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Towards Zero Hunger Conference

22. Juni 2018 - 18:24

On August 30th and 31st, 2018, Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will host an international SDG-conference on the theme Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact. This event is one of many activities to celebrate Wageningen’s 100th anniversary.

The conference will focus on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (create partnerships). Speakers include:

  • Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
  • Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
  • Ertharin Cousin, Former President of the World Food Programme
  • Louise O. Fresco, President of Wageningen University & Research

Speakers will discuss innovative transformative pathways to achieve the SDGs, and engage with the audience throughout the event. To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from government, academia, industry, and civil society will discuss governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, the evidence base for sustainable food systems, and the future of collaboration. As the leading institute in food and agriculture, WUR feels committed to contribute to the SDGs in general and Zero Hunger in particular.

A full overview of sessions and side-events is available on the conference website. Students and young professionals are further invited to participate in a foodathon to work on local solutions for the global challenges. The Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute will lead the way forward, involving the next generations in the challenges of Zero Hunger.

Join the conference and get involved in this international ambition! ​​We look forward to seeing you in the Netherlands on 30-31 August!

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Open position: Design and Communications Intern, TReNDS

13. Juni 2018 - 17:05

ABOUT SDSN

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

ABOUT TReNDS

SDSN has established 12 thematic networks comprising leading scientists, engineers, academics and practitioners from business and civil society to promote solutions to key challenges of sustainable development. The thematic networks aim to identify practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.

The Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) is one of SDSN’s most active thematic areas, a network comprised of 20+ experts from across the global data community. Through policy briefs, advisory services, grassroots support, and more, the network examines the data revolution and how its transforming the way governments, companies, and citizens operate and interact. TReNDS amplifies the ongoing work of its expert members while also providing catalytic support to Solutions Initiatives – innovations in data and technology that provide pathways to sustainable development.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Supporting the TReNDS team and the Communications Manager, the Design and Communications Intern will contribute to the operation and outputs of TReNDS. This position will be largely responsible for suggesting and drafting various communications materials (including social media posts); content management; helping with layout, design and updating content on webpages (existing and new); helping design briefings and reports using Adobe InDesign; event planning and support; and light administrative tasks relevant to the entirety of the TReNDS team’s work (including notetaking, maintaining an inventory of projects and initiatives, and similar).

As SDSN is a small team, it is likely that the Design and Communications Intern will be asked to contribute to tasks critical to the functioning of the New York team. These various tasks may include in-person support at special events (SDSN product launches, UN High Level Political Forum and UN General Assembly, U.S. Conference of Mayors) and strategizing with social media and outreach.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

General Communications Support (25%)

  • Support development of content calendar for social media and other owned channels
  • Draft social media posts, including written content and some visual content
  • Engage with expert thematic network and others to source content such as photos, videos, and written content
  • Community management on social media and other forums

Web Support (30%)

  • Maintain TReNDS web pages with up-to-date information and events
  • Using Adobe InDesign, support production of high-quality final formatting and design of briefing series

Production and Design (25%)

  • Modify and apply existing design templates to suit needs of TReNDS publications
  • Using Adobe InDesign, support production of high-quality final formatting and design of briefing series

Special Events and Projects (20%)

  • Assist in planning of special events, including venue research, in-person support, and potentially management of external vendors such as video production teams
  • Assist in preparation for in-person or virtual meetings

It is anticipated that this position will be part-time during the summer, with the potential to continue in the school year to support a high volume of SDSN events in that timeframe.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one year of experience in marketing and communications and/or event planning preferred; can include part-time internships, skills-based academic work, and similar
  • Bachelor’s degree or in-progress Bachelor’s degree desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (including interpersonal skills) required
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (or a willingness/aptitude to learn!)
  • Interest in the mission of SDSN or the broader themes of sustainable development, data and innovation, and/or data and innovation for development
  • Experience in an academic or non-profit setting preferred
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and a strong team player
  • Current eligibility to work in the U.S. (applicants without prior authorization to work in the U.S. will not be considered)

Logistics:

  • The position is based in New York
  • The position is part time (20 hours per week) and may occasionally require the incumbent to be available for early mornings, nights, and weekend
  • The position reports to the Director of TReNDS

Compensation:

Compensation for this position is $15 per hour.

Application:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (less than two pages) through https://sdsn.hrpartner.io/jobs.

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Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The 2018 U.S. Cities SDGs Index

8. Juni 2018 - 2:00

Second Annual ‘U.S. Cities SDG Index’ Ranks American Cities Based on Sustainability Performance

  • Top 100 most populous U.S. cities evaluated using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) global framework
  • 62 of the 100 MSAs are less than half way towards achieving the SDGs
  • The best performing U.S. city is only 68% of the way towards fully achieving the SDGs
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro region (CA) occupies top-spot for second year
  • Report highlights widespread social and economic inequality in U.S. urban areas

BOSTON – Today, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 86th Annual Meeting, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released the 2nd Annual U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index. The report, titled “Leaving No U.S. City Behind,” shows that all U.S. cities, even those at the top of the Index, have far to go to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global framework promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability. The U.S. was among 193 countries that adopted the SDGs in 2015.

The U.S. Cities SDG Index ranks the 100 most populous city regions – or Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) – within the U.S., covering 66% of the domestic population. It is a composite index comprising 44 indicators and providing a comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges facing U.S. cities. It is intended as a technical resource as well as an advocacy tool to spur progress on sustainable development across the U.S.

“America faces many daunting problems, and this year’s U.S. Cities SDG Index uses measurements on 15 of the 17 global SDGs to shine a spotlight on many of the challenges that U.S. cities face, such as access to healthcare, obesity, income inequality and violent crime,” said SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs. “Federal politics are typically paralyzed these days, in the grips of vested interests and lobbyists that block effective actions, yet real solutions and progress can still be won at the local and state level.”

In the 2018 Index, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro region occupies the top-spot for the second year in a row, with an overall index score of 68.57. This means that the San Jose MSA is 68.57% of the way toward fully achieving the SDGs, according to the measures used in this Index. To highlight examples of approaches working in lower-ranked cities, the report also profiles sustainability initiatives in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Baltimore.

The top ten MSAs in the 2018 U.S. Cities SDG Index are the following:

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  2. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  3. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  5. Madison, WI
  6. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  7. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
  9. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  10. Provo-Orem, UT

A series of maps in the report illustrate how different regions are performing on specific goals, such as poverty, health and well-being.  The 2018 Index also examines in more detail the social inequalities highlighted in the 2017 Index – e.g. higher incidences of child poverty in 99 of the 100 city regions, higher female poverty in every city region, and documented racial inequalities across cities – to better understand how social inequalities might be deepening deprivations.

Why U.S. Cities?

In the United States, the engagement of local government leaders is crucial for sustainable development, as 85% of the domestic population live in cities and surrounding metropolitan areas. These cities are centers of economic enterprise and innovation, with the ten largest metropolitan areas accounting for 34% of the country’s total GDP. But they are also responsible for much of the country’s waste and environmental destruction, including more than 80% of the country’s CO2 emissions. It is cities in the U.S. that will make or break sustainable development success for the country as a whole.

The Creation of the U.S. Cities SDG Index

The U.S. Cities SDG Index was inspired by The Global SDG Index, which SDSN co-produces annually to rank 157 countries on their SDG performance. In 2016, the Global Index ranked the U.S. 25th among all countries pursuing the SDGs. In 2017, the U.S. was 42nd as a result of the inclusion of additional indicators that assessed international spillover effects such as CO2 emissions and tax evasion. The creation of this U.S. Cities SDG Index, then, is intended to better understand America’s specific challenges and variations across the country.

About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

Author Contact Information:

Jessica Espey – jessica.espey@unsdsn.org

Laurie Manderino – laurie.manderino@unsdsn.org

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Open position: Manager, Communications Strategy, SDG Academy

1. Juni 2018 - 0:30
ABOUT SDSN

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

ABOUT SDG ACADEMY

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

THE ROLE

Manager, Communications Strategy

Job Posting Date: May 31, 2018

The SDG Academy is seeking a committed and dynamic Manager, Communications Strategy to develop and manage external-facing communications, including social media, website, and other digital/print communications for the SDG Academy’s massive open online courses and other programming. You will play a key role as part of a small team based across New Delhi and New York City that values proactivity and creative thinking to meet our ambitious goals. You will have the opportunity to contribute to overall team strategy while also executing on a unique stream of work. The position is based in New York City (no requests to work remotely will be considered). Candidates must have prior legal authorization to work in the U.S.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Strategize and execute on brand awareness, outreach, course promotion, and awareness of new programs of the SDG Academy
  • Identify and execute on new opportunities to raise brand awareness of the SDG Academy, including networking for potential new partnerships
  • Produce strategic editorial content across multiple digital and non-digital platforms (social media, web, newsletter); includes writing blog and social media content and some creation of social media-optimized graphics
  • Manage modest social media promotional budget and operate promoted campaigns on social media
  • Engage with members of the press around the world to promote the issues and learning materials created by the SDG Academy, using the SDG Academy faculty to prepare op-eds, blogs, podcasts, and other shareable written and visual content.
  • Manage community requests and engagement on social media platforms
  • Work closely with course partners on strategic marketing and communications materials to support enrollment in and awareness of SDG Academy courses, ensuring consistency of voice and style and accommodating the needs of partner institutions
  • Measure the success of engagement across communications channels and provide reports to SDG Academy leadership and course partners
  • Manage outside vendor in redesign of website
  • Supervise a marketing and communications intern, who will support content development
  • Support the communications work of the broader organization (SDSN)
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across time zones and platforms
SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Write, review, and coordinate design and production of print materials (invitations, reports, brochures, flyers, etc.)
  • Manage brand styling and support team members in producing brand collateral (e.g. creating and editing PowerPoints for presentations or reports)
  • Represent the SDG Academy team and the broader organization (SDSN) at external events
The ideal candidate will have:
  • 4+ years of experience in content strategy/marketing and communications, particularly in technology, education technology, or similar
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent skills in communicating and aligning with partners
  • Working proficiency in WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite and Google Drive
  • Experience in management of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media platforms in an organizational setting (including previous paid social experience)
  • Experience working with media, journalists, and publishers
  • Experience supporting communications strategy and execution at both a brand level and campaign level
Preferred characteristics:
  • Familiarity with project management tools such as Asana
  • Working proficiency in Google Analytics
  • Working proficiency in Excel and other analytics tools to support the measurement of SDG Academy offerings
  • An interest/background in or familiarity with sustainable development

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to info@sdgacademy.org with the subject line “Application: Communications Manager”

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SDSN Newsletter — May 2018

31. Mai 2018 - 23:17
Welcome to SDSN’s May 2018 Newsletter!

SDG Solutions Forum for Northern Europe 
On 14 May, the SDSN Northern Europe hosted a Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) at Sida in Stockholm. The event focused on integration and linkages between the SDGs and the lives of immigrants and refugees now living in Scandinavia. Social enterprises from across Northern Europe presented solutions featured in the Integrated Solutions Report produced by this group.

An Evening on SDG Implementation in Sweden 
SDSN and partners hosted a public evening event on 15 May at the Stockholm School of Economics to discuss SDG implementation in Sweden (ranked first in the SDG Index) in the presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, an SDG Advocate. More than 300 persons were in attendance.

University of Waterloo Launched SDSN Canada! 
The University of Waterloo hosted a free public lecture on 7-8 May as part of the launch of SDSN’s 25th network: SDSN Canada. The network will focus on bringing together Canadian post-secondary institutions, civil society members, and others to mobilize around the SDGs.

Scoping Long-Term Pathways for Sustainable Land-Use in Ethiopia 
As part of the FABLE Consortium, SDSN participated in the 2nd Annual Conference on Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy which also launched the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) in Ethiopia. As part of FOLU, long-term FABLE pathways and science-based targets will be developed for Ethiopia.

The SDG Academy has Launched a Facebook Group for their Alumni 
The SDG Academy Alumni Facebook group has been created to connect fellow alumni, share their experiences, and help them to learn more about the emerging issues of sustainable development. Currently 1600 members strong, the group is open to all learners who have either enrolled or successfully completed at least one full-length course (live or self-paced).

 Privacy Policy Update

You have recently received an email from SDSN informing you of an important privacy policy update. The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all our contacts based in the European Union to confirm that they would like to continue receiving emails from us about SDSN and sustainable development. If you are a resident of the European Union and/or believe that the GDPR applies to you, please click below to confirm that you would like to continue receiving SDSN emails.

Confirm Your Subscription SDSN in the Media

Lan Xue et al.: Addressing policy challenges in implementing Sustainable Development Goals through an adaptive governance approach: A view from transitional China, Wiley Online Library – April 25, 2018.

Johan Rockström and Per Espen Stoknes: Redefining green growth within planetary boundaries, Elsevier – April 30, 2018.

Climate Change Affects Your Allergies in These Frustrating Ways (Quotes CCSR scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig – May 16, 2018

Ken E. Giller et al.: Are farmers searching for an African green revolution? Exploring the solution space for agricultural intensification in southern Mali, Cambridge University Press – May 17, 2018.

Jeffrey SachsScholar: Dumping Fossil Fuels by 2050 Needed to Save Climate, Associated Press – May 19, 2018

Upcoming SDSN Events

Youth in Action for the SDGs
Organized by Fondazione Italiana Accenture, SDSN Youth, & Others
5 June | Milan, Italy

The SDSN Italia SDG City Index: Focus on Milan (Workshop in Italian)
Organized by SDSN Italia
6 June | Milan, Italy

Pre-Conference Event: “Supply and Demand of Environmental Economics Policy Advice,” prior to the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists
Organized by SDSN Northern Europe
25 June | Gothenburg, Sweden

View full list of events

Other News and Events SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies

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Open position: Contract Manager, SDSN Association

25. Mai 2018 - 21:12
ABOUT SDSN

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

THE ROLE

Contract Manager

Short-term contract (3-4 months), 21 hours per week

Job Posting Date: March 24, 2018

The SDSN Association is seeking a Contract Manager for a 3-4 month part-time position to replace an employee on maternity leave. The organization of the 21 hour per week schedule is flexible. This position will be based in either New York or Paris and will not involve travel. It will report to the Head of Finance and Administration in Paris.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage the contract portfolio of the SDSN Association in Paris and in New York. Main activities include :
    • Revise and modify existing contract templates as necessary
    • Draft new contracts as requested based on existing templates
    • Ensure that contracts are compliant with internal policies and the agreement of the funding source
    • Serve as the point of contact on contracting between different SDSN Association departments and vendors/service providers
    • Monitor the progress of SDSN contracts and ensure that timelines and deliverables are respected in close coordination with the Project Manager
    • Receive and verify vendor bills and subcontractor narrative and financial reports
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Perfect mastery of English, both oral and written
  • Responsiveness, organization, attention to detail
  • Experience and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Expert level in Microsoft Word and Excel

Prior experience with contracting and with an international organization is desirable but not required.

To apply, please submit your CV on https://sdsn.hrpartner.io/jobs . Only candidates who meet the criteria above will be contacted.

 

Manager de contrats (H/F)

Contrat à durée déterminée (CDD) de 3-4 mois, 21h HEBDO

Date de l’annonce : 24 mars 2018

Le SDSN Association recherche un/e manager de contrats pour 3-4 mois à temps partiel pour remplacer une salariée en congé maternité. (L’organisation des 21 heures hebdomadaire est flexible). Ce poste sera basé à New-York ou à Paris ; il n’y aura pas de déplacements. Il est sous la responsabilité de la Chef de Finance et Administration à Paris.

ACTIVITÉS DE BASE:
  • Gérer le portfolio de contrats du SDSN Association à Paris et à New-York. Principales activités incluent :
    • Editer et modifier des modèles existants de contrats en cas de besoin
    • Créer de nouveaux contrats à partir de modèles existants
    • Assurer la conformité des contrats avec les subventions et les politiques intérieures
    • Servir de point de contact entre les différents départements du SDSN Association et les prestataires
    • Surveiller au progrès des contrats et veiller à ce que les différentes étapes soient complétées selon le calendrier en coordination avec le manager du projet
    • Réceptionner et vérifier la conformité des factures et des rapports programmatiques et financiers
COMPÉTENCES :
  • Maîtrise parfaite de l’anglais à l’écrit et à l’oral
  • Réactivité, sens de l’organisation, attention aux détails
  • Expérience et capacité à gérer de multiples tâches et projets à la fois
  • Niveau expert en traitement de texte et tableur

Une expérience dans ce domaine et avec une organisation internationale est souhaitable mais pas obligatoire.

Pour postuler, veuillez visiter https://sdsn.hrpartner.io/jobs pour télécharger votre CV et lettre de motivation. Uniquement les candidats qui répondent aux critères ci-dessus seront contactés.

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An Evening on SDG Implementation in Sweden

23. Mai 2018 - 22:51

Two and a half years into the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus clearly has shifted from theorization to implementation in Sweden. Ranking first on SDSN’s SDG Index, the country has demonstrated its determination to tackle the challenges relating to SDG achievement, and at the current state is roughly 15 percent away from achieving the Goals (see SDSN’s SDG Index).

The public evening event, hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics, Sida, SDSN, Global Utmaning, and SDSN Northern Europe on May 15, 2018, took place in the gracious presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, an SDG Advocate.

During this event, keynote speaker Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN, highlighted the link between a high tax-to-GDP ratio to both relatively high results on the SDG Index and the World Happiness Report. He stressed the key role of Nordic countries and especially Sweden in making the SDGs a reality, acknowledging that their current strong leading position will help other countries identify best practices on the path towards Agenda 2030.

“Sustainable development can comfortably be achieved. Sweden, continue your leadership for the SDGs and keep inspiring the rest of the world.”
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

Sweden´s scorecard on the SDG Index.

In the following discussion, renowned panelists from politics, academia, and civil society, highlighted their view on the sustainable transformation underway and concrete examples from Sweden were shared. Carin Jämtin, Director-General of Sida, stressed the fact that Official Development Assistance is a necessary, but insufficient means of achieving the Goals, and that the Swedish and international business community will have to adhere to a whole new set of standards that makes the SDGs not an added, but an integral part of their strategy moving forward.

Discussing remaining challenges: Moderator Alexander Crawford with Carin Jämtin, Marie Dahllöf, Johan Rockström, Mette Morsing and Jeffrey Sachs.

Marie Dahllöf, Secretary General of the Postcode Foundation, reminded the audience of the foundation being the third largest private funder to sustainable development in the world. Their funding supports projects that promote positive social development or seek long-term solutions to global challenges and therefore open a valuable opportunity for civil society projects to receive funding and making a change. The concrete examples given embrace the broad topics of culture, nature and environment, people, and sports. She also emphasized the critical task of spreading the message widely across all levels of society.

Mette Morsing, Professor at Stockholm School of Economics, pointed towards the importance of sustainable finance in the process towards SDG achievement and explained the basic but crucial steps in making the Agenda 2030 an integral part of university curricula including the financial study tracks. The Stockholm School of Economics aligns research projects, education, and outreach activities in terms of their connection to the SDGs and thereby carries their message across the various academic fields.

Despite Sweden’s very good track record regarding the SDGs, especially the social ones, Johan Rockström, member of the Swedish Delegation for the Agenda 2030 and Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, pointed towards the most pressing areas of improvement: SDGs 13, 14, and 15. “As a global pioneer in the sustainable development agenda, Sweden does have the responsibility to committedly solve these issues on a national level in order to lead by example,” Prof. Rockström noted.

Marie Dahllöf, Alexander Crawford, Jeffrey Sachs, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, Mette Morsing, Guido Schmidt-Traub, and Carin Jämtin.

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Scoping Long-Team Pathways for Sustainability in Ethiopia

23. Mai 2018 - 20:12

In late 2017, SDSN and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) launched the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium to bring together leading research institutions which form more than 20 country and regional teams. Members of the consortium collaborate to develop integrated long-term pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems consistent with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The FABLE analyses will also assess international spillover effects to ensure that national pathways are consistent with global objectives.

Recently, as part of the FABLE Consortium, SDSN participated in the 2nd Annual Conference on Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (14-15 May, Addis Ababa) which also launched the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) in Ethiopia. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and FOLU Ambassador, gave a keynote on the launch of FOLU Ethiopia and shared her experience on international examples of facilitating action across government, business, and communities for a climate-resilient, sustainable, and integrated, food and land use system.

This event also brought together the following partners of FOLU Ethiopia: the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; the National Planning Commission of Ethiopia; the National Integrated Land Use Planning and Policy Project Office, Prime Minister’s Office; Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency; the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI); the Water and Land Resource Centre, Addis Ababa University (AAU); Synergos; the World Resources Institute; and, SDSN.

As part of FOLU, long-term FABLE pathways and science-based targets will be developed for Ethiopia in collaboration with the FABLE Consortium’s local team based at EDRI. Under the FOLU Ethiopia program of work, the FABLE component is located under “Focus Area 1: Science-based targets & Pathways, Roadmap, and Ambassadors”. As a whole, FOLU Ethiopia aims to build the narrative for a roadmap that can guide sustainable food and land use systems within the national context.

Additional FOLU partners also include IIASA; EAT Foundation; the World Business Council on Sustainable Development; Systemiq; and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

FOLU in Ethiopia is supported with the generous funding of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

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Waterloo launches SDSN Canada

23. Mai 2018 - 14:53

The SDSN now boasts 25 national and regional networks worldwide! SDSN Canada, officially launched Monday, May 7, 2018, has joined 24 other SDSN networks working to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Feridun Hamdullahpur (President and Vice Chancellor), Jean Andrey (Dean, Faculty of Environment, Dr.Jeffrey Sachs, and Charmaine Dean (Vice President, University Research)

As part of the launch, Waterloo hosted a free public lecture on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, with a keynote address by acclaimed development economist Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN.

Students from around the world representing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

“We all have a role to play in tackling the toughest challenges facing the planet,” said Jon Beale, manager of SDSN Canada. “It’s the duty of the SDSN to harness the amazing potential we have in this country, connect talent and resources, and foster collaboration that can actually make a difference to policy and action. If you have a passion for change, we want to hear from you.”

Get some impressions from the launch in the video below:

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Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) 2018

16. Mai 2018 - 3:35

On 14 May, the SDSN Northern Europe hosted a Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) at Sida in Stockholm. The overall theme of the event was integration and linkages between the SDGs and the lives of immigrants and refugees now living in Scandinavia. A morning panel looked at the ways climate change and migration impact each other. During the panel, Biljana Macura & Clarisse Kehler Siebert of the Stockholm Environmental Institute called for a literature review on the topic, to aid policymakers in making transparent and science-based decisions around migration and climate change. François Gemenne of The Hugo Observatory noted that as our world becomes more interdependent and globalized, there is a tendency for societies to become more afraid of the “other,” particularly immigrants. He went on to encourage the audience to view migration not as a challenge, but rather an opportunity, noting that immigrants are a key resource for economic growth, innovation, and most importantly the transition to sustainable development. Anna Norden concluded the panel by warning that oversimplification of these complex issues often leads to misinformation in the media and the public discourse.

In the afternoon, 15 of the 20 solutions featured in the Integration Solutions Report were presented in 3-minute pitches. Highlights include International Sandwich Brothers, which trains recently-arrived Norwegians to make delicious, organic sandwiches delivered by bicycle. Two projects, Integrify and YES CPH Co., take advantage of the rapidly increasing demand for software and web coders, and trains new arrivals in this critical skill. Neighborhood Mothers and Svenska Med Baby build networks of new parents from all backgrounds for a multicultural network of support. FRAK matches at-risk youth with jobs and internships, to help them both build their resumes and earn money.

The forum brought together a range of network stakeholders and community actors to showcase a range of efforts to realize the SDGs across Northern Europe. The theme of “integration” is just one of many the network hopes to focus on in the years ahead to maintain Northern Europe as a leader on the 2030 Agenda.

A second event was hosted by the SDSN Northern Europe on Tuesday, 15 May. Entitled “Transforming Sectors: SDG Implementation in Sweden,” the public event opened with a keynote address from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who applauded Sweden for their strong performance in the World Happiness Report and the SDG Index and Dashboards, but noted that there is still progress to be made. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Alexander Crawford of Global Utmaning and featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Marie Dahllöf of the Postcode Foundation, Carin Jämtin of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Mette Morsing of the Stockholm School of
Economics, and Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The discussion explored what is missing in the current state of SDG implementation in Sweden and identified opportunities for action within civil society and academia, both at home and abroad through ODA and other mechanisms. The event took place in the gracious presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, an SDG Advocate.

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SDSN Newsletter — April 2018

7. Mai 2018 - 17:44
Welcome to SDSN’s March 2018 Newsletter!

Public Consultation on 2018 SDG Index and Dashboard Report Launched 
On 30 April Bertelsmann Stiftung and SDSN published draft findings of the 2018 report for public review and consultation. The report rates country performance on the SDGs. We are seeking comments through to 11 May for inclusion in the report, which will be published in early July ahead of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

SDSN Releases White Paper on Decarbonizing the Northeastern United States 
SDSN, Hydro-Quebéc, and Evolved Energy Research have shown that present policies in the Northeastern United States cannot reach regional greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. This white paper analyzes how the region can reach 80% emissions reductions by 2050 using a mix of Canadian hydropower and regional renewables in a cost-effective way.

2018 Happiness Festival: A Collaborative Celebration for a Happier Indonesia 
Achieving balance between people, nature, and spiritual wellbeing is one way to achieve universal happiness. This philosophy makes up the core of the SDG Pyramid developed by the SDSN Southeast Asia network and was the fundamental motivation behind the Happiness Festival they hosted last month.

New SDG Academy Course: Can we Transform Development Practice? 
Climate change. Extreme events. Social and political shocks. Learn how to use resilience thinking in a world full of surprises by enrolling in the new SDG Academy course Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking. The course launches April 30, but enrollment will remain open after launch.

SDSN in the Media

Adolf Kloke-Lesch & Janina Sturm: Team-Building for the 2030 Agenda – Diplomatisches Magazin, April 2018

Ken E. Giller et al.: Agricultural land use change and associated driving forces over the past 180 years in two municipalities of the Brazilian Cerrado Springer – April 12, 2018

Jeffrey D. SachsForget Trans Mountain, here’s the sustainable way forward for Canada’s energy sector, The Globe and Mail – April 13, 2018

Eugénie L. BirchAromar Revi et al.: The UN, the Urban Sustainable Development Goal, and the New Urban Agenda, in: Urban Planet (Elmqvist, et al.), May 2018

IISD featured SDSN’s SDG Index as a key tool in tracking SDG indicators for evidence of the implementation process.

Upcoming SDSN Events

Launch of SDSN Canada
Organized by SDSN Canada
7-8 May | Waterloo, Canada

SDSN Northern Europe Solutions Initiatives Forum (SIF)
Organized by SDSN Northern Europe
14 May | Stockholm, Sweden

Transforming Sectors: SDG Implementation in Sweden
Organized by SDSN, SDSN Northern EuropeStockholm School of EconomicsSida, & Global Utmaning
15 May | Stockholm, Sweden

SDSN Leadership Council Meeting
Organized by SDSN
15-16 May | Stockholm, Sweden

Global Solutions Summit
Organized by IfW Kiel & Global Solutions Initiative
28-29 May | Berlin, Germany

View full list of events

Other News and Events
  • SDSN Youth in the Australia/Pacific has released a statement to aid the Australian Government in their Voluntary National Review process for the SDGs.
  • The FABLE Pathways Consortium South American country teams met on 19-21 March to develop a regional approach to long-term FABLE Pathways. Read their outcomes here.
  • SDSN and the SDG Center for Africa have concluded an open consultation on a draft Africa SDG Index and Dashboard.
  • SDSN participated in the 4th Workshop of the Partners for Review in Tbilisi, Georgia. A preliminary meeting was also hosted by the University of Georgia to discuss potentially creating a new network within SDSN.
  • SDSN’s Local Data Action Solutions Initiative has announced their mircro-grant selections.
  • SDSN Youth released their 2017 #KnowYourGoals campaign report, which showcases the efforts of 150 communities and organizations in localizing the SDGs.
  • SDSN member Gaia Education announced their 15-hour introductory course, Designing for Sustainability, that leads students into sustainable living and great resilience.
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) held their final replenishment meeting on April 25 where close to 30 countries pledged $4.1bn towards the GEF and its work supporting the Paris Agreement.
  • Dr. Jim Williams, Director of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, is helping to launch a new graduate program in energy at the University of San Francisco. The program is still accepting applications for admission this fall.
  • After 12 months of intensive training, research, and consultation, SDSN Youth’s local pathways fellowship 2017 program is coming to an end. The cohorts have captured their journey in this report.
  • SDSN Leadership Council member, Jane Lubchenco, received the prestigious Vannevar Bush Aware for her work in marine ecology.
  • You can still catch up on open SDG Academy courses like Sustainable Cities. Enroll now at SDGAcademy.org!
SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies

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Open position: Associate, FABLE Consortium

2. Mai 2018 - 18:43
ABOUT SDSN

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

THE ROLE

Several institutions, including the SDSN, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the EAT Foundation, World Resources Institute, Systemiq, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, launched the Food and Land Use Coalition in 2017. The coalition aims to (i) develop long-term global and national “FABLE pathways” (Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-use, and Energy) towards sustainable food and land-use systems, (ii) promote business solutions for sustainable food and land-use systems; and (iii) undertake geographical “deep dives” to strengthen national policies in support of sustainable food and land-use systems.

SDSN and IIASA, are building a global network of leading knowledge institutions across the FABLE domains and country teams in G20 and other major economies. This FABLE Consortium is developing consistent global and national FABLE pathways to explore how countries can transition towards sustainable land use and food systems. Success for this complex project will require technical rigor of the results as well as buy-in from country teams and the constituencies involved in the FABLE pathways.

The SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented Associate for the FABLE Initiative based in its Paris office. Reporting to the Director of the FABLE Initiative, and working closely with colleagues at IIASA and other SDSN colleagues, the Associate will help build and manage a global network of research institutions. He or she will contribute to the analytical work under FABLE and help manage relationships with partners.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Conduct technical analyses, draft reports, and contribute to the drafting of scientific publications.
  • Provide editing and page setting support for FABLE web and non-web content.
  • Support the organization of FABLE-related events from a content, logistics, and event management perspective (including SDSN administrative processes, participants’ travels, and meeting venue coordination) in collaboration with local host institutions and the SDSN administrative team.
  • Assistance in monitoring participants’ traveling budget and other expenses related to the events (venue, catering, transportation, hotel, etc.).
  • Represent FABLE and the Food and Land-Use Coalition at international meetings and conferences.
  • Support fundraising efforts for FABLE and the broader Food and Land-Use Coalition.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Director, FABLE Initiative.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum three years of relevant professional experience.
  • Proven experience in organizing large international events.
  • Deep understanding of the technical FABLE challenges as well as their policy implications at national, regional, and global levels.
  • Proven track-record in facilitating international multi-stakeholder coalitions around shared technical work with a strong global network of institutions covering the FABLE dimensions.
  • Familiarity with Integrated Assessment models. Formal modelling training is desired but not essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Outstanding, native English oral communication and writing skills. Full proficiency desirable in one or more other languages, notably French, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  • Advanced degree in economics, natural sciences, engineering, or related discipline.
  • The candidate must have the right to work in France and should, ideally, be living in Paris.
SALARY AND BENEFITS

SDSN offers a French work contract. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

To apply, submit a CV and cover letter to https://sdsn.hrpartner.io/jobs.

We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements. Applications will be accepted until Thursday 31st of May 2018 (midnight Paris time).

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FABLE’s South American collaboration towards shared regional and global objectives

2. Mai 2018 - 17:35

The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium was launched in 2017 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). It currently comprises close to 20 country and regional teams composed of leading research institutions. Consortium members collaborate to develop integrated long-term pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The FABLE analyses will also assess international spillover effects to ensure that national pathways are consistent with global objectives.

Back in December 2017, SDSN and IIASA brought together, for the first time in Vienna, the local knowledge institutions of 12 FABLE country teams.

There among many other interesting discussions and presentations, the Brazilian country team, represented by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Institute of Applied Economics Research (IPEA), presented its experience on how the country reached its Paris Climate Agreement targets. One of the tools that was used to achieve this was the Brazilian version of the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) developed in collaboration with IIASA which allows for spatially explicit data to be modelled and analyzed into scenarios and enables policy-makers to test the impact of potential policies on land-use change and competition over the various sectors (agriculture, forestry, energy, water use, etc.).

This discussion inspired FABLE’s South American country teams: Argentina (represented by Fundación Bariloche and the National Agricultural Technology Institute), Brazil (INPE and IPEA), and Colombia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de los Andes), to come together and discuss their region’s common priorities, including protecting shared precious resources such as the Amazon. In view of several overlapping objectives that were identified, the teams set out to collaborate to develop a regional approach to long-term FABLE pathways.

On 19-21 March 2018, in an event co-organized by Fundación Bariloche and the SDSN, the three country teams met in the beautiful mountains of Bariloche, Argentina, for a three-day meeting to begin their collaboration and start sharing their respective data and expertise to potentially develop and enhance the South American regional GLOBIOM model introduced by the IIASA and the Brazilian team back in December. To work towards this, they agreed to jointly produce new land use maps, develop multiscale modelling, and provide restoration and biodiversity assessments.

Following the next FABLE Consortium meeting taking place in June 2018, the South American FABLE country teams will meet again in September.

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Learning to Localize: LDA-SI Micro-Grant Selections Announced

1. Mai 2018 - 17:06

“How can we localize the SDGs?”  Two and a half years into the SDG project, cities and local government actors are still trying to answer this question.  What we have learned (from projects like SDSN’s Sustainable Cities Initiative) is that data plays an in integral role in defining and guiding localization strategies.  In setting these strategies, local governments, academics, civil society organizations and businesses are innovating the way data is used to support long-term development goals.  City actors are learning by doing and are eager to learn from their peers.

SDSN’s Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (LDA-SI) was established with this primary objective: to promote sound, replicable technical methods for sub-national SDG monitoring that facilitate local action in support of the “leave no one behind” principle (LNOB).  LDA-SI focuses on four categories of inquiry:

  1. Indicator localization: What useful, feasible, functional sub-national data indicators can be used to promote SDG action and achievement? How are specific indicators aligned with the IAEG-SDG global indicators, as well as existing city-level data systems? And how does the identified indicator drive SDG action?
  2. Data platforms: What are models (including both function and design) for data dashboards that can provide granular (e.g., block level) data on SDG (or SDG-aligned) indicators?
  3. Third party data: How can third party data be used to fill gaps in sub-national data systems (considering for example citizen generated data or telecom data)?
  4. National-local data integration: What are methods for aligning and integrating national and sub-national SDG reporting systems?

Now in our second phase of work, LDA-SI has launched a micro-grant initiative aiming to seed and support local data innovations in these four areas, and to promote the dissemination of lessons from these experiences to inform sub-national SDG data efforts worldwide.

Following a call for proposals in late January 2018, SDSN received dozens of quality submissions, touching every corner of the globe, and representing an extraordinarily wide selection of data activities and technical expertise.  This diverse pool of applications illustrates the incredible breadth and depth of SDG data localization initiatives underway worldwide.  Click here for a full list of applicants.

The final selection of grantees was determined based on several criteria: clarity of concept; applicability for actions toward SDG target achievement; and transferability, replicability, adaptability, and affordability of the proposed methodology. Proposals were also assessed to determine the strength of the applicants’ local partnerships, in order to ensure the proposed data products would be relevant and utilized.  Additionally, the selection team considered the applicants’ plans for long-term action, beyond the life of the grant. The chosen group of awardees is diverse in terms of geography and development contexts, types of technical outputs, and inclusive approaches (promoting the principle of Leave No One Behind). And furthermore, SDSN is proud to be partnering with awardees who boast strong reputations as knowledge partners, communicators and educators.

These five proposals were selected:

  •  For ArubaWolfs Company will build on existing TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and SDG analysis in Aruba to create a framework and an online data dashboard that will track land and marine socioeconomic and ecological indicators and inform SDG achievement efforts on the island.  The model, which will align with data systems of state agencies within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will provide an example of how tracking ecosystem services can support SDG achievement in a hyper-specific geographic location and will provide a replicable methodology that will be of particular interest to small island contexts.
  • For Brazil, the Metropolitan SDG Observatory (METRODS) and Nossa BH Movement will collaborate with the Metropolitan Agency of Belo Horizonte, Newton Paiva University and other local partners to collect data and analyze a set of 80 indicators that focus on SDG #11 achievement in the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area.  The indicators will allow the establishment of a long-term, practical tool for informing political decision-making and development investment, and for educating civil society so that they can understand development conditions and monitor their priorities for the region.  This effort will offer an innovative model for including marginalized areas, as the geographic focus will incorporate peripheral areas of the Metropolitan Area and will maintain the objective of reducing localized inequalities through a strategic approach to data collection, analysis and dissemination.
  • In Colombia, the Como Vamos City Network (CVCN) and Fundación Corona, with the support of graduate students from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), are developing a public online data tool that will track SDG indicators and goals for 19 Colombian urban agglomerations (over 35 municipalities), covering over 40% of the country’s population. The tool, which will add and contribute to national and sub-national data initiatives led by the national government, provides a unique example of a civil-society-led project to create a common set of sub-national indicators, which must reconcile local variances in capacity and development across numerous locations within a country, while providing citizens the opportunity to learn, track and monitor SDG progress at the local level.
  • In IndiaCommunity Systems Foundation‘s OpenCities Institute will work with the city of Patiala (Punjab) to create a proof-of-concept package for SDG localization: a model indicator framework that reflects municipal human development objectives across sectors, hosted on a prototype data dashboard. Building on previous work in Patiala connecting road safety indicators to the Global Agenda, this project will set a precedent for using the SDGs to frame development priorities across sectors, in Indian cities that have less exposure on the global stage. It will serve as a first step towards a full-scale SDG observatory, encouraging the city to define (through an inclusive process) the particular human development challenges that ‘business as usual’ planning is ineffective at addressing.
  • In the United States, the City of Los Angeles has committed to integrating the SDGs into the city’s long-term sustainable development strategy. To achieve their aim, L.A. has partnered with Occidental College to explore how the city can incorporate the SDGs into the city’s plans, projects, partnerships and budgets. Working with students from Occidental and other local universities, the City of L.A. is mapping key sectors and stakeholders — including non-profits and businesses– to build an activated network around local targets and indicators. The project will produce a multi-sector monitoring plan and identify new ways for cities to adapt global indicators to the local level.

 

Over the next several months the grantees will implement their work plans to develop sub-national SDG data solutions.  And in Fall 2018 each party will release a learning brief explaining the methodology behind their data solution, providing a blue print for local initiatives in other locations to replicate and adapt.  News and information about these activities will be shared via the LDA-SI and SDSN websites, and via social media, so stay tuned.

For further information about the grantees, or about the long list of applicants, contact LDA-SI Program Manager, Sandy Ruckstuhl.

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Public Consultation on 2018 SDG Index and Dashboard Report Launched

30. April 2018 - 20:56

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the SDSN are pleased to invite you to a public consultation of data used for the upcoming third edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards report, which will be published around July 2. This year’s report will focus on national implementation of the SDGs. Last year’s edition of this unofficial report is available at www.sdgindex.org.

Please find the data for the upcoming report as well as preliminary dashboards for your review here. This year we are adding several new indicators (tab 1) with some still pending, so the dashboards will change before publication. For this reason, please do not cite or attribute any of the consultation material.

This year’s report will include all UN member states and present trend data for the first time. As in previous years, we rely on published internationally comparable data for all countries reported by international organizations or other data providers. Preliminary results and the methodology are presented (tab. 6-10).

We are particularly interested to hear your comments on the data sources used, the preliminary dashboards, the thresholds used to denote goal achievement, and the proposed analysis of trend data. In particular, please let us know if you can think of other data that might be included in the report.

We do encourage you to share the data with experts who may be able to comment on specific issues, but please do not share the attached widely in your networks. If you have questions about the methodology or results we will be very happy to discuss them bilaterally.

Please submit your comments and suggestions by Friday, 11 May 2018 via our online form. We are unfortunately not able to accept email submissions.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at sdgindex2018@unsdsn.org.

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2018 Happiness Festival: A Collaborative Celebration For A Happier Indonesia

27. April 2018 - 23:04

2018 Happiness Festival: A Collaborative Celebration For A Happier Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia 28, March 2018 –

Achieving balance between people, nature, and spiritual wellbeing is one way to achieve universal happiness. This philosophy makes up the core of the SDG Pyramid developed by the SDSN Southeast Asia Network and was the fundamental motivation behind the Happiness Festival they hosted last month.

Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Happiness Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

The second annual Happiness Festival was recently held in Indonesia under the patronage of the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), SDSN, Project Semesta, and United in Diversity, or UID (the host of SDSN Southeast Asia). The Happiness Festival aims to ignite a global movement for happiness by combining social, ecological, and spiritual messaging around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The two-day event was supported by honored leaders and members of the community, including Bambang Brodjonegoro (Minister of National Development Planning), Marzuki Usman (Formerly of the Ministry of Tourism; Board of Trustees, UID), Aristides Katoppo (Senior Journalist), I Gede Ardhika (Formerly of the Ministry of Tourism; Board of Trustees, UID); and Cherie Nursalim (Vice Chairman of GITI Group; Board of Trustees, UID). Other stakeholders from various parts of society also supported the festival and joined in the activities.­­

“The Indonesian government has shown a consistency in legitimizing the SDG agenda into the country’s national development planning and issuing Presidential regulation No.59 year of 2017. [The] support from BAPPENAS and SDSN [of the] Happiness Festival shows our government values [the notion that] the growth of a nation is linked to increased human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy. The Happiness Festival brings our society closer together with the spirit of unity in diversity, serving as a collective action to join the global movement of happiness and realize the SDGs,” said Mari Elka Pangestu, President, United in Diversity.

Throughout the event, a series of workshops and dialogues were held on a variety of topics. Sustainable food consumption was one popular theme, and prompted a discussion among attendees from the food industry including Burgreens, GEMASS, Sayurbox, and Krakakao, on the adverse impacts of general public consumption patterns, and alternative lifestyle solutions so individuals can practice sustainable food consumption, inspiring more sustainable food consumption in the context of urban society. Other workshops included: Turmeric-Based Home Remedy by Rahsa Nusantara; Terrariums for Kids by Kawan Cendekia; Upcycling Fashion Waste by Threadapeutic; Natural Lipbalm by Peek.Me Naturals’ Good Deeds; Happy Volunteering by Indorelawan.org; and many more.

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT: Vikra Ijas, cofounder & CPO of crowd-funding company Kitabisa.com

“Happiness is a choice. In Kitabisa.com, we believe one of the highest forms of happiness is achieved when we help make other people happy. In line with SDG Pyramid to Happiness, which serves as the DNA of [the] Happiness Festival, Kitabisa.com have evidence that Indonesia is full of good and caring people. Rather, we simply need more bridges to connect and more platforms that unite us.”

The festival championed the SDG Pyramid, which demonstrates how the SDGs can be used to facilitate social wellbeing. The Pyramid rearranges the SDGs into three core components that represent issues in relation to people, ecology, and spirit. The 17 SDGs are grounded in the existing core values of other philosophies and religions such as Pancasila, Islam (hablum minallah, hablum minannas, hablum minalam), the Chinese philosophy Tian Di Ren He, and the Balinese life philosophy Tri Hita Karana, which means “Three Ways to Happiness” and guides many aspects of Balinese life.

ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT: Max Mandias, plant-based chef & founder of eatery Burgreens

“At Burgreens, we always have a soft spot for movements that touch the harmony of people, environment and the Giver of life, just like [the] Happiness Festival. Since the very beginning, Burgreens pledges to make healthy, ethical and sustainable food delicious, fun and accessible while empowering local farmers and women through a responsible supply chain. Together with [the] Happiness Festival, we want to educate [how] our food directly impacts our health, animal and farmer welfare, and environmental sustainability – it impacts our happiness and the country’s happiness depends on it.”

The SDGs are critical for the future of mankind and our planet but they cannot be achieved unless we all commit to their core mission: that all people deserve the opportunity to enjoy a happy and equitable life. No one country can achieve this alone; this is a challenge faced by our planet and one in which we must all be involved. The SDSN Southeast Asia Network hopes that their SDG Pyramid and the Happiness Festival can be replicated in other cities and towns around the world, uniting us all in working toward a sustainable and equitable future.

 

About United in Diversity and Project Semesta

United in Diversity (UID) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2003 to build trust and inspire Indonesian leaders from business, government, and civil society to collectively create SUSTAINABILITY-ORIENTED SOLUTIONS (SOS): prototypes of systemic change that promote models of socially and ecologically responsible economic transformation. UID serves as a catalyst for sustainable development through its learning platforms that emphasize socially, ecologically, and spiritually balanced economic development.

Project Semesta is a community of social businesses whose products/services are solutions for sustainability. The main objective of Project Semesta is to map and build the right ecosystem to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns in Indonesia. To achieve this, Project Semesta engages in building a sustainable partnership, enhancing education on sustainability, and creating a collective market.

For more information, visit and follow:

The SDG Pyramid website – http://www.sdgpyramid.org/

The Happiness Festival on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HappinessFestival.ID/

The Happiness Festival on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/happinessfestival.id

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Join SDSN: Communications and Outreach Manager

9. April 2018 - 21:22
ABOUT SDSN

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

THE ROLE

SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented professional to serve as Communications and Outreach Manager, coordinating and leading outreach for two of SDSN’s major programs. Based out of the New York office of the SDSN, the Manager will report to one of SDSN’s Senior Advisers, who is director of the data program. The Manager will work closely with the whole SDSN Secretariat team, who support a variety of initiatives aimed at SDG implementation. The position provides an excellent opportunity to apply your skills in support of sustainable development, by raising the profile of SDSN’s forward-thinking work to reach the widest possible global audience.

In this role, you will work primarily with SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS). TReNDS is one of SDSN’s most active networks, comprised of 20+ experts from the global data community. TReNDS conducts cutting edge research on evolving data ecosystems, and provides catalytic support to Solutions Initiatives, innovations in data and technology which provide pathways to sustainable development. The position will also support an emerging global SDSN initiative on sustainable land use and food systems, as well as general SDSN Secretariat communications.

As Communications and Outreach Manager you will be largely responsible for editing and
producing TReNDS publications, including flagship reports, briefs and blogs. You will implement the communications and engagement strategy for TReNDS and its members to increase its audience size and depth and improve messaging, branding, and positioning. You will liaise directly with members of the expert Network and develop and maintain an inventory of current projects and initiatives underway, thereby helping to amplify members’ work. As Manager you will also assist with planning for major TReNDS events. Working in tandem with SDSN colleagues, you will help to design and manage event-related publications, social media, and websites. Additional responsibilities include managing the production of the TReNDS newsletter, updating an online calendar, and organizing event video production and archives.

The Manager will also provide communications support to an emerging SDSN initiative on sustainable land use and food systems (FABLE). This will include: preparing online articles, blogs and social media to showcase research; planning public events; and developing a project specific outreach and communications strategy. In a broader sense, you will support the overall communication needs of SDSN and be expected to contribute to tasks such as refining an organization-wide communications strategy, coordinating social media and outreach activities, and supporting special events.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Outreach and Engagement: Implementation & Monitoring

  • Lead the execution of the TReNDS communications and outreach strategy; provide
    similar support for FABLE and Open Data Watch activities.
  • Create and update on an ongoing basis a matrix of TReNDS members and current
    projects to drive member engagement
  • Develop and execute event- and publication-specific outreach strategies, including targeted promotion through social media, websites, and associated newsletters.
  • Support and, where necessary, lead the organization of events or meetings, including the development of event specific and outreach communication plans

Written Communications: Production and Design

  • Manage the editing and production of TReNDS publications, including flagship reports,
    briefs and blogs.
  • Create and apply existing design templates to suit needs of TReNDS publications.
  • Using InDesign, produce high-quality final formatting and design of TReNDS outputs.
  • Maintain TReNDS and FABLE web pages with up-to-date information and events.
  • Develop and edit written and visual content optimized for various communications channels including blogs and op-eds with TReNDS members, and content for SDSN monthly newsletter
QUALIFICATIONS
  • The candidate must have the right to work in the United States.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in public relations and/or communications
  • Knowledge of sustainable development and passion for the mission of the Sustainable
    Development Solutions Network
  • Interest and/or experience in using and promoting data to drive sustainable development preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic, non-profit or international organization setting highly desired
  • Professional fluency in English required, other languages a plus.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and oral communications skills required (experience in translation or copy-editing material from non-native English speakers preferred).
  • Proficiency with content management systems (WordPress or Medium preferred).
  • Experience creating and managing social media messaging and accounts.
  • Proficiency in graphic design and digital content development tools required (Adobe Creative Suite preferred).
  • Adept at learning and navigating new skills and technologies quickly.
  • Experience organizing high-level, professional events.
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently, in fast-paced environments.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated use of tact and discretion in dealing with a wide range of internal and external constituents required.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and a strong team player.
SALARY AND LOGSITICS
  • Location: This position will be based in New York, NY. (Please note that candidates must
    have prior authorization to work in the United States, as we are unable to sponsor visas
    at this time.)
  • Contract length: We offer a 12-to-16-month contract, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.
  • Reporting: This position reports to the director of the data program.
  • Travel: This position will require international travel.
How to apply:

To apply, submit a CV and cover letter to https://sdsn.hrpartner.io/jobs. We will contact only
those candidates whose profile meets our requirements. Applications will be accepted until
Tuesday 24th April 2018.

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SDSN Newsletter — March 2018

9. April 2018 - 17:12
Welcome to SDSN’s March 2018 Newsletter!

2018 World Happiness Report Launched 
The launch of the 6th edition of the World Happiness Report at the Vatican generated unprecedented interest around the world. It complements the first-ever Global Happiness Policy Report launched in Dubai in February 2018. This year Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup from 2015-2017.

IPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference Sets a New Urban Research & Action Agenda 
Over the course of three days at this major international conference, scientists, policymakers, researchers, and development experts worked to assess the current state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, identify key knowledge priorities, and chart a course forward for academic, practitioner, and urban policy-making communities. SDSN participated in a variety of ways.

SDSN Australia/Pacific Network Hosts SDG Summit 
Australia’s second SDG Summit was attended by nearly 300 stakeholders. Participants discussed how to achieve the SDGs ahead of Australia’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) presentation at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum in July.

Third Meeting of The World in 2050 Consortium 
IIASA convened the third meeting of The World in 2050 Consortium to prepare the first scientific publications related to this initiative and a report to be launched a the 2018 High-Level Political Forum.

Enroll Now for Three SDG Academy Courses Launching Soon 

SDSN in the Media

Matteo Deleidi & Mariana MazzucatoPutting Austerity to Bed: Technical progress, aggregate demand, and the supermultiplier, ISI Growth – February 2018

Guido Schmidt-TraubPromoting innovation: Lessons from the Global Fund, OECD Development Matters – February 15, 2018

Pavel Kabat et al.Managing flood risks in the Mekong Delta: How to address emerging challenges under climate change and socioeconomic developments, Ambio – February 24, 2018

Virgilio Viana & Victor Salviati: Bolsa Floresta Programme, Brazil in: Ecosystems, poverty alleviation and conditional transfers, Ina Porras, Nigel Asquith (eds.), IIED – March 2018

Justin Yifu Lin et al.Slowdown in the People’s Republic of China, Asian Development Bank Institute – March 2018

Anthony AnnettRestoring Ethics to Economics, International Monetary Fund – March 2018

Jeffrey SachsWorld Happiness Report 2018 Interview (VIDEO), Deutsche Welle, March 14, 2018

Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo et al.Health, Faith, and Science on a Warming Planet – JAMA – March 15, 2018

Guido Schmidt-TraubHow the Global Fund Drives Innovation, SDSN Working Paper – March 18, 2018

Guido Schmidt-TraubHow to Work Together, UNA-UK – March 19, 2018

Upcoming SDSN Events

SDSN Northern Europe Solutions Initiatives Forum (SIF)
14 May | Stockholm, Sweden

SDSN Leadership Council Meeting
15-16 May | Stockholm, Sweden

Global Solutions Summit
28-29 May | Berlin, Germany

View full list of events

Other News and Events SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies

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Decarbonizing the Northeast – Cost effective road maps to achieve the region’s emissions reduction targets

9. April 2018 - 10:30

New York, April 9th 2018 – In a new study, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and its partners show that present policies in New York State and the New England States are insufficient to achieve the region’s declared greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.  The study then describes a detailed road map for achieving the region’s goal of reducing these climate-altering emissions 80% or more below 1990 levels by 2050 while maintaining high standards of living and economic growth.

A key objective of the study was to investigate the potential for cost savings from increased coordination between the Northeastern U.S. and Québec, including development of Québec’s hydro and/or wind resources as well as increases in transmission capacity to complement massive renewable energy buildout and battery storage in Northeastern states.

Study research lead Evolved Energy Research, using data supplied by project partner Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ, has found:

  • Many fossil fuels energy users, especially transportation, must be electrified with low carbon electricity, nearly doubling generation requirements by mid-century
  • The levels of wind and solar generation required can produce a mismatch between when electricity is needed and when it is produced on a seasonal time scale
  • The Hydro-Québec reservoir system can greatly help in addressing the renewable integration challenge, acting as a regional battery with seasonal storage capacity
  • Increased U.S. Northeast-Québec coordination could bring net cost savings to the region of $4 B per year or more under deep decarbonization scenarios
  • Such heightened coordination would require roughly tripling the interconnection capacity between Québec’s grid and those of the Northeast

“These findings show the enormous benefits to both the US and Canada of linking their power sectors across Eastern Canada and the US Northeast.  By tapping Quebec’s vast hydroelectric potential and its capacity to store vast amounts of energy in water reservoirs, and linking them with the US power grid, Canada would gain a huge new US market and the US Northeast would gain a remarkable and economical boost on its pathway to decarbonization by 2050.  This is a must-read study that will have a huge influence on US and Canadian energy policy,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

White Paper Link: http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/deep-decarbonization-in-the-northeast-united-states-and-expanded-coordination-with-hydro-quebec

Media Relations:

Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 212 870 3920; media@unsdns.org

Hydro-Québec : 514 289 5005; www.hydroquebec.com/

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SDSN TReNDS engages with global experts and data community in Bristol, UK

3. April 2018 - 16:26

In March, the Data for Development Festival, hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and the UK Government and co-organized by over 50 global organizations, including  SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS), brought together more than 300 participants from around the world to exchange new ideas to harness the data revolution for sustainable development. Over three days, participants explored the impact of new data technologies, reflected on new methods to identify and support the most vulnerable, and announced new commitments and collaborations.

SDSN had the opportunity to organize and speak at various thematic sessions including:

  • Measuring Poverty Beyond GDP: this session explored three approaches to data that push beyond income and GDP to assess holistic wellbeing (including the multi-dimensional poverty index and time-use surveys) and have direct policy implications.
  • Count to Deliver: this diverse panel explored the different ways to strengthen the methods by which we count people, including the census and civil registration systems for delivering the SDGs.
  • Earth Observation Applications for the SDGs: panelists presented new methods, data products, tools, and technologies, using earth observation and satellite imagery, in support of global monitoring and implementation of the SDGs, while also addressing interdependencies across SDG targets and indicators.

The festival provided an unprecedented opportunity to interact with a broad range of stakeholders within the data community from government, civil society, academia, private sector and international organizations that all share the same vision: working for better data, to support better decisions and improve lives.

Following the Data Festival, members of SDSN’s expert TReNDS group met over two days to discuss the ongoing work program, research strategy, and communications and engagement. In addition, members presented on critical topics and emerging challenges which may hinder our progress towards the SDGs, including multi-stakeholder data governance, local SDG monitoring and legal and institutional arrangements for data sharing. The importance of this work led members to agree that these areas of research should be of highest priority for the TReNDS group over the next 18 months.

In 2018-19 TReNDS aims to catalyze learning on evolving data governance and inform investment to harness the data revolution for sustainable development.

Specifically, the group aims to:

  • Generate and curate ideas on how to strengthen local, national & global statistical systems and governance to harness the data revolution to achieve the SDGs e.g. through short briefings, blogs, and the Local Data Action SI.
  • Analyze the policies, conditions and investments that enable data sharing success, to generate more frequent, disaggregated data e.g. through the compilation of in-depth case studies, short briefings, and by documenting learning from the Colombia Data Reconciliation SI.
  • Incubate technical coalitions that aim to establish practice standards for new data approaches e.g. support the POPGRID initiative to help establish standards for high resolution population estimation.
  • Support policy-relevant research for advocacy, in partnership with the GPSDD.

For more information please contact Jessica.espey@unsdsn.org

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