The SDG Academy is an initiative of the SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDG Academy aims to provide high-quality, massive open online education in collaboration with the member institutions and partners of the SDSN. The SDG Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment, and other related fields – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum, equipping the next generation of “Sustainable Development Practitioners” to take on the complex challenges facing our planet.


The SDG Academy is currently offering its Fall Semester of courses! Take courses in human rights, natural resource governance, global public health, planetary boundaries, sustainable cities and more all at the same time. Enroll now at!

Who manages the SDG Academy?
The SDG Academy is hosted and managed by the SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization set up to support the work of the SDSN that is not affiliated with any educational institution.The SDG Academy is independent of programs and courses offered by any SDSN member institution.

The SDG Academy is working closely with SDSN member institutions to offer courses that can support and supplement existing programs in sustainable development. The SDG Academy is not an educational institution and does not provide credit for the educational content that it creates. However, students of the the SDG Academy courses are encouraged to work with their host institutions and SDSN member institutions to explore the option of attaining credit for coursework completed on the SDG Academy platform.

How much do courses on the SDG Academy cost?
Our mission is to provide high quality education on sustainable development free of charge to all students. While courses will always be available free of charge, institutions and individual students will also be provided several paid options for accessing course materials. These functions are currently in development and will be announced in due course.

How can my institution become a member of the SDSN?
The SDG Academy, an initiative of the SDSN Association, supports the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a collaborative network of academic and research institutions launched in August 2012 under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to accelerate practical problem solving for sustainable development and to support the framing of the development objectives for the next two decades (tentatively referred to as Sustainable Development Goals). Membership in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network is free and open to universities, research institutions, foundations, civil society, and other organizations. Members should have deep expertise in one or more areas related to sustainable development and commit a substantial amount of their own work towards finding and/or implementing solutions for sustainable development.

One of the major benefits of membership in SDSN is privileged access to course content presented on the SDG Academy and to potentially launch courses on the SDG Academy site on issues related to sustainable development. For a more comprehensive look at the benefits of membership and the process for applying to join the SDSN, please visit our website.

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