National SDSNs mobilize universities, research centers, civil society organizations, business, and other knowledge centers around practical problem solving for sustainable development. Each National SDSN has its own priorities focusing on all or a subset of the following objectives:

  1. Raising awareness about the SDGs and “localizing” the goals through multi-stakeholder workshops and policy analyses;
  2. Promoting Solution Initiatives for sustainable development in the region that can have a transformative impact on sustainable development;
  3. Promoting education for sustainable development;
  4. Assisting governments in identifying local, national, and regional sustainable development challenges and in devising long-term strategies.

National SDSNs are hosted and convened by one or more institutions from the region. Several networks have been launched or will be launched shortly:

Brazil – Hosted by Conservation International-Brazil, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Instituto Pereira Passos

Canada – Hosted by the University of Waterloo

Germany – Hosted by German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Greece –  Hosted by International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) and Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab, University of Athens

Hong Kong* – Hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (Trust)

Indonesia – Hosted by the University of Indonesia

Italia – Hosted by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Japan – Hosted by the United Nations University and IGES

Malaysia – Hosted by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology

Nigeria – Hosted jointly by the Universities of Ibadan and Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Philippines – Hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman

Russia – Hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

South Korea – Hosted by the Ojeong Eco-Resilience Institute (OJERI) of Korea University

Spain – Hosted by the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM)

Switzerland – Hosted by Center for Development and Environment (CDE) at University of Bern and BIOVISION

Turkey – Hosted by Boğaziçi University

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*SDSN Hong Kong is the only sub-national SDSN, here included with National SDSNs. This network supports sustainable development in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.