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SDSN Authors Chapter in New OECD Report

11. Dezember 2018 - 10:00

Today the OECD launched the Development Co-operation Report 2018: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind. The SDSN secretariat contributed to this report and drafted the full chapter 4 on “Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals for all: Policy priorities for leaving no one behind.” Drawing on successful examples, this chapter explores how to meet three challenges to SDG achievement: investment, policy and data. Sections discuss financing for leaving no one behind, how to coordinate planning and budgetary processes to make more efficient use of resources, how to encourage long-term, cross-sectoral planning and build the necessary data systems to enable targeted, and effective interventions. The chapter then uses a good practice example from the MDG period (2000-15) focused on the health sector, where access to treatments for malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis improved significantly, including for the most vulnerable population groups in low-income countries, to illustrate how investment, policy and data challenges can be met in the context of the SDGs. In particular, it discusses the role that development cooperation can play in generating and scaling up innovations to improve health, education, and other societal outcomes.

Read the full chapter here.

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2018 Global Nutrition Report Released

7. Dezember 2018 - 15:31

The 2018 Global Nutrition Report was launched on November 29. Among its authors are 3 SDSN affiliates: Jessica Fanzo, a member of the Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Zulfiqar Bhutta, a member of the Thematic Network on Health for All, and Cynthia Rosenzweig, a member of the Leadership Council. Now in it’s fifth year, the report serves as a mechanism for tracking stakeholder commitments on nutrition and includes actions by governments, donors, civil society organizations, academia, the UN system, and business.

Key highlights of the report include:

The burden of malnutrition across the world remains unacceptably high. Malnutrition is responsible for more ill health than any other cause, and affects every single country. 150.8 million children under age 5 are stunted, 50.5 million are wasted, and 38.3 million are overweight. 20 million babies are born of low birth weight each year. Overweight and obesity among adults are at record levels with 38.9% of adults overweight or obese, stretching from Africa to North America, and increasing among adolescents. Women experience higher rates of obesity and anemia than men, with anaemia affecting one third of all women of reproductive age; at the same time, millions of women are underweight.

Significant steps are being made to address malnutrition. Globally, stunting among children has declined and there has been a slight decrease in underweight women. The global community and national stakeholders have never been better placed to deliver results, as the political will to act in many countries is high, and many successful policies have been rigorously tested and scientifically proven. Advances in data enable greater understanding of the nature of malnutrition in all its forms and its causes, and can better support action and track progress.

We need to act urgently to achieve SDG 2 and end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report provides a data update on the key steps needed to do so. They include breaking down silos and developing comprehensive programs, investing in data and building capacity to use it, scaling up and diversifying funding for nutrition, focusing on healthy diets to drive better nutrition everywhere, and improving the targets and committments that are driving actors.

The full report along with excellent case studies of successful interventions and data visualizations are available at

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SDSN USA Launch: Moving America Forward

4. Dezember 2018 - 17:44

The SDSN USA Network

On December 4, 2018 US chapter of the SDSN was launched, at Columbia University in New York. The chapter is co-directed by academic centers at Columbia University, Yale University, and the University of California San Diego. The SDSN USA joins 29 existing SDSN networks that are creating new online courses, educating their students and the general public, working with governments, engaging and empowering young people, and offering innovative solutions for the SDGs.

The SDSN USA will help to mobilize and support America’s colleges, universities, and other leading research institutions to promote the SDGs in the United States, and US’s contribution to the SDGs globally. In the opening meeting of the SDSN USA on December 4, representatives of more than 60 leading academic institutions around the nation developed a work plan for the new network, focusing on priority SDG challenges facing the United States.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Networks Program

Universities are critical to the success of the Sustainable Developments Goals, through their teaching programs, research activities, and powerful ability to convene leaders of government, civil society, academia and business to collaborate on SDG solutions. Since 2012, SDSN has mobilized global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development under the auspices of the UN Secretary General. We are committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.

SDSN’s academic community translates sustainable development expertise into action. To this end, we are building a global network of universities, research centers, and other knowledge institutions focusing on:

  • Providing and mobilizing support for the SDGs;
  • Promoting practical solutions and long-term pathways for sustainable development;
  • Promoting high-quality education and research collaborations for sustainable development;
  • Supporting governments in understanding and addressing the challenges of sustainable development.

Spanning six continents, the SDSN Networks Program draws upon the knowledge and educational capacity of over 800 member institutions.

Resources Presentations

SDSN Networks around the world and the roles of SDSN USA

Taking stock of the SDGs in the U.S. cities and states

Towards a Sustainable Energy System in the U.S.

Smart Cities and ICT Technologies

US Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing

Teaching Sustainable Development

SDSN and the Political Process

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, US Representative-Elect (NY) (Video coming soon)

SDSN Networks in Action 2018

The 2018 Networks in Action report features the wide array of innovative solutions and initiatives being led by the SDSN’s national, regional, and thematic networks. It includes a new introductory piece by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on mission-oriented research for the SDGs and also details how SDSN works with our networks.

Sustainable Development Report of the United States

Led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, SDG USA recently published the first edition of The Sustainable Development Report of the United States, an index which ranks the 50 states on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Building off of the work done by SDSN’s Cities and Global Indices, the report highlights significant differences in outcome between states and the progress that must be made to achieve the SDGs in the US while leaving no one (and no state) behind.

Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index

This 2nd annual report from the SDSN analyzes 44 indicators for each city to provide a comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges related to environmental, social, and economic objectives.  It is intended as a planning tool for cities, highlighting areas of strength and weakness and where opportunities exist to learn from other cities. It ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Global 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report

The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. It is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In order to achieve the ambitious goals, immediate and comprehensive action is needed.

America’s Goals Report

America’s Goals answer a call for improved social mobility, equitable access to opportunity, and sustainable environmental conditions. They set hard targets on education, health, and infrastructure, including water, transportation, broadband access, and more. Designed to inspire real change, America’s goals will be a much-needed mobilizing blueprint for the country.

To get in contact with the SDSN USA team, please write to Caroline Fox.

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Outcomes from the Renewable Energy and SDGs Event

3. Dezember 2018 - 19:47

On September 24, 2018, the Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive & Land Resources convened a meeting on Renewable Energy and the SDGs: Exploring Links with Extractives, Agriculture, and Land Use. The event was co-hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), GIZ, and the World Bank. Participants discussed questions around how extractive industries and agricultural projects are affected by, and can contribute to, the deployment of renewable energy in line with the SDGs, as well as how those deploying renewable energy technologies can be sensitive to their impacts on sustainable development and human rights. This conversation drew on the experiences of companies, civil society and communities, donor and multilateral organizations, and others to assess how the private sector can promote accessible, low-carbon energy use while at the same time reducing poverty and respecting human rights.

An outcome report of the meeting is now available. It highlights some key challenges the renewables sector needs to address to foster SDG achievement, including addressing supply chain sustainability and how to ensure equitable benefit sharing from installations; as well as recognizing areas where future collaboration is needed, such as improving legal and regulatory frameworks and building the capacity of companies to monitor and report on their social, environmental, and economic impacts. Click here to view the full report.

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SDSN Newsletter — November 2018

1. Dezember 2018 - 19:21
Welcome to SDSN’s November 2018 Newsletter!

Launch of SDSN France Network 
The SDSN France network launched on 13 November in Paris with over 150 professors and researchers, institutional actors, and members of civil society in attendance. The network aims to identify solutions to facilitate economic, energy, and social transitions in France, using the SDG framework.

SDG Center of Excellence for the Arab Region Launched 
On 18 November, The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), in collaboration with SDSN, launched the SDG Center for the Arab Region (SDGCAR). The EDA aims to build the SDGCAR as a center of training and research with a specific focus on regional challenges and solutions to achieve the SDGs.

Italian Cities SDG Index Published 
SDSN Italia hosted a conference entitled “For a Sustainable Italy: Local Leadership as a Driver for Sustainability” where the first Italian Cities SDG Index was launched. The event and index stressed the importance of local actors in achieving the SDGs.

New Case Studies Released by SDSN TReNDS 
SDSN TReNDS and the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data released three new case studies detailing the return on investment for data interventions. The new reports feature the New Zealand census, the Living Standards Measurement Survey, and sensor-based data collection through the Smart Handpump project.

SDSN Youth Hosts Vatican Youth Symposium 
The 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, which was jointly convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and SDSN Youth, brought together youth entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators for training in global development. The theme was “Youth Leadership for Integral Human Development: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

SDSN in the Media

Lan Xue et al.: How do low-carbon policies promote green diffusion among alliance-based firms in China? An evolutionary-game model of complex networks, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China – November 8, 2018

Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: Measuring early learning and development across cultures: Invariance of the IDELA across five countries., Developmental Psychology – November 8, 2018

Jeffrey Sachs: Financing International Cooperation, Project Syndicate – November 27, 2018

Upcoming SDSN Events

Launch of SDSN USA
Organized by SDSN USA & SDSN
4 December | New York, USA

Organized by UNFCCC
3-14 December | Katowice, Poland

Low-Emission Solutions Conference at COP24
Organized by SDSN, ICLEI, WBCSD with support from Enel
10-11 December | Katowice, Poland

View full list of events

Other News and Events
  • SDSN co-hosted a conference on “The SDGs and the Future of Europe” on 15 October followed by a public dialogue event hosted by SDSN Germany to discuss SDG implementation in Europe.
  • SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs launched the Australian component of the Food and Land-Use Coalition (FOLU), including the FABLE Consortium, at SDSN Aus/NZ/Pac host institution, Monash University.
  • SDSN launched an SDG Costing Group, co-chaired by the IMF, the OECD DAC, and SDSN, to clarify the funding needs, gaps, and financing strategies necessary to achieve the SDGs. For more information, please contact Taylor Smith.
  • SDSN member Gaia Education’s Ecological Design online course starts on 14 January and will look at sustainability from a design perspective.
  • The SDSN’s policy brief series on achieving SDG 3 is now available in Spanish: Logrando el ODS 3: Informe Sobre Análisis de Políticas 2018.
  • SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs visited Melbourne, Australia where he delivered a public lecture hosted by Monash University and SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, among other activities.
  • Community Systems Foundation’s OpenCities Institute – a grantee of the SDSN TReNDS Local Data Action Solutions Initiative – is part of a new, 3-month traveling exhibition to promote action on the SDGs.
  • SDSN’s Jessica Espey and Leadership Council Member Aromar Revi contributed to the Urban 20 meeting with a white paper on Translating Global Vision into Local Reality.
SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies

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SDSN Italia Launches SDG Cities Index for Italy

29. November 2018 - 16:51

November 29th, 2018 – Milan, Italy. SDSN Italia hosted a conference entitled “For a Sustainable Italy: Local Leadership as a Driver for Sustainability” at SDSN Italia’s host institution Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). The event aimed to provide local administrators the opportunity to learn from the valuable experience of stakeholders in Italy who have been influential in steering sustainable development policies in various institutional and political frameworks. The conference was also the occasion to present SDSN Italia and FEEM’s report “Per un’Italia sostenibile: l’SDSN Italia SDGs Cities Index.” You can access the full agenda of the event here.

The event began with a welcome address from Paolo Carnevale, Director of FEEM; Massimo Gaudina, representative of the European Commission; and Laura Cavalli, Manager of SDSN Italia who together stressed the value and importance of local actors in achieving the SDGs.

The welcome was followed by a virtual appearance from Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the SDSN, who spoke on the challenges and opportunities that arise from the universal adoption of the SDGs in 2015. He highlighted the potential of using the SDGs as a report card to measure development progress, as a framework to mobilize national actors, and as a management tool to help steer local and national decision making. He added that local authorities can be instrumental in achieving the SDGs in view of their proximity to the local issues and commended SDSN Italia for championing an SDG Cities Index report for Italy to empower these important local actors.

Marco Carnaccini, European Commission – DG Budget, then followed with a presentation entitled “Implementing the SDGs through the Next Multi-Annual Financial Framework.” He spoke to the importance of a well-calibrated budget to achieve the political goals of the SDGs and provided updates on the Commission’s “Action Plan” for financing sustainable growth. The action plan will be integrated into the Commission’s upcoming report “Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030” that will be presented at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019. Thereafter, Marco Zappalorto, Nesta Italia, discussed innovative approaches initiated by Nesta Italia to achieve sustainable development in Italian territories. He highlighted the role of culture and the power of marrying technology with education to stimulate new ideas that encourage healthy, sustainable communities.

Laura Cavalli, Manager of SDSN Italia, presenting the results of the SDG Cities Index for Italy.

After a short break, Laura Cavalli presented SDSN Italia’s SDG Cities Index highlighting that according to United Nations estimates, in 20 years, the percentage of the world population that will live in urban centers will be 80% of the total population; and that currently, roughly about 75% of Italy’s population lives in urban areas. She continued by sharing her hopes that the Italian Cities Index will serve as an analytical planning tool for cities to encourage reflection on policies that can address population growth while at the same time helping bear in mind the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report highlights the degree of SDG implementation in Italian municipalities and features select indicators specific to the Italian context which can be used to monitor and measure SDG progress at the sub-national over time. The ultimate aim of the report is to help guide policy-making decisions at the municipality level to enable further alignment with Agenda 2030. It examines 101 provincial capitals on 16 of the 17 SDGs, using 39 elementary statistical indicators. SDSN Italia’s SDGs City Index shows that – by setting 100% the full achievement of the international targets of the SDGs – on average, Italian cities have reached 53%. The report highlights that of the 101 cities analyzed, none has reached more than 80% of overall achievement of the SDGs.

The presentation of the Index was followed by a round-table discussion speaking on the importance of local leadership on the SDGs as a motor for the implementation of practices and cohesion of policies that foster sustainable development. The discussion was moderated by Laura Cavalli, and saw participation from; Walter Vitali, Executive Director of Urban@it and former mayor of Bologna; Arianna Censi, Vice Mayor, Metropolitan City of Milan; Mario Conte, Mayor of Treviso; Marco Marocco, Vice Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Torino; and Gianni Bottalico, L’Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS).

The event closed with an open debate amongst participants and attendees.

View the full report here – SDG Cities Index for Italy (Italian)





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SDG Center of Excellence for the Arab Region Launched

20. November 2018 - 11:16

On November 18th, 2018, The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, launched the Sustainable Development Goals Center for the Arab Region (SDGCAR) at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The SDGCAR will link to the SDSN’s global network of regional centers of excellence located in Southeast Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Sub-Saharan Africa (Kigali, Rwanda); Latin America and the Caribbean (Bogotá, Colombia), and China (Beijing, China).

The occasion drew the participation of His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and Vice Chair of the UAE National Committee on SDGs; His Excellency Bernardino León, EDA Director General; and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN Director. They were joined by His Excellency Dr. Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; His Excellency Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum; and Her Excellency Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency and EDA Deputy Director-General, for a panel discussion entitled ‘Implementing the SDGs in the Arab Region and the Role of Diplomacy’.

Panelists from left to right: His Excellency Bernardino León, EDA Director General; His Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; Her Excellency Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency and EDA Deputy Director General, His Excellency Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum; and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN.

The EDA aims to build the SDGCAR as a Center of training and research with a specific focus on regional challenges and solutions to achieve the SDGs. Among its first initiatives, the SDGCAR will support SDSN by being part of its extraordinary network of massive open online courses (MOOCs) through the SDG Academy. In addition, the Center will engage in various activities related to sustainable development diplomacy and work with SDSN’s National and Regional Networks, SDSN members, as well as a variety of stakeholders in the Arab region that include universities and other knowledge partners, governments, civil society, businesses, and key UAE stakeholders.

At the event, His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Lootah opened by conveying a message from Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Chairwoman of the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, who said that “the Sustainable Development Goals represent important components of Vision 2021. Being host to the SDGCAR will add credence to the good work EDA already has conducted in the region and present EDA as the de facto choice when searching for research, training, and knowledge on SDGs. It will also make valuable contributions towards the UAE’s achievements of the SDGs.” Prof. Jeffrey Sachs continued by emphasizing the role of diplomacy in achieving the SDGs.

“I can think of no better home to a Sustainable Development Goals Center of Excellence for this region than the UAE due to its exemplary leadership. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has already proven to be a powerful agent using all the tools at its disposal to educate and structure the talk around SDGs in a way that makes them accessible and understandable. We must continue to control the message in this manner to help the world understand that we must commit to the SDGs with the same verve and belief as the UAE.” Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.

His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, followed by saying “the EDA is honored to be the host of this prestigious regional platform. We will work hard, from day one, to make this Center the go-to hub for training and research on region-specific challenges and solutions for achieving the SDGs”.

The esteemed panel discussed the role of diplomacy in achieving sustainable development and gave advice to future diplomats on their role in realizing the Agenda 2030 in the region.

The launch event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment; The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, UK Minister of State for the Middle East; His Excellency Mohamed Issa Hamad Abushahab, Ambassador of UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium; Baroness Catherine Ashton, former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union; His Excellency Paulo Portas, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic; Her Excellency Susana Malcorra, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic; Her Excellency María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia; His Excellency Ibrahim Al Abed, Advisor to Chairman of the National Media Council, among others.

#EDA thanks our participants for celebrating this milestone with us. Hosting #SDGCAR at EDA is an affirmation that there is need for a stronger link btw. sustainable development & diplomacy. It is our vision the Centre will provide effective solutions & inspire meaningful change.

— Emirates Diplomatic Academy (@UAE_EDA) November 19, 2018

About the Emirates Diploatic Academy

Established in Abu Dhabi in 2014, EDA is the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution. As a prestigious platform that combines the best of academia, research and practice, the Academy equips the country’s current and future diplomats with the knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills to effectively serve their nation. As part of its core mandate, EDA integrates sustainable development and SDGs into multiple areas of its work and activities, including its regionally pioneering work in diplomatic training on UN climate change negotiations. The Academy also runs a research programme on ‘Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development’ that conducts and publishes research, and organizes workshops and roundtables dedicated to SDG-relevant issues.

Media Wrap-up

SDG Centre of Excellence for Arab Region Launched 

Emirates News Agency – November 18, 2018

SDG Centre of Excellence for Arab Region Launched

Thompson Reuters, Zawya – November 18, 2018

Emirates Diplomatic Academy Launches SDG Centre of Excellence for the Arab Region

MENA Herald – November 18, 2018

SDG Centre of Excellence for Arab Region Launched

Trade Arabia – November 19, 2018

SDG Centre of Excellence for Arab Region Launched

Urdu Point – November 19, 2018

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Trio of leading French universities launch SDSN France

16. November 2018 - 10:56

Led jointly by Kedge Business School, the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), and Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), the SDSN France network launched on November 13 in Paris. PSL University’s new vice-president of social and environmental responsibility, Anne Devulder said that, “becoming one of the SDSN’s network heads is a great pride for PSL (…) Now our objective is to make the network live, to provoke exchanges, and to produce new ideas on the SDGs for France.”

The network’s mission is to encourage the emergence of  solutions in order to facilitate economic, energy and social transitions in France, using the SDG framework. SDSN France has set the following five objectives:

  1. Develop basic research and education around the SDGs;
  2. Highlight these educational and research initiatives with public authorities, international organizations, companies and NGOs;
  3. Foster cooperation between different stakeholders;
  4. Engage sponsors in financing projects from French universities;
  5. Disseminate and improve public knowledge and awareness of sustainable development issues .

The SDSN France network was officially launched at PSL University during a half-day conference. Over 150 professors and researchers, institutional actors, and members of civil society (French Development Agency, Comité 21, French Network of Students for Sustainable Development, CGE, CPU, Novethic, Global Compact France, etc.) gathered around five parallel thematic workshops on the energy transition, education for sustainable development, sustainable finance, sustainable cities, and sustainable value chains and corporate social responsibility. In the evening, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of SDSN, gave a keynote entitled “Accelerating Change to Achieve the SDGs in France.”


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SDSN Newsletter — October 2018

5. November 2018 - 17:22
Welcome to SDSN’s October 2018 Newsletter!

Launch of SDSN Black Sea 
On 25 October, SDSN launched its newest regional network, the SDSN Black Sea. Hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, this new regional chapter will function as a hub for sustainable development for the wider area of the Black Sea.

SDSN’s Thematic Network on Data at the UN World Data Forum 
SDSN TReNDS staff, experts, and guests gathered in Dubai for the 2018 UN World Data Forum and TReNDS’ own biannual meeting. SDSN and the UAE’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority signed an MOU, serving as a foundation of mutual collaboration on the use of data for the SDGs. TReNDS Director, Jessica Espey, hosted a panel conversation on approaches new and old to population monitoring. Read a full recap of the team’s activities here.

SDSN Southeast Asia Hosts Tri Hita Karana Forum for Sustainable Development 
The SDSN Southeast Asia Network (SDSN SEA)co-hosted a conference dedicated to the topic of blended finance 9-11 October. Prior to the conference, SDSN SEA led a day of celebration on the island of Kura Kura Bali. The highlight of the week included an endorsement from the President of Indonesian who signed an MOU to work with SDSN and United in Diversity on the SDGs.

SDG Academy Partners with XuetangX 
The SDG Academy is thrilled to announce its partnership with XuetangX, China’s premier MOOC platform, founded by Tsinghua University. The partnership opens many opportunities for the SDG Academy to share globally-sourced knowledge across China.

SDSN Signs MOU on Ecological Civilization Rating 
This October, the SDG Institute at Tsinghua University, SDSN, and Eco Forum Global met in Beijing to outline shared work on developing an Ecological Civilization rating for Belt and Road Initiative countries.

SDSN in the Media

John ThwaitesAustralia ranked worst in world on climate action, Planning News of Planning Institute of Australia via Informit – October 2018

Guido Schmidt-Traub and Michael ObersteinerFixing Our Broken Food System – A crucial SDG challenge, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development – October 2018

Simone RenschJust 17: the world’s progress on ending poverty and pollution, Public Finance International – October 8, 2018

Aromar Revi et al.Strengthening and implementing the global response, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) – October 9, 2018

Johan Rockström et al.Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits, Nature: International Journal of Science – October 10, 2018

Upmanu Lall et al.Sustainable Development of Water Resources: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Water Stress in South Korea, MDPI – October 20, 2018

Jessica Espey and Jenna SlotinThe Missing Piece for Data: Financing the Revolution, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data – October 20, 2018

Upcoming SDSN Events Symposium on Innovation for Sustainable Development
Organized by SDSN,, & Future Earth
7 November | Brussels, Belgium

Launch of SDSN France
Organized by SDSN, Kedge Business School, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, & Université PSL
13 November | Paris, France

Low-Emission Solutions Conference at COP24
Organized by SDSN, ICLEI, WBCSD with support from Enel
TBC | Katowice, Poland

View full list of events

Other News and Events SDSN is Hiring

View full list of vacancies

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Presenting a New Regional Network: SDSN Black Sea

31. Oktober 2018 - 19:00

On Thursday October 25, 2018, SDSN was glad to present a first look at its latest regional network, the SDSN Black Sea. Hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and chaired by Prof. Nicolaos Theodossiou, Professor of Water Resources Management at the Department of Civil Engineering, this new regional chapter will function as a hub for sustainable development for the wider area of the Black Sea.

In his keynote speech, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, SDSN, highlighted the need for regional cooperation on the SDGs. “SDSN global members do not look for division, but for joining and cooperating for the global good”, Sachs emphasized the clear value proposition of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and its members.

Besides protecting and preserving its vulnerable ecosystem, the SDSN Black Sea network is set out to work on some of the other pressing challenges for the region: economic transformation, youth unemployment, innovation and sustainable tourism.

The panel of the event. Prof. J. Sachs, Director of SDSN, Prof. N. Theodossiou, Chair of SDSN Black Sea, Prof. G. Zarotiadis, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Prof. P. Mitkas, Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Prof. P. Koundouri, Co-Chair of SDSN Greece.

Prof. Theodossiou, appointed Chair of the Network, pointed out the imminent need to mobilize the broad base of excellent universities in the region, tapping into their enormous potential that can be activated in the name of a collaborative effort for the SDGs. In a second step, already existing research, innovation and technology in the region will be mapped, aligning them with the SDGs and developing a set of regional priorities. While expressing his optimism for the academic community of the Black Sea region to respond to the call of the newly established network, Prof. Theodossiou pointed out that more can be done when it comes to research results and their implementation in the market, especially within the private sector.

Co-chair of SDSN Greece, Prof. Phoebe Koundouri

Co-chair of SDSN Greece and Professor at the Athens University of Economics, Phoebe Koundouri stressed that solving the problems of sustainable development is not just a challenge, but a need that has to be responded to at both the national and the international level. She highlighted the role of education for the understanding of regional challenges and noted that it can help shift from knowledge to action on all levels of society.

For the network being hosted out of Thessaloniki, Grigoris Zarotiadis, Head of the Department of Economics and Political Sciences at the AUoT, highlighted the role of Greece more widely in the Black Sea region and added that the project will give birth to many research, social, political and economic partnerships, always in the light of and in the direction of serving the SDGs.

Rectors of universities of the Black Sea and the officials of SDSN.

“The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is proud because a node of the global network for solutions to the problems of sustainable development in the areas of the Black Sea is starting today,” said AUTh rector, Pericles Mitkas, adding that this network would open up an important local opportunity to engage in the global effort for the SDGs.

The whole video of the event can be accessed here.

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SDSN discusses “The SDGs and the Future of Europe”

31. Oktober 2018 - 11:45

The conference „The SDGs and the Future of Europe”, organized by the European Network for Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) took place in Bonn, Germany on 15 October 2018. More than 130 participants from over 20 European countries attended the conference and public dialogue in the evening following the event, hosted by SDSN Germany and Deutsche Welle.

The conference was moderated by Patrick Leusch, Head of European Affairs, Deutsche Welle. Guido Schmidt-Traub (Executive Director, SDSN) and Johanna Lutz (Coordinator, ENoP) welcomed the participants, pointing out the lack of leadership in Europe regarding SDG implementation and highlighting 2019 as a critical period for Europe in view of the upcoming European Parliament elections. In this context they emphasized the potential of the recently initiated cooperation between ENoP and SDSN in pushing forward SDG implementation in Europe.

The first session “The EU at the crossroads: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in challenging times – defending sustainability against populism” started with a keynote by Johan Rockström (Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and member of the SDSN Leadership Council). He criticized the current political “cherry picking” regarding the 17 SDGs, preventing a full and coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Mr. Rockström called for Germany and Europe to start playing a more active role in SDG implementation.

In the panel discussion that followed, Gesine Schwan (President, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform), Matern von Marschall (Member of the German Bundestag) and Timotej Šooš (National Coordinator for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Republic of Slovenia) entered into more detail regarding Europe’s leadership on the SDGs. Although the responsibility for SDG implementation is a responsibility of national governments in Europe, until now, many have been hesitant to take bold action for fear of losing voters for pushing forward global instead of local issues. The discussants also pointed to the lack of awareness of the electorate as well as of politicians regarding the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Existing top-down structures in the SDG implementation should be balanced with increased bottom-up structures, as for example partnerships between cities and across continents to enforce SDG implementation.

The second half of the day themed “Making the SDGs Europe’s Business”, consisted of a number of breakout groups discussing; 1) budgeting for the SDGs and the role of the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2) political parties and the elections of the European Parliament in 2019 3) the need for dialogue with civil societies and business actors 4) EU presidencies and the diversity of member states and 5) the potential of a European leadership in SDG implementation with a focus on European international relations.

The conference was followed by a public evening event with a keynote by Gesine Schwan who pointed out the lack of solidarity in Europe, the critical role of community empowerment and the controversial debate regarding SDG implementation in Europe. Timotej Šooš, Barbara Caracciolo (Solidar, SDG Watch Europe), Dirk Messner (UNU EHS and Co-Chair, SDSN Germany) and Jan Pettersson (Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development and Co-Chair, SDSN Northern Europe) joined the panel discussion. The speakers touched on several aspects of European politics including the threat of rising populism in Europe which threatens the steady progress needed to implement Agenda 2030. According to them, too often, the SDGs have been perceived as an elite project, preventing their effective implementation by all parties of society. To combat populism and to increase the engagement of the local population, the SDGs need to be positioned as a people-led and supported agenda that stands for attractive futures and offer solutions for current challenges in our societies. The discussants pointed out that engagement on the local level is essential for this crucial step.

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SDSN engages in 2nd International Congress on Human Rights in Valencia

30. Oktober 2018 - 18:52

The Sustainable Development Goals are the result of the most important consultation and consensus among the member states of the United Nations to date and constitute an ambitious plan of action to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions before 2030. The 2030 Agenda is established based on universal human rights, therefore, for the effective achievement of the Agenda, all countries must apply and implement the treaties and commitments acquired on human rights.

On October 25 and 26, SDSN engaged in the 2nd International Congress on Human Rights, organized by the Fundación Mainel and supported by the Generalitat Valenciana and the Universitat de València, which explored the synergies between these two vital global agendas.

The meeting coincided with the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This document had a historical significance in exposing universal values for all peoples and nations, in addition to recognize that all people have the same dignity and the same value.

H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Chair of SDSN Spain, on the role of civil society in the promotion of human rights in the context of sustainable development.

In his opening speech, Chair of SDSN Spain H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos called for the need for civic action towards the SDGS in the context of human rights. Referring to Albert Camus, who noted that while his generation would not “make the world a better place, but would not allow it to fall apart neither”, H.E. Moratinos highlighted the urgency of joint action in the face of potentially irrevocable damage. Still, given the location of the conference, he came to highlight the exceptional efforts undertaken across the board of stakeholders in Valencia. The autonomous community had been one of the first to translate the SDGs to the local level through educational, political, and civic engagement.

Throughout the congressional meetings, both national and international speakers highlighted the diverse aspects of the complex relationship of the SDGs and the Human Rights Agenda: Paul Dembinski shed light on why a just international financing system plays a major part in securing equal opportunities around the world, while María do Céu Patrão Neves and Stefano Semplici explored the connection between health, human rights, and sustainable development. Teresa Fajardo commented on this relation from the angle of climate justice, followed by Ignasi Grau and Vicente Bellver who discussed the role of educating in human rights as a key to achieving progress.

Dorothea Strüber, Manager at SDSN, highlighted the role that universities can play to lead this global movement through the four main areas of academic influence, as highlighted in the “Getting started with the SDGs in Universities” Guide published by SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific: Research, education, operations and governance, as well as external leadership.

Speakers of the Second Edition of the International Congress on Human Rights.


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Launch of the 2018 SDG Spanish Cities Index

30. Oktober 2018 - 17:39

On October 16th the Spanish SDSN Network, REDS, launched the SDG Spanish Cities Index report showing the progress of 100 Spanish cities towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event included an intervention by the Spanish Minister of Environment and a round table with the mayors of four Spanish cities who are leading the SDG implementation at the urban level.

The report, which is available online, provides a snapshot of the current sustainability level of the Spanish cities and will support local administrations in their achievement of the 2030 Agenda. It is intended to serve not only as a monitoring tool for the implementation of the sustainable development agenda, but also as a discussion starter among municipal agents through the identification of successful case studies of cities with similar challenges.

The study includes all the cities with more than 80,000 inhabitants and the 12 main metropolitan areas covering over 50% of the total population in Spain. For this purpose, 85 indicators were identified considering the national context and data availability of the statistical sources and following the SDSN methodology applied to previous SDG Index reports. The presented dashboards use a traffic-light chart to assess where each of the cities and metropolitan areas stand in each of the 17 SDGs.

No Spanish city has achieved the 17 SDGs

The results of the study show that none of the 100 cities or 12 metropolitan areas have yet achieved the objectives set for 2030 and that the best performing areas have achieved only 6 SDGs so far. However, all of the analyzed cities have performances above failure for at least 11 SGDs and 36 cities have no SDG in red.

Results of the Spanish cities for SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

The goals with the most cities in green are SDG 3, “Good Health and Well-being” and SDG 16, “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” reflecting the healthy dietary habits and the outstanding function of the Spanish public health care system as well as the accessible and safe characteristics of the cities. The results also show very positive results for SDGs 6 and 7 (“Clean Water and Sanitation” and “Affordable and Clean Energy”).

On the other hand, the biggest challenges are faced in SDG 8 and SDG 13 (“Decent Work and Economic Growth” and “Climate Action”, respectively) which evidence the high unemployment rates of the country as well as the high GHG emissions and flood vulnerability of many coastal cities.

About the study

The SDG Spanish Cities Index was inspired by the Global SDG Index and Dashboards and the U.S Cities Index, which SDSN co-produces annually to assess SDG performance at both national and international levels. The creation of this Index is intended to better understand Spain’s specific challenges and variations across the country. The study was authored by Javier García López and Raffele Sisto, experts on Urban Indicators and lead by Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, expert on Urban Planning and a Rector’s Delegate for Gender Equality. Moreover, the authors were technically assessed by SDSN experts on the SDG Index methodology.

REDS is the national network of SDSN and it supports the implementation of the SDGs at national, regional, and municipal levels in Spain. For this study, REDS collaborated with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Iberdrola, Mediapost, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

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SDSN signs MOU with Tsinghua University and Eco Forum Global on Ecological Civilization Rating

30. Oktober 2018 - 10:44

This past October, the SDG Institute at Tsinghua University, SDSN, and Eco Forum Global met in Beijing to outline shared work on developing an Ecological Civilization rating for Belt and Road Initiative countries.

The signed MOU represents an exciting opportunity to draw upon SDSN’s experience with the SDG Index and Dashboards, and Tsinghua University’s and Eco Forum Global’s expertise on Ecological Civilization and sustainable development policy in China.

The collaboration has the objective of creating an Ecological Civilization rating that helps guide and inform BRI investment decisions based on the principles of Ecological Civilization. It will also seek to educate actors outside of China on Ecological Civilization, which is a centerpiece of President Xi Jianping’s policy and has been enshrined in the Chinese constitution. Even though there is no single definition of Ecological Civilization, it is generally understood as an overarching philosophy that takes a holistic approach to ensuring the wellbeing of people and the natural environment. This is where SDSN’s network will come in: to help educate and share the concept of Ecological Civilization with the broader sustainable development community.

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Health For All TN Celebrates Alma Ata 40 with Policy Brief Series

29. Oktober 2018 - 16:21

On the 25th and 26th of October, 2018, the global health community came together in Astana, Kazakhstan, at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care to renew a commitment to primary health care (PHC) to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This date marks the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, a major milestone in the field of public health. To mark the occasion, the SDSN’s Thematic Network on Health for All has released Achieving SDG 3: Policy Brief Series.

Much has been achieved in the past four decades; infant and maternal mortalities have fallen significantly, and progress has been made in the fight against HIV and other epidemics. However, progress has been uneven both across and within countries, and a significant gap remains between the declaration’s aspirational vision and the current reality.

The 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 SDGs bring the spirit of Alma Ata back to life. High-quality PHC is critical to achieving universal health coverage (UHC), which, according to WHO, is the main landmark of SDG 3 and other health-related goals. With at least half of the world’s population not having full coverage of essential health services, and about 100 million people still being pushed into “extreme poverty” because they have to pay for health care, UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need; from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care; without suffering financial hardship.

With this series of policy briefs, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s “Health for All” thematic group would like to add to the analysis of achievements and gaps still present on the road towards UHC and a comprehensive PHC implementation. PHC, as conceived by the Alma Ata Conference, refers to the principles of equity, community participation, and intersectoral action. In this regard, three of these policy briefs point to key topics such as public financing mechanisms, a workforce of professionalized community health workers, and the promise of new technology to increase access to and quality of care. These are all important tools to make primary care high-quality, accessible, continued, comprehensive, and coordinated. The other two briefs analyze the role of a “Health in All Policies” approach as a way to implement a multi-stakeholder, coherent, and intersectoral approach; and a case study of cities as an example of how to include health in a different sector’s policies, such as urban planning.

We hope this compilation of evidence and policy proposals will contribute to the comprehensive fulfilment of Agenda 2030 and its aspiration of a world that truly ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages.

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SDG Academy Partners with China’s Largest MOOC Provider XuetangX, a platform of Tshingua University

26. Oktober 2018 - 17:39

The SDG Academy, the flagship education initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is thrilled to announce its partnership with XuetangX, China’s premier MOOC platform, founded by Tsinghua University. The partnership opens many opportunities for the field of sustainable development, by enabling the SDG Academy to share globally-sourced knowledge and disseminate cutting-edge content across China. Beginning in early 2019, the SDG Academy will offer its rich library of courses on XuetangX, providing millions of learners with access to world-class resources on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 SDGs, a set of targets adopted by member states of the United Nations in 2015, provide a holistic agenda for global development. The SDG Academy supports the next generation of sustainable development practitioners in achieving the SDGs by engaging global audiences and sharing high-quality educational material as a public good. XuetangX aligns with this effort and expands the SDG Academy’s reach to a vast audience in a region that is at the forefront of sustainable development practice.

“China is a critically important audience for us,” says Chandrika Bahadur, President of the SDSN Association and Director of the SDG Academy. “The world can’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without China and we’re elated to join XuetangX and Tsinghua University in their commitment to the SDGs.”

SDG Academy courses, which are free and openly accessible, have reached nearly 180,000 learners from more than 190 countries. The Academy continues to build its library of content, with courses linked to all 17 SDGs.

Tsinghua University, a premier institution of higher learning in China, has committed to supporting the UN’s development agenda in a multitude of ways. The establishment of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG) in early 2018 displays their effort to advance this important work. The XuetangX platform deepens the commitment of the university by spreading vitally important knowledge on the SDGs to its massive network of over 9 million learners.

SDG Academy courses will launch on XuetangX in early 2019.

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Outcomes from the Fall Armyworm E-Conference

26. Oktober 2018 - 16:40

The SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems hosted a virtual, e-conference on fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa from October 22 to 26, 2018. Fall armyworm is an agricultural pest native to the Americas but introduced to Africa in 2015 or 2016. In the 3-4 years since its introduction, it has spread across the entire continent and is responsible for maize yield losses ranging from 20-50%. This is especially challenging for smallholder farmers, where yield declines result in lost income and hunger, and who often lack the knowledge or financial resources to recognize and respond to new pest species.

A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective responses such as integrated pest management (IPM), push-pull, and early warning systems. View the agenda. View the video playlist.

Monday, October 22 – FAW Identification and Infestation

On the first day of the conference participants heard from two presenters; Peter Chinwada from IITA described FAW identification and recognition of field infestation in maize agroecosystems, while Frederic Baudron of CIMMYT shared research on factors that contribute to the level of FAW infestation in African smallholder maize fields and quantifying impact on yield. Watch the video.

Tuesday, October 23 – FAW Monitoring and Initial Responses

On the second day of the conference Keith Cressman from FAO presented on FAW monitoring and early warning system (FAMEWS), Paul Jepson of Oregon State University presented on the role for pesticides within FAW integrated pest management, and Step Aston of One Acre Fund shared some responses to FAW outbreaks amongst smallholder farmers. Watch the video.

Wednesday, October 24  – Recommended Responses to FAW

On the third day of the event we heard from three presenters. Joseph Huesing of USAID presented their recent guide on integrated pest management for FAW. Allan Hruska of FAO then presented their guide on sustainable management of FAW for smallholder farmers. Ivan Rwomushana of CABI then shared communication approaches for sustainable FAW management, and opportunities to disseminate information to farmers. Watch the video.

Thursday, October 25 – Breeding, Bt and Push-Pull Options

On the fourth day of the e-conference Isaac Oyediran of Syngenta presented on the role of Bt technology in sustainable agriculture and FAW responses, while Charles Midega of icipe shared work on applying push-pull principles to FAW in maize. Watch the video.

Friday, October 26 – FAW Innovations

In the closing session of the conference, we opened with two lectures. Prasanna Boddupalli of CIMMYT gave a presentation on breeding for resistance to FAW in Africa, while Kenneth Wilson of Lancaster University and the Armyworm Network shared the prospects for using biopesticides for the control of FAW in Africa. After these two presentations, we heard a number of pitches for exciting new technologies for FAW control:

  • Igeza is an AI, GIS, and IVR-driven FAW detection and management
    system, presented by Priscilla Obeng of Henson Geodata Technologies
  • Africa Rising was presented by Hugh Gosnell of Africa Rising Technologies
  • UDefeatFAW was presented by Ellen Galdava of FHI 360
  • Buuza Agripoll is a smart survey tool presented by Mahad Kateregga of Technoplus IT Solutions
  • Boa Me is a digital technological solution for FAW, working with Omni-AI & the
    Farmer’s Friend mobile device to identify and defeat “the next fall
    armyworm.” Presented by Kofi Obo Wood of Limitless Apps Studios & Limitless AI
  • MyAgro is a “complete” solution to FAW, presented by Natalie Brown of myAgro

Watch the video.

Participants also connected via an online discussion forum that will remain active beyond the virtual conference; if you would like to join, please register online. The video recordings of the sessions have been viewed several hundred times. The conference enrolled about 500 participants from around the world, although a significant majority of participants were based in Africa. Stay tuned for next steps, including future e-conferences!

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Open Position: Chief Financial Officer

24. Oktober 2018 - 19:04

SDSN Association was set up in March 2014 as an independent 501 3 (c) organization to support the SDSN. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The SDSN mobilizes research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The SDSN secretariat has offices in New York and Paris hosted by SDSN Association and SDSN Association Paris, respectively. SDSN Association also hosts the SDG Academy and other programs related to the SDGs.

SDSN Association is a relatively young and rapidly growing non-profit, with a reputation for excellence in the field of sustainable development. The Chief Financial Officer will be part of the leadership team of SDSN Association in New York to help it through an exciting growth phase, and help design and implement a sound institutional governance structure to enable it to continue its growth path. The Chief Financial Officer will also serve as Secretary to the Board of SDSN Association.


Leadership and Strategy:

  • Management and board reporting comprising of preparation and presentation of balance sheet and income statements as well as other financial reports as needed including detailed general ledger, accrual basis adjustments, revenue and expense analyses, and supporting schedules for balance sheet accounts
  • Support to senior leadership for developing long-term operational goals, budgets, forecasts and financial planning
  • Building and managing the finance and operations function at SDSN Association, including team recruitment and training
  • Working closely with the finance and operations team to review and refine financial policies, guidelines, processes, and practice to maximize efficiency and impact
  • Responsible for managing organizational and grant-specific audits

Financial and HR Management:

  • Overall responsibility for internal controls and financial procedures
  • Overall responsibility for overseeing the closure of books, preparation for quarterly and annual financial reports, month-end closing activities, including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts, bank reconciliations, and overhead allocations
  • Review and oversight of payroll allocations, benefits administration, oversight of processes for on-boarding and off-boarding of staff
  • Overall responsibility for smooth functioning of the Intacct financial system, including support to the finance and operations team on optimizing procedures within Intacct
  • Management of US bank accounts, including monitoring bank balances, managing bank wires, initiating wire transfers, and ensuring receipts and disbursements are managed and recorded according to agreed-upon protocols
  • Working closely with Paris-based staff to review Paris office procedures and financial operations, including Paris bank account operations

Grant Management:

  • Advice to senior management on overall funding projections and grants/gift management, particularly with reference to the needs of the organization
  • Advice to senior management on structuring and managing grants and gifts, including negotiating conditions to ensure compliance with state and federal laws
  • Working closely with finance and operations team to track spending, help ensure compliance with grant conditions as required, and review and approve financial reports for donors

Legal and Financial Compliance:

  • Responsibility for compliance with the laws of the State of New York, with S. Federal laws and international treaties as applicable, including Uniform Guidance, OFAC/SDN compliance etc.
  • Overall responsibility for filing of Federal, New York State and/or city tax returns and fulfilling any other reporting requirements
  • Responsibility for compliance with HR-related U.S. federal, state and city laws, as relevant
  • Responsibility for management of full suite of institutional insurance coverage for the NY entity, and close consultation with the Paris office for the French entity, as appropriate
  • Coordination with legal counsel as needed
  • Representation as the Data Protection Officer for the organization
  • Representation as the Chief Compliance Officer for the organization

Team Management:

  • Responsibility for building, supervising, mentoring and managing the finance and operations team
  • Responsibility for human resource planning for the finance and operations function at SDSN, including working closely with the team to identify new requirements, optimization of functions and procedures, and training and career development needs


  • Other strategic and organizational requirements as needed by the Board and senior management of SDSN Association
  • Masters in Accounting (or equivalent), CPA/CFA preferred
  • Strong accounting and financial management experience in the international or domestic non- profit sector required, preferably with a mid-sized non-profit with international operations
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of GAAP, Non-profit accounting, contribution/grant accounting and regulatory reporting (form 990).
  • Experience with managing complex donor relationships and requirements
  • Experience with HR management and compliance is preferred
  • Experience with the Intacct financial management system is preferred
  • Experience and/or knowledge of sustainable development themes preferred
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and a strong team player
  • Please note that existing US work authorization is required for this position

Other details:

  • Annual, renewable thereafter based on mutual agreement
  • This position reports to the President, SDSN Association, and works closely with the Executive Director, SDSN and the Head of the New York office
  • Location: This position will be based in New York City, 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: This appointment is valid for a period of one year, subject to renewal upon review of work performance
  • Hours: Full time
  • Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package

Statement of Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination

As an equal opportunity employer, SDSN is committed to ensuring that organization employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, unemployment status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


Full benefits package


Must be fluent in English


Masters in Accounting (or equivalent), CPA/CFA preferred


To apply, submit a CV and cover letter to We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements. Applications will be accepted until September 31, 2018.

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Open position: Education Intern, SDG Academy

19. Oktober 2018 - 18:12


About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

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 the 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 SDG Academy is seeking an Education Intern to help facilitate and develop online courses in Sustainable Development, including support for live and on-demand courses and assistance with new content development.

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 our online presence, as well as to develop content for our courses. The position requires 15-20 hours/week and most time will be spent at the SDSN offices located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (some remote work may be considered). Candidates must have prior legal authorization to work in the U.S. The position runs until May 31, 2019 with possibility of extension pending funding.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and building courses on the online platform, including uploading and formatting content.
  • Create and upload transcripts.
  • Manage course translation workflows.
  • Support teams of Teaching Assistants by answering student emails and facilitating course runs.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Any additional requests made by the Education Management Team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Some experience with education or pedagogy, particularly online courses or e-learning.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Some experience with content and/or learning management systems.
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, international affairs, or other relevant content area.
  • At least 1-2 semesters of an undergraduate degree program already complete.

Preferred characteristics:

  • A declared major in international or sustainable development, or education.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (1-2 pages) to with the subject line: “Application: Education Intern”


As an equal opportunity employer, SDSN is committed to ensuring that organization employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, unemployment status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Kura Kura Bali: Creating an Innovative Island of Sustainable Solutions

18. Oktober 2018 - 17:09

Bali, Indonesia
Tuesday 9th October 2018

The SDSN Southeast Asia Network (SDSN SEA) co-hosted the first conference on blended finance last week alongside the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia. The Tri Hita Karana Blended Finance Conference was the first of an annual event, endorsed by the Indonesia Government. The conference hosted over 300 industry experts from around the region to brainstorm new approaches to financing sustainable development programs throughout Asia. This was the premier blended finance conference in the world, putting Indonesia at the leading edge of this emerging industry of public-private partnerships. Just ahead of the event, the network featured a day of celebration on the island of Kura Kura.

Outcome commitments from the Blended Finance Conference can be found listed below. This incredible 3-day event was facilitated by the vision and leadership of Cherie Nursalim, SDSN SEA Chair. Her unrelenting passion for sustainable development and ongoing commitment to the SDGs is an example for others to follow. She is also responsible for all of the past and future planned activities on the Kura Kura Island of Bali.

Kura Kura Bali, dubbed the “Island of Happiness” for its adoption of the ancient Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, or three routes to happiness, is making global headlines again for highlighting sustainable solutions. The spirit of Kura Kura Bali is to inspire a generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative talents from all over the world. The vision of the island is to provide a space for testing inclusive new technologies and best practices for sustainable living by reducing energy use, conserving water, reducing waste, and lowering carbon emissions. This week the SDSN SEA, lead by United in Diversity, featured two extraordinary announcements on the island.

First the network cohosted a ceremonial dinner to celebrate the finalist in their Coastal Design Competition launched last year in partnership with HeroX. The competition called for innovative design concepts for a vertical seawall to increase the resilience of the island and protect is natural beauty. Seeking something beyond a standard concrete wall, and aligning with the local ecology, participants were asked to create a prototype wall to protect the island that is also in harmony with nature. This was part of the famous HeroX Prize, an offshoot of the X Prize, started by visionary Peter Diamandis.

The result was a remarkable story of co-creation, “crowd sourcing” a truly global collaboration, and creating the world’s first prototype of an ecological, harmonious, and environmentally sustainable seawall. Forty-two technically sophisticated seawall designs were submitted from around the world. The Coastal Design Competition is the first in a series of sustainability initiatives planned for the Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness. The competition provides an extraordinary opportunity to challenge and inspire engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all around the world to develop sustainable infrastructure. “We congratulate the final teams for their relentless effort in delivering their best ideas and inspiration to develop new solutions while supporting the SDGs through the approach of Tri Hita Kirana,” said Cherie Nursalim.

On the same day, SDSN SEA co-hosted a signing ceremony with Tsinghua University to develop a “creative campus” on the island as an extension campus of Tsingua University in Indonesia: Tsinghua SEA at Kura Kura Bali. This partnership with the island’s creative campus is historical, as Tsinghua is also one of the earliest Chinese institutions dedicated to higher education and research in sustainable development. Tsinghua SEA at Kura Kura Bali in Indonesia is one of only three of its global locations, tertiary to the United States and Italy. This partnership will further the vision to develop sustainable solutions on the island and to encouraging unique green solutions and prototypes to inspire the rest of the region and the world. Gede Ardhika, President Director of Kura Kura Bali said, “Tsinghua’s SEA Center, along with SDSN SEA, demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. This will be the hub for innovation and incubation of technopreneurs, working in collaboration with various stakeholders.” The center will inspire the island’s co-creative learning process for humanity’s sustainable common future. The Tsinghua SEA Center will later serve as a key partner and learning lab for SDSN SEA. The undoubted global recognition of these two intuitions will be a strong foundation of its future programs and further collaboration throughout the SEA region.

Outcome Announcements and Commitments

Green Finance for Sustainable Infrastructure | SDG Indonesia One
Partners: SMI, Indonesia Ministry of Finance, Asian Development Bank
Launch of SDG Indonesia One fund – an integrated SDG programme to drive new investment into large-scale green infrastructure projects.

Food and Sustainable Land Use | Forest The New Economy
Partners: Malaysia & key delivery partners
Malaysia commits to prioritise forest restoration along with forest protection. This includes major funding support for a new science-based protection and restoration policy for Malaysia’s forests including an incubator that will mobilise millions of dollars of private capital into forest restoration projects to deliver global climate action.

100 Island Solutions | Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project
Partners: SMI
Exploration project in geothermal energy to increase the electrification ratio of East Nusa Tenggara Province.

Tech Parks, Innovation, and Education | Jambi Micro Hydro Power Project
Partners: UNDP, Badan, Amil Zakat Nasional (BASNAS), & Bank Jambi
60 KW new development and 120 KW of revitalisation of existing hydro power plants, providing electricity to schools, mosques, and 803 households (4448 people) in Jambi.

Resilient Cities – Connectivity Paradigm | Indonesia Country Report on Connectivity
Partners: GSMA
Allocating 700 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband could deliver economic benefits of US$11 billion (IDR161 trillion) to the Indonesian economy between 2020-2030, equivalent to 1% of GDP: finds new GSMA country report on connectivity launched at THK Forum

Happiness Paradigm – Ecotourism and Conservation | Belantara Ecotourism Projects to Moblise Private Investors for Conservation
Partners: SDSN & Belantara
Soft launch for two ecotourism projects with Belantara in South Sumatra.

Ocean Health, Plastics, and the Blue Economy | Tri Hita Karana for Clean Bali – Sakenan Charter
Partners: SDSN Indonesia & Udayana University
The Sakenan Bali Declaration is a new locally driven effort using traditional power structures and laws to change behaviour and reduce marine littering.

Funding the Female Economy (large scale funds to microcredit) | $10 Million Fund Investing in Anti-Stunting Programs in Indonesia
Partners: 1000 Days Fund & FeelWell Ceramics
1 in 3 Indonesian children suffer from stunting: new $10 million fund and young entrepreneurs from Indonesia taking action to reverse the trend.

Policy and Regulation for Sustainable Finance | Tri Hita Karana Roadmap for Blended Finance
Partners: OECD, Blended Finance Taskforce, Major MDBs, & other key partners
THK Forum endorses Tri Hita Karana Blended Finance Roadmap as Indonesia leads on blended finance for the SDGs.

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About the Island of Happiness Kura Kura Bali
Kura Kura Bali Island lies just 15 minutes’ drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, connected seamlessly to the main Bali island by a short bridge. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Bali’s sacred Mount Agung on the horizon, Kura Kura Bali is within the realm of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar, and easily accessible from prime resort destinations. The unique eco-development spanning 500 hectares with 3000m of coral reefs, 92 birds species invites world-class master-planners, architects and partners from diverse fields to co-create a World of Happiness in Bali.

About Hero X
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