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Following the adoption of the SDGs, the SDSN Thematic Groups are transitioning into Thematic Networks to support SDG advocacy and implementation in key areas. Each network has one or more institutional hosts, more flexible membership arrangements, and the ability to accommodate vastly larger groups of experts. Each Thematic Network is organized around one or more SDGs and serves four major purposes:

  1. To act as a virtual knowledge hub through sharing new research, policy and programmatic developments, as well as educational materials (including through the SDG Academy);
  2. To support national and regional SDSNs and SDSN members on advocacy for the SDGs and operationalizing the goals in each country; Solution Initiatives, long-term pathways, and associated tools; and education on sustainable development, including through the SDG Academy.
  3. To identify and drive new forms of SDG monitoring, in conjunction with the Thematic Network on Data for Sustainable Development;
  4. To promote and undertake, on a case-by-case basis Solution Initiatives and special studies on how to achieve particular SDGs.

Thematic Networks

  • 1: The World in 2050

    This network seeks to chart an integrated pathway for sustainable development through to 2050 that includes achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as interim milestones by 2030. Drawing on the best available modeling frameworks for the full range of SDGs, the network will also develop a business-as-usual pathway to identify the cost of inaction.

  • 2: Humanitarian-Development Linkages

    This thematic network looks at how to accelerate progress in the most fragile regions and how to ensure coherence between the development and humanitarian agendas. The work of this network relates in particular to SDG 16 and cuts across all goals areas.

  • 3: Gender, Human Rights, and Social Inclusion

    This network focuses on human rights and works towards a world where the equal dignity and worth of every individual is respected and valued. It focuses in particular on the realization of SDGs 5, 10, and 16, and its work cuts across all goals areas.

  • 4: Education, Quality and Learning for All (EQUAL)

    This network takes a comprehensive, lifelong and multigenerational approach to learning to maximize the world’s potential for sustainable development. The network aims to support the fulfillment of SDG 4 in particular.

  • 5: Health for All

    As articulated in SDG 3, health is crucial for sustainable development, as it sits at the nexus of the social, environmental, economic, and governance issues. While the MDGs brought new vigor to specific global health challenges, this network seeks to expand the global agenda, with a focus on Universal Health Coverage.

  • 6: Deep Decarbonization Pathways

    The network comprises the members of the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP), an initiative that prepares national, long-term low-emission development pathways that are consistent with the 2°C target, working with 16 country research teams. The work of the DDPP supports the achievement of SDG 13 on climate action.

  • 7: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

    This network explores how to provide healthy diets to a growing world population while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. It also looks at how the three pillars of sustainable development can be realized in rural areas. The network’s activities explicitly aim to support the fulfillment of SDG 2.

  • 8: Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services

    This network seeks integrative solutions for securing biodiversity and improving the management of ecosystem services, from fisheries and timber to forest carbon sinks. Moving forward the work will be separated into a network focusing on oceans and one addressing forests in particular. Together they will support the achievement of SDGs 14 and 15.

  • 9: Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected

    Today, 50% of the world’s 7 billion people live in cities, and, by 2050, this will rise to 70%. This thematic network seeks to identify practical solutions for improving urban management and achieving sustainable cities and human settlements (SDG 11). The work will build on the Campaign for an Urban Sustainable Development Goal, which now aims to support SDG 11 and the achievement of all the SDGs at subnational levels.

  • 10: Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources

    Extractive industries are critical drivers of many economies, but often place a great burden on environmental systems, or affect societies in areas of extraction. This network looks at how to better use resource endowments, including land, for sustainable development. Much of the work of this group touches upon good resource management, linked to SDG 12, as well as accountability and building strong institutions, as per the objectives of SDG 16.

  • 12: Data for Sustainable Development

    This thematic network seeks to identify new and innovative information and monitoring systems necessary to guide the SDGs, as well as existing approaches to data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination that might help data users to overcome gaps and limitations. The network members are actively engaged in Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data launched in September 2015.