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2017

  • USA Sustainable Cities Initiative Presentations at American Planning Association Conference

    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 […]

  • Global Fund lessons for Sustainable Development Goals

    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria (GF) was launched in 2001 in the context of the AIDS pandemic and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks in large part to key design principles (DPs), the GF public-private partnership has played a major role in advancing public health science and in scaling up and strengthening evidence-based public health efforts in developing countries. As world leaders prepare to advance international development finance at the July 2017 Group of 20 (G20) Summit, we suggest the GF as a template for funding research, development, and scale-up of interventions in both health and nonhealth areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replaced MDGs in 2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change DRAFT for Public Consultation

    The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and SDSN have published a briefing note entitled “How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change,” summarizing the ways in which international oil and gas companies can help expand access to affordable, clean energy and take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. A public consultation on briefing note will run until March 15, 2017.

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2016

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities

    Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities outlines how cities can get started with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and human settlements. Effective and decisive action on sustainable development at the local level, within all cities and human settlements, is crucial to the success of Agenda 2030.

  • 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 […]

  • ICT & SDGs

    The SDGs call for several breakthroughs by the year 2030, including an end to extreme poverty and hunger, while improving access to healthcare and education, protecting the environment and building peaceful and inclusive societies. This report, written by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and a team of multidisciplinary experts at the Earth Institute, SDSN and Ericsson, highlights how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is fundamental to achieving the UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), and can even help to accelerate their achievement.

  • 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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