Due to a computation error, a revised report has been uploaded. Please be advised that the rankings have changed since the original posting.   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 […]

  • SDG Cities Index for Italy

    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.

Thematic Network Reports

  • Global Nutrition Report

    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.

  • 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.

SDSN Issue Briefs

  • International spillovers and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    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 […]

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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