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SDSN Italia was launched in March 2016 and is committed to increasing awareness of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs through research and dissemination activities.

Researchers of the network’s host institution FEEM have been participating in the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) that concluded with the report “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Italy” in September 2015. The document represented a concrete solution initiative to tackle climate change challenges, making the network an active contributor to the national policy debate on the decarbonization of the Italian energy system.

SDSN Italia, as the focal point in Italy for academic research on the SDGs, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Global Compact Italian Network and Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS) that aims at promoting the Agenda 2030 through the involvement of civil society, institutions, academic and business sectors at the national level.

SDSN Italia has also been involved in different research and dissemination activities, such as:

  • International Workshop on “Analytical tools and methods to evaluate the impact of public policies on sustainable development goals”, organized by SDSN Italia in collaboration with ASviS in September 2016. The aim of the workshop was to stimulate a debate and make progress on the modelling and monitoring of the SDGs. This has seen the participation of a wide variety of international experts discussing the economic, environmental and social impacts of public policies on sustainable development in Italy. FEEM contributed through the Assessment, Projections and Policy of Sustainable Development Goals (APPS) project, while SDSN presented the SDG Index and Dashboards;
  • Workshop on “Climate-Induced Migration”, aimed at analyzing the link between climate change and migration, held at FEEM in November 2016. The workshop, organized in collaboration with the European Union, brought together leading experts in the field of economics, sociology, and geography to discuss pressing issues and explore ways to contribute to migration policies;
  • Conference “The Path: Environmental Migration and the Climate Challenge after COP22”, inspired by the Encyclical Laudato Si’ and dedicated to “environmental migrants”, took place in the Vatican in December 2016. The conference, realized by Legambiente in collaboration with SDSN Italia and the Pontifical Lateran University, followed the workshop on the same topic that took place at the end of November;
  • SDSN Italia will contribute to the SDSN project TWI 2050 (The World in 2050), addressing the full spectrum of transformational challenges related to achieving the 17 SDGs with a longer term trajectory up to 2050 By using an integrated and systemic approach, it aims to reap the benefits of potential synergies from achieving them in unison
  • SDSN Italia is committed to enhancing the role of young people in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. FEEM will launch, in collaboration with SDSN Youth, AIESEC Italia and Fondazione Italiana Accenture, a contest aimed at promoting the creation of youth-solutions that work towards the achievement of the SDGs.


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