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2017

  • Switzerland and the Agenda 2030

    This discussion paper outlines important considerations for the effective implementation of Agenda 2030 in Switzerland. It includes comments and recommendations to create a transformational and multidisciplinary sustainable development strategy for Switzerland based on scientific knowledge.

  • SDSN Networks in Action

    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.

  • Metropolitan Planning and Governance in Brazil: How the use of SDG data can help to deliver better results in public administration

    In Brazil, urban areas are characterized not by individual cities but as metropolitan regions, often grouping together millions of citizens across the borders of multiple municipal governments. Currently, Brazil has more than 90 metropolitan regions, totaling nearly 100 million inhabitants, distributed in more than 1,300 municipalities. Nevertheless, metropolitan-focused policies in Brazil have been off the […]

  • Finding Sustainable Data Sources to Track Evictions to Monitor Progress for Achieving SDG 16

    During the consultative process to identify locally-relevant SDG indicators for Baltimore, it became clear that not only was there no consensus of which justice-related indicators were most relevant in Baltimore, but also few (if any) datasets existed to track potentially chosen indicators over time. In fact, the Vital Signs report itself was deficient in the presence […]

  • Data Tools for the California Bay Area: Actionable Intelligence for Cities to Support SDG Achievement

    This Subnational SDG Strategies brief outlines the Stanford Sustainable Urban Systems Team’s preliminary progress in developing indicators for the local reporting platform, temporal and spatial scale comparisons for the data dashboard, and Esri Story Maps for local community groups as part of the marketplace of decision-making tools. The brief also lists strengths, weaknesses, and lessons from […]

  • Counting on the World

    There is no one right way to go about harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and there is not one perfect statistical system. The process of bringing on board a wide range of actors, each using different methodologies and approaches to produce, analyze, curate and disseminate data, will be messy and challenging. This report from SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Sustainable Development Data provides an independent view on how national systems should evolve in order to accommodate this change.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

    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.

  • SDSN: An Overview

    A short overview of the SDSN’s major projects and initiatives.

  • 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.

  • Best of SDSN Networks

    The online version of the SDSN Networks brochure is available now! This brochure gives an overview of all SDSN Networks and presents a glance of all the fantastic initiatives, events, and projects.

  • 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.

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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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