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 builds on three main pillars: Contributing to the implementation of SDGs through scientific research and innovation; promoting knowledge and awareness about SDGs throughout Italian society implementing dissemination, educational and training initiatives; identifying, proposing and realizing concrete solutions for sustainable development. Major activities are:

  • Sustainable Development Goals Implementation at the Regional Level
    An event «The 2030 Agenda for local territories and Basilicata communities» to be held in Potenza (Basilicata) on June 5 2017 will present preliminary results of the “Basilicata 2030 Agenda”.
  • Scientific partnership with the SDG Center for Africa
    The partnership will be launched in an International Conference to be held in the Fall 2017 at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Rome in the framework of Italia-Africa cooperation. Main research topics are: natural gas for development of West-Africa; access to energy for local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa; financing for development.
  • Youth awareness about Sustainable Development Goals
    A call for ideas “Youth in Action for SDGs” for students under 30 has been promoted in cooperation with SDSN Youth.The Award Ceremony will be held in Milan on June 6 2017.The best ideas will be published in the 2nd edition of the SDSN Youth Solutions Report and the best idea selected will be presented in the ICSD Conference on September18-19in New York.
  • Modeling Sustainable Development
    In the framework of the cooperation with ASviS (Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development) aWorkshop will be organized in Rome at the end of June 2017 to present the results of the FEEM-APPS modeling exercise assessing Italian path towards the achievement of 2030 Agenda. The modeling exercise will continue at the global level with a second Workshop on “Analytical tools and methods to evaluate impacts of public policies on SDGs” to be held at FEEM in the Fall 2017. Finally, the collaboration to the modeling Working Group of the project TWi2050is ongoing.


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