2019

  • Long-Term Pathways for the Implementation of the SDGs: The Governance Implications

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Closing the SDG Budget Gap

    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.

  • Exposing EU policy gaps to address the Sustainable Development Goals

    The SDSN was commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to identify ways to strengthen evidence based policy making in the EU in the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2030. The study on “Exposing EU policy gaps to address the Sustainable Development Goals” highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the current official […]

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2018

  • 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.

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