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Tsinghua University and the University of Geneva Welcome the First Cohort of Dual Master’s Program on the SDGs

19. September 2018 - 17:50

Being a pioneer in implementing UN SDGs in education, the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University (THU) and the Geneva School of Social Science (G3S), the University of Geneva (UNIGE) recently welcomed their initial cohort of SDG dual master’s students from a variety of different universities globally and a broad range of backgrounds.

“I am genuinely thrilled by this program – not only because it is serving as a great support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals but also because it is aiming to train our future leaders with a broader global vision and a deeper sense of responsibility towards mankind.” – Lan Xue, Co-Chair, SDSN Leadership Council; Dean, School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University; and Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Development Goals(TUSDG), Tsinghua University.

In the past two weeks, totally 41 students registered at THU and UNIGE. They will spend their first academic year in their home university and then exchange to the host university in the second academic year. Students enrolled in this highly interdisciplinary 2.5-year dual master’s program will gain both theoretical understanding and practical field experience that will prepare for employment on sustainable development projects. Upon successful completion of the dual master’s requirements including coursework, hands-on workshops, internship and academic thesis, students will obtain both the degree of Master of Public Administration of THU and the degree of Master of Science of UNIGE.

Lisanne Jong, a student from Netherlands, expressed her excitement of being enrolled by THU in this dual master’s program. “Studying at Tsinghua gives all of us the opportunity to be part of a global community here on campus. Students from our school come from all over the world. In my program alone, we have students from Canada, Colombia, Brunei, Vietnam, Netherlands, Brazil, U.S. and China, and even more countries. Over the years, this will provide us with a global mind-set that will benefit us for the rest of our life. It will create cultural understanding and friendships that cross borders. ”

In January 2017 at World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland), President Xi Jinping of China and then President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, jointly witnessed the signing of the memorandum between THU and UNIGE on comprehensive cooperation on UN SDGs. During the roundtable, President Qiu Yong of THU and Rector Yves Flückiger of UNIGE signed an agreement on the dual Master Degree of Public Policy for Sustainable Development Goals (MPP-SDG) and the establishment of a SDGs research center (TUSDG).

Photo of the Rector Yves Flückiger of UNIGE (left) and the President QIU Yong of THU (right)

Within this cooperative framework, SPPM and G3S jointly established a SDG Master Student Exchange Program from last year and a Dual Master’s Program for UN SDGs (MPP-SDG) from September this year. These SDG-oriented programs focus on defining and developing concrete solutions for the UN SDGs through hands-on, team-based and project-driven activities, in parallel with courses on the fundamentals of sustainable development taught by experts from THU, UNIGE and a range of IGOs and NGOs in Geneva.

Photo of the Dean Bernard Debarbieux of the Geneva School of Social Science, UNIGE (left) and the Dean XUE Lan of the School of Public Policy and Management THU (right).


Website of Tsinghua University MPP-SDG program:

Website of TUSDG:

Edited by SPPM and TUSDG

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SDSN and GEIDCO Announce Collaboration to Promote Clean Energy

18. September 2018 - 15:00

New York City, September 18 – The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the nongovernmental organization Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) to promote global energy interconnection (GEI), a unified electricity network with worldwide reach. Through this partnership, GEIDCO and SDSN will combine efforts to meet global power demand with clean and green alternatives and become members of each other’s expert networks.

The networks have already begun collaborating at the Global Climate Action Summit where GEIDCO participated as a speaker in a special edition of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference. At the event, GEIDCO met the leaders of SDSN’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project work to explore how the project’s national pathways could be used to promote GEI and help countries articulate their way forward to meet ambitious emission reduction goals.

SDSN and GEIDCO have a shared mission of promoting sustainable development. Both organizations will support and participate in each other’s major events, share research resources and findings, conduct joint research, and align GEI with global efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


GEIDCO, headquartered in Beijing, China, is an international organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of energy worldwide. The purpose of GEIDCO is to promote the establishment of a GEI system, to meet the global demand for electricity in a clean and green way, and to implement the United Nations’“Sustainable Energy for All” initiatives. So far, GEIDCO has 445 members from 70 countries and regions, including energy and power enterprises, equipment manufacturing enterprises, project construction enterprises, research institutes, and universities and colleges, from Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Oceania.

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. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.



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Conference on “The SDGs and the Future of Europe”

12. September 2018 - 12:38

Source: Eurostat

Accounting for six percent of the global population and 22 percent of global economic output, the European Union is a global player whose actions are decisive for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both within Europe and globally.
Some of Europe’s most pressing socio-economic priorities and challenges including rising inequalities, youth unemployment, and climate change are covered under the Goals, making it imperative for the EU to commit and invest seriously into their achievement, while at the same time leading the global movement towards the 2030 Agenda.
Adopted in 2015 by all 193 UN Member States, the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs set quantitative targets for 2030 covering economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The European Union and its member states have committed to these Goals but have not taken bold actions needed for their achievement, like the alignment of both their strategies and budgets with the SDGs. The upcoming elections to the European Parliament in 2019, the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) covering the decisive years 2021-2027, and the formation of the next EU Commission are the EU’s last opportunity to lay the ground for a sustainable future in Europe.

To address this important moment in time, the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are organizing a conference in Bonn on 15 October 2018 that will explore ways of making the SDGs an integral part of the political agenda in the EU in alignment with these upcoming high-level events. The event will take place on

Monday, October 15, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Deutsche Welle in Bonn
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn

and will be followed by a public evening event.

Membership of both networks, as well as experts from academia and politics, are invited to attend in order to promote exchange and develop concrete initiatives that will steer the European Union towards implementation and achievement of the SDGs.  Featuring dialogue, plenary and breakout sessions, the conference is supposed to be a kick-off event and aims to incentivize further joint activities of the membership of ENoP and SDSN in Europe.

We invite you to have a look at the provisional conference programme. We kindly ask you to RSVP to until 24 September 2018 at the latest. Please direct your queries to Janina Sturm at

For more information on the work of ENoP, please visit

This event is hosted by SDSN Germany and Deutsche Welle.

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Open position: Communications Intern, SDG Academy

10. September 2018 - 19:16

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 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.


Communications Intern

Job Posting Date: September 10, 2018

The SDG Academy is seeking a Communications Intern to develop and manage external-facing communications, including social media, website, and other digital/print communications as needed.

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 develop marketing schemes 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 December 31, 2018 with possibility of extension pending funding.

  • Developing marketing packages for SDG Academy courses (includes 9 self-paced courses and 10-12 instructor-paced courses).
  • Implementing marketing packages, which includes posting on social media, drafting newsletter posts/blogs, and circulating promo-kits to the SDSN.
  • Creating regular content for social media, including posting and scheduling of posts (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter).
  • Managing community requests and engagement on social media platforms.
  • Review and coordinate design and production of print materials (invitations, reports, brochures, flyers, etc.). Team to help develop copy.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Some experience in communications.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
  • 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.

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

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5 Take-Aways, Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact Conference

5. September 2018 - 16:55

By Dr. Linda Veldhuizen, Manager, SDSN Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

On 30-31 August, Wageningen University and Research, host of SDSN Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, took centre stage for SDG 2, convening the conference Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact. Missed it? Here are 5 take-aways to bring you up to speed. More information on conference outcomes can also be found on the Wageningen website.

1. We need food system approaches

“From feeding the world to nourishing the world sustainably requires transforming our food systems.”– Lawrence Haddad

“Food system” is the new buzzword. Does it also add substance, or are we just overcomplicating things? I haven’t seen any evidence supporting the superiority of a food systems approach over, for example, a value chain approach. But I have learned that food systems thinking helps you identify opportunities and challenges beyond your normal scope. To make life easier, you can start by mapping a food system and then zoom in on one specific part – as long as you keep an eye on the connections to the wider food system.

2. Learn from the best

“What Africa is doing for agriculture today will determine the future of food tomorrow.” – Akinwuni Adesina

“By outsourcing your value chain you cannot outsource your responsibility.” – Paul Polman

“We saved lives, but we didn’t change lives.” – Ertharin Cousin

“Policies, institutions, and technologies are key.” – Shenggen Fan

“Tackling youth unemployment and food security is not about ‘making agriculture more sexy’, it is about making agriculture profitable.” – Ken Giller

“You have offered us food for thought and thought for food.” – Carola Schouten

3. Youth

An innovative part of the conference was that student teams in Wageningen and other parts of the world worked on SDG 2 challenges in the 36-hour Foodathon. These teams worked day and night, and inspired many participants to contribute. A great way to connect youth and experts!

4. No one can do it alone

“It is our collective responsibility to nurture a sustainable future where everyone can live well. This requires major transformations in all spheres of life everywhere, which can only be achieved through connections and bridges between disciplines, people, and territories.” – David Nabarro

Partnerships were central to the SDG conference. Let me highlight three new partnerships here:

  1. The Agrifood 5 Alliance (A5) between China Agricultural University, Cornell University, UC Davis, the University of São Paulo, and Wageningen University & Research was announced.
  2. Wageningen recently joined the Sustainable Development Solutions Network as host of the thematic network on Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, which Dr. Ken Giller Co-Chairs.
  3. The SDG conference ended by announcing the first winners of the Borlaug Youth Institute award, the result of a partnership between the World Food Prize Foundation and Wageningen.

5. Commitments

The SDG conference was all about making commitments, so what is my commitment? The session Trade-offs and synergies at different levels showed that models like MAGNET and IMAGE can offer useful insights in trade-offs and synergies at the global and national level. However, they cannot give insights in social processes or subnational levels. This is something I want to work on over the next few months. If you have any thoughts on this, please contact me!

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Call for Abstracts: Present at the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference in California

30. August 2018 - 22:44

The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) will bring together leaders from state and local governments and businesses from around the world. In an official GCAS affiliate side event, the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) is hosting its first installment of the year entitled, The Land-Energy Nexus in Climate Change Mitigation. The event will feature a poster session and pop-up discussion showing off exciting new research to help build a carbon-neutral future. We invite all researches helping to build the future in land- and energy-based climate change mitigation to submit an abstract.

Along with the poster session, the event boasts panels featuring distinguished speakers to be held throughout the day and will include facilitated networking sessions to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration. Event panelists will come from government, academia, business, and civil society. It will begin with a plenary session about the role of energy in low-carbon land-use scenarios as well as land use in low-carbon energy scenarios. The plenary aims to challenge assumptions that could lead to unworkable approaches to decarbonization, and develop frameworks for land-energy integration that are conceptually sound and implementable on the ground.

The poster session will be a great opportunity to share your work, learn about others’, and network.  Select presenters will be invited to deliver an “elevator pitch” about their work to this influential audience. If you have questions, please contact session chair Jack Chang at

We are especially interested in current research addressing these questions:

  • What is the next generation of technologies and system integration for energy-based climate change mitigation?
  • What role can land-based solutions such as carbon sinks play in climate change mitigation?
  • What the opportunities and challenges in integrating land-and energy based solutions? ?

Research topics might include (although not exhaustive):

  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration/Storage (CCS)
  • Biofuels
  • Bio-Energy with CCS (BECCS)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Climate Policy
  • Financing
  • Forestry and Forest Conservation
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Negative Emission Technologies (NETs)
  • Carbon-Negative Biofuels
  • Low-Carbon Transport

Other low-emissions research topics are welcome.

Submit a Poster Abstract: 
Poster Specs: Posters may be up to 48” x 48”
Abstract Deadline: Sept. 7, 2018

Attend the Event:

Event organizers include: Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley; California Natural Resources Agency; Enel; ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability; UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU); University of San Francisco; World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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SDG Academy Partners with

30. August 2018 - 18:40

New York, NY  [UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network] — The SDG Academy has partnered with to offer its full library of sustainable development courses on the edX global platform as of August 31, 2018. Courses are now open for enrollment and can be viewed here.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 social, economic, and environmental goals adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015 that aim to promote a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all. Achieving the SDGs requires a global movement equipped with knowledge and evidence. The SDG Academy and edX partnership aims to empower and educate people around the world as an essential first step to achieving the SDGs.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, said, “I am delighted to join edX — the global, cutting-edge education platform — as a strong partner in promoting the SDGs and helping people around the world to learn how to achieve them.”

The SDG Academy, the flagship educational initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), brings together the world’s experts on sustainable development to equip the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to tackle the complex challenges facing our planet. SDG Academy courses are offered as a public good — free and openly accessible — and have reached nearly 170,000 learners from 190 countries.

edX’s mission is to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012, edX has become a leader in massive open online courses (MOOCs), partnering with more than 130 leading universities and institutions around the world, and reaching over 17 million learners worldwide.

“As we face the reality that, due to automation and technology, a massive percentage of traditional jobs will likely disappear and be replaced by emerging job areas, addressing SDG Goal 4 around education is increasingly critical,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX and professor at MIT. “We are pleased to welcome the SDG Academy, a world leader in sustainable development education, to the global network of edX partners that are committed to addressing this need for planet-scale reskilling, especially for marginalized populations of potential learners from around the world.”

On September 10, 2018, the SDG Academy will launch its September term with an exciting set of courses. By completing these or any other SDG Academy course on edX, learners can purchase edX’s globally-recognized Verified Certificates. edX also offers financial assistance, which covers 90% of the certificate’s cost for qualified learners.

“The SDG Academy makes expertise on the SDGs accessible to a global audience. Our partnership with edX will allow us to reach new communities of practitioners and learners,” says Chandrika Bahadur, Director of the SDG Academy. “We are grateful to edX for joining us and the United Nations in our mission to achieve the SDGs by empowering people everywhere with knowledge and expertise.”

To learn more about the SDG Academy and browse a full course list, visit, or go to to enroll on edX.


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The 2018 Index and Dashboards Report in World News

29. August 2018 - 21:56

Report accessible from:
Data visualisation accessible from:


The third edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report was launched at the High-Level Political Forum on July 17th. Co-produced annually by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) the report provides global insights on how countries perform on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Overall, the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report was discussed in 150+ news articles in more than 30 countries. In addition, the report got high visibility online including on social media platforms. Three key messages were primarily picked up by journalists:

  • No country is on track for achieving all of the SDGs
  • Stronger leadership from G20 countries is needed
  • Sustainable consumption and production require urgent actions

Examples of global and country specific news articles are provided below.

For more information please contact:


Global (Quartz):

“The US and Russia are doing the least to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”

Global (Devex)

“Q&A: Economist Jeffrey Sachs on jumpstarting lagging SDG progress”

Global (Fast Company)

“The Sustainable Development Goals are slipping out of reach”


Australia (The Conversation):

“Australia falls further in rankings on progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals”

Canada (Canadian Geographic):

“Canada’s sustainability progress held back by eco issues”

Germany (Frankfurter Allgemeine):

“Deutschland kommt bei Nachhaltigkeits-Zielen voran” [“Germany is making progress in its sustainability goals”]

India (Mint):

“India needs a better report card to meet SDG targets on healthcare”

Slovenia (Slovenia Times):

“Slovenia 8th in reaching sustainable development goals” [includes statement from Minister Alenka Smerkolj]

Spain (El Pais):

“España pasa examen ante la ONU: ni aprueba ni suspende, promete”

United States (CNN):

“America is falling far behind on key world goals”

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Join us at the 2018 UN General Assembly

18. August 2018 - 22:04

As world leaders come together for the opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), SDSN is thrilled to be hosting or supporting the following side events during UNGA. For even more up-to-date information on these events, please see our website. We hope you’ll join us!

This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, September 24

Wednesday, September 26

Thursday, September 27

Friday, September 28

Saturday, September 29


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Open Position: Payroll Specialist / Accounting Associate

16. August 2018 - 20:32

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 Payroll Specialist / Accounting Associate will manage the payroll process for the NY office at SDSN and provide additional support to the Accounting team.


Manage entire payroll cycle:

  • Organize employee personnel files and other HR related documents
  • Recognize employee onboarding/ termination as it pertains to pay, tax withholding, and deductions for benefits
  • Maintain data base of personnel information including benefit elections and contributions
  • Provide up to date advice to senior management on HR related compliance requirements for the organization
  • Extract and validate payroll requirements for each payroll
  • Input bi-monthly payroll information to ADP interface
  • Liaise with Heads of Finance of different groups within SDSN to receive information on compensation expense allocations
  • Maintain process for updating compensation expense allocation to various grants and allocate compensation expense to grants prior to uploading compensation data to Intacct accounting software
  • Create Journal Entry for payroll activity
  • Run reports to validate and analyze compensation expense
  • Support the budgeting and reporting processes by providing compensation information.
  • Provide support to Accounting team by performing various bookkeeping, reporting and analytical and administrative support.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of multiple state income tax withholdings, benefit plans and general accounting. Understanding of filing requirements of W2s, 1099’s, quarterly tax filings, and labor law requirements
  • 1-2 years of progressively responsible payroll experience, preferably within a nonprofit finance department. Accounting degree preferred
  • Microsoft Excel Proficiency required, experience with ADP payroll and Intacct accounting software preferred
  • Internal customer-service orientation and attitude
  • Impeccable integrity and trustworthiness, with an ability to handle sensitive information and situations effectively and confidentially
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Analytical, proactiveness and problems solving abilities
  • Demonstrated respect for diversity and multicultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work closely and proactively with all levels of colleagues including senior management and Finance colleagues in multiple locations around the world
  • 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
  • Reporting: This position reports to the CFO
  • Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package
  • Travel: Minimal to none

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




4-year degree


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 7, 2018.

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E-Conference on Fall Armyworm in Africa

15. August 2018 - 19:37

SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is organizing a carbon-free, e-conference on responding to the fall armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa. Two years after FAW arrived in Africa, we would like to take stock of what we have learned so far and where we are going next. The event will explore questions such as: What are effective strategies in reaching farmers across the continent? How effective have responses to FAW been? What are the long-term consequences of these responses? What innovative ideas might work better in the short- and long-term?

Participants in this e-conference are invited to join five sessions on various aspects of responding to the FAW outbreak in Africa. Each session will last about 90 minutes and will take place around 1 pm GMT, catching the Americas in the morning, Africa and Europe in the afternoon, and Asia in the evening. An online platform will be available 24/7 for participants to meet, share work, and continue the discussion. The conference will result in a shared action agenda that everyone can contribute to. This action agenda will guide responses to the FAW outbreak in the year to come.

Registration is currently open online, we hope you’ll join us!

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2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development

27. Juli 2018 - 22:16

The first UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) was held in July 2013 and reoccurs every year under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and every four years under the General Assembly. It is the official platform for monitoring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each meeting aims to:

  • Provide political leadership and recommendations for sustainable development,
    • Follow-up and review progress in implementing sustainable development commitments,
    • Enhance the integration of economic, social, and environmental aspects of sustainable development,
    • Consider new and emerging sustainable development challenges, and
    • Provide a forum for Voluntary National Reviews on the Sustainable Development Goals.

HLPF 2018
The 2018 HLPF, held from 9-18 July, focused on the theme of Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies. The SDGs highlighted this year included:

  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption & production
  • SDG 15: Life on land
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

By grouping these specific SDGs within a broader theme, HLPF 2018 aimed to help policymakers, stakeholders, private sector actors, and the general public assess the interactions between them. HLPF themes attempt to encourage integrated discussion on the pursuit of the SDGs, across goals and sectors – discouraging countries from shortsightedly pursuing one or two SDGs individually.

Over the course of 8 days, 2,458 registered stakeholder representatives along with 65 ministers, cabinet secretaries, and deputy ministers convened to assess 47 voluntary national reviews (VNRs) from Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. There were meetings, side events, special events, learning courses, and workshops all themed around sustainable cities and SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 17. The overarching ambition of these meetings was to provide spaces and a common platform to review what’s working and how to take best practices to scale.

SDSN staff and networks were actively involved in several events throughout the forum:

HLPF Opening Session: Keynote from Jeffrey Sachs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a vision for people, planet, peace, and prosperity to be achieved through partnership and solidarity, is now in its third year of implementation. There are positive signs – such as the widespread inclusion of SDG’s targets into countries’ own development plans and strategies, and the creation of coordinating structures and mechanisms necessary for implementation. At the same time, certain other indicators – for example, deeply entrenched patterns of inequality and the increasingly apparent impacts of climate change – are a cause for concern. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, gave a keynote address at this opening session and indicated what he sees as priorities for urgent consideration, including investment and financing for the SDGs. He mentioned SDSN’s newest initiative, Move Humanity, which aims to help close the SDG financing gap in the lowest income countries by mobilizing greater private funding for basic health and education, critical infrastructure, and environmental conservation priorities. You can watch the full opening session here.

The role of Information and Communication Technologies in the Implementation of the Targets in SDG 11

On 9 July, the SDG Academy was proud to co-sponsor an HLPF side event with UNESCO and, titled “The role of Information and Communication Technologies in the implementation of the targets in SDG 11”. Panelists representing ICT experts across academia, civil society, and the UN system debated the opportunities and challenges associated with implementing ICT solutions for smart and sustainable cities. Topics included the use of data for responsible decision-making, the relative merits of public vs. private sector research and development, and the need for capacity-building at all levels. Panelists also emphasized the importance of localization and the need to think critically about the use of technology when trying to produce change. The SDG Academy, UNESCO, and also announced their collaboration on an upcoming Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on the use of ICT for achieving the SDGs, including modules on the use of ICT for the health and education sectors, the importance of data, and ethical considerations of ICT for development. The course will launch this fall.

Realizing the SDGs in Cities: Aligning Knowledge, Tools, and Monitoring Frameworks

This workshop offered a platform to discuss current challenges and review global agendas for achieving SDG 11. The new International Science Council, in collaboration with UK Research and Innovation, Cities Alliance, UN-Habitat, OECD, and SDSN conducted this workshop. The discussion began by examining the disconnect between local and institutional agendas. Participants emphasized the importance of local engagement for improving transparency and garnishing partnerships between local and national organizations. Participants reviewed the limitation of a unilateral discussion on cities while agreeing that SDG 11 could be used as a thread to interlink other SDGs. The day wrapped up with Jessica Espey (SDSN), Jaideep Gupta (GCRF), and Seth Schultz (Urban Breakthroughs) explaining the evolving roles of networks, funders, and partnerships for the development of urban communities.

How are Higher Education institutions integrating the SDGs into their teaching, research, outreach, and practice?

Organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), this event provided a platform for higher education institutions to showcase how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is being integrated into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices to bolster these institutions in becoming leaders in achieving the SDGs. SDSN joined this event to present the guide “How to Get Started with the SDGs for Universities” published by the Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific SDSN. This guide was referred to by several of the attending universities as a comprehensive and practical tool to launch the transformation towards an SDG-engaged university. The webcast of the event can be found here.

Launch of SDSN Youth’s 2018 Solutions Report

On 16 July, SDSN Youth launched the second edition of the Youth Solutions Report at the headquarters of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in New York. The report features 50 youth-led projects covering 61 countries that work towards the advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the world. Siamak Sam Loni, SDSN Youth Global Coordinator, welcomed the audience with the report overview highlighting the importance of supporting youth-led initiatives. SDSN’s Executive Director, Guido Schmidt-Traub, and the member of SDSN Association’s Board of Directors, Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh, attended the Youth Solutions Report launch and engaged with young changemakers. Launch video and the full publication can be accessed here:

Research Partnerships for the SDGs in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

This event discussed the needs assessments for research priorities that could be pitched for donor funding, improved synergy with existing research, impact assessments on energy regulation in SIDS, and the possibility of a broader consortium of SIDS research universities. Representatives at the event spoke about different technologies that are being used in SIDS development, including data compilation platforms for greater public involvement, sensors to accommodate GIS technology, 3D-printed complex corals in Fiji to replace degraded natural coral systems, and robotics such as automated kayaks for supply and service delivery. Representatives from the Scientific Community on Oceanic Research (SCOR) spoke about their Visiting Scholars fellowship, fundraising success within SIDS, and research camps in Namibia.

Meeting Sustainable Development Commitments in Cities: The Science We Need for the Cities We Want

As one of the nine organizations who partnered to convene the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, SDSN hosted this event alongside the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN. The event opened with H.E. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development for Canada, highlighting the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement for SDG implementation and cited the Conference as a successful example. The event highlighted the reasons the conference took place including urbanization challenges such as increased dependency on rural areas and the tensions that will arise, population stressors and trends, and the lack of connection between policymakers and scientists. The conference was able to address these challenges by producing a research agenda which aims to assess current knowledge gaps.

The research agenda is currently in its draft stage and is being reviewed by conference participants. It will be presented to national governments during the UN General Assembly this fall.

Partnering on Long-Term Strategies to Achieve the SDGs

SDSN participated in an official side event hosted by the government of Slovenia on the topic of long-term planning and strategies for implementing the SDGs. Professor Jeffrey Sachs spoke about the importance of national planning agencies to ensure that long-term pathways are inscribed in government policy and outlast the political cycles. Panelists included high-level government officials who discussed long-term strategies implemented in their countries. An official from Colombia spoke about the country’s experience in institutionalizing public-private partnerships through a special government agency, and a representative from Iceland spoke about the challenges of closing the gap between legislation and outcomes for gender equality in the country. One of the key messages of the event was the importance of pro-active public finance for the SDGs. As stated by the Slovenian Minister of Development, Strategic Projects, and Cohesion, Alenka Smerkolj, markets alone cannot be entrusted to finance sustainable development.

2018 SDG Index Launch

SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung launched the 3rd edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards on July 17 at the German Mission to the United Nations. The German Ambassador to the UN, Christopher Heusgen, inaugurated the session and commended the index for making metrics easily accessible to policymakers and officials. Professor Jeffrey Sachs then presented the report and key messages, including that no country is currently on track for meeting all the SDGs in 2030. The theme of the 2018 report is “Implementation Mechanisms for the SDGs” and focused specifically on G20 countries. To that end, government officials were invited to speak during a panel about their role in translating the SDGs into government policy and action. Julie Gelfand, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for Canada, spoke about the role of auditors in keeping the Canadian government accountable for its commitments to implementing the SDGs.

Other new features of this year’s report include trend analysis, country profiles for all UN member states, absolute implementation gaps, and new leave no one behind metrics for OECD countries.

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SDG Measurement, Challenges, and Policies

26. Juli 2018 - 18:20

By Professor Ranjula Bali Swain, Visiting Scholar, SDSN Member Södertörn University

Misum, Stockholm School of Economics & Dept. of Economics, Södertörn University

twitter: @ranjbali

The FIFA World cup 2018 has recently ended. Imagine the game with the 22 players running around on the field,  if the game did not have clearly defined goal posts.  Goals work and can be achieved, measured and monitored, if they are well-defined and realistic. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were criticized  for being inadequate, as they were set without addressing key issues in development, like imbalances and inequalities within countries. But the eight MDGs were relatively well-specified. For instance, MDG 4 focused on reducing the under-five child mortality rates by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015. Compare that to the long list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets. For example, SDG 3 focuses on good health and well-being but includes several ambitious targets, which go beyond MDGs 4-6, and are inadequately specified. While the Agenda 2030 supporters claim that the SDGs reflect the complexity of development, others criticize the universal goals for being too broad and even ‘…amount to a betrayal of the world’s poorest people’ (Economist 2015).

In my seminar at UN SDSN, New York on 19th July 2018, I made the following salient points, based on my research:

Setting Goals

When global targets are set without distinguishing between regional and socio-economic differences in development trajectories, unrealistic targets can be set. The MDG target of two-thirds reduction of child mortality from 1990 levels was infeasible for most countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Similarly, MDG targets were not ambitious enough for fast-developing countries such as Brazil and China. We should not make the same mistakes with SDGs. When the targets are re-visited in 2020, they should be set on the basis of country-specific development trajectories modeled from data. Such an approach will provide clear, quantifiable targets for policymakers, instead of arbitrary universal absolute or relative goals for all countries, that may be unrealistic at the country-specific level.

Goals don’t operate in Silos

Conventional approach towards SDG measurement and monitoring is to identify indicators for each SDG. This approach if not flawed is inadequate. Take the example of SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 5 (gender equality) and 8 (decent work and economic growth). Using global country level data we show that child mortality, fertility, and GDP per capita are related. Fertility rate decreases when child mortality is low, and is weakly dependent on GDP. As fertility rates fall, GDP increases, and as GDP increases, child mortality falls. Such complex inter-relationships imply that measuring and implementing goals in silos is inadequate. We are currently working on capturing and quantifying these inter-relationships.

Tradeoffs & Inconsistencies

While some SDGs have a re-enforcing effect, others are inconsistent and conflicting. Quantifying the extent of inconsistency, our research reveals that economic growth and environment have underlying inconsistencies. This implies that in monitoring and implementation of some SDGs, say SDG 1 (No Poverty) or SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), there can be a negative impact on SDG 13 (Climate Change).

Combining Policies

Based on global data, we predict that the global greenhouse gas emissions will be much above the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recommended level for 2020 to keep the increase in temperature under 2°Celsius in this century. Testing three fundamental policy approaches for keeping emissions under target limits, we show that policies can work in combinations only if they are implemented beyond certain thresholds. These three broad categories include: policies for cutting global emissions through legislation and economic interventions, technological innovations, and behavioral changes.

Strategies for developing and developed countries

Constructing a measure for the underlying SDG pillars of economic, social and environment, we argue that countries may pursue different strategies to be more effective in creating sustainable development in the short run. Our results reveal that while all three factors (economic, social, and environment) are important for the developed countries, they will benefit most by focusing on social and environmental factors to achieve sustainable development. The developing countries, on the other hand, should retain their focus on the economic and the social factors. While the environment factor is critical, the economic factor is the strongest in creating sustainable development in the short run for developing countries.

Suggested reads:

Bali Swain R. (2018) A Critical Analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals. In: Leal Filho W. (eds) Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham

Ranganathan, S. & Bali Swain, R. Analyzing Mechanisms for Meeting the Global Emissions Target – A Dynamical Systems Approach, Sustainable Development, online July 2018.

Ranganathan, S., Nicolic, S., Bali Swain, R. & Sumpter, D. Setting Development Goals Using Stochastic, Dynamical System Models, PLoS One, Vol. 12(2), pp. 1-19, February 2017.

Spaiser, V., Ranganathan, Bali Swain, R. & Sumpter, D. The Sustainable Development Oxymoron: Quantifying and Modelling the Incompatibility of Sustainable Development Goals, International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, Vol. 24(6), pp.

Ranganathan, S., Bali Swain, R. & Sumpter, D. The Demographic Transition and Economic Growth: Implications for Development Policy, Palgrave Communications, 1(15033), November 2015.

Bali Swain, R. and Wallentin, F. Y. The Sustainable Development Quagmire, working paper, Misum, Stockholm School of Economics.

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Investment or Innovation? On the Next Stage of #Data4SDGs at HLPF 2018

25. Juli 2018 - 17:05

By Jay Neuner with support from Deirdre Appel, Shaida Badiee, Hayden Dahmm, Melika Edquist, and Jessica Espey

At this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN and its extended community hosted discussions on global progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A question loomed large above the chatter: How can we accurately determine what progress we’ve made when so many challenges remain in gathering and using data for measurement of the SDGs? Stakeholders of every stripe issued clarion calls throughout HLPF: We want – and need – higher quality, more quantity of, and more inclusive data on the SDGs. As the conversations at HLPF revealed, there is no single, best approach to reach this SDG “data utopia”.

In the opening session, speakers from international organizations, national statistics offices, and civil society addressed cross-cutting data issues, including gaps in country capacity to produce the data needs of the SDGs, data innovations and data linking, and financing for data to support the SDGs. (This last conversation was led by TReNDS’ own Shaida Badiee, co-founder and managing director of Open Data Watch.) A number of these conversations revolved around limited capacity and funding for data use and production for the SDGs. Similarly, new approaches and extant concerns about data were raised in the Voluntary National Reviews presented throughout HLPF. Bhutan, Jamaica, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Sri Lanka cited the value of disaggregated data for monitoring their SDG progress, while Ecuador was among those stressing the need for financing. Sri Lanka also mentioned the value of digital platforms for their data disaggregation efforts. (Read overviews on the Voluntary National Reviews at HLPF via IISD here and here.)

Related side events included the launch of the Inclusive Data Charter, an initiative of partners to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD). The charter lays out a set of principles on leaving no one behind to which stakeholders can commit, with an emphasis on disaggregated data. Its launch event profiled approaches such as national-level indicator integration in the Philippines, as well as examples of partnerships to achieve these principles from the likes of UNICEF. (You can read more about the event on the GPSDD website here.)

Throughout these events, two schools of thought battled for dominance: systems investment versus innovation. National representatives led the call for revitalization of national statistics office capacities, while non-governmental stakeholders cited emerging technology and other innovations that can complement or leapfrog traditional approaches.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, was among those citing a joint approach: investment in long-term systems building, while concurrently using innovative techniques – such as ICT-based data collection and big data analysis – to provide real- (or near real) time interim data complementing official statistics for key SDG indicators. In a final call to action at the event on financing data for the SDGs, he challenged all stakeholders – from governments, to civil society, to the private sector – to work together to identify interim measures for a minimum of one key SDG indicator per goal. With lynchpin poverty statistics, for example, running years out of date, a country may be measuring a reality that no longer exists. Interim data can provide proxies for those indicators, enabling timely action to address gaps in achieving relevant SDGs.

The initiative POPGRID (co-led by TReNDS co-chair Bob Chen) is one such attempt to foster collaboration, supporting innovative approaches to population measurement. It promotes cooperation among data providers, users, and sponsors engaged to design harmonized data products and services, specifically for georeferenced data on population, human settlements and infrastructure. Among the potential approaches it is investigating: using earth observation data on dwellings or mobile telecommunications data to estimate populations. While this data does not replace official population figures derived from a census, it can provide more timely interim data. This would give stakeholders the right information to connect at the right time and with the right resources.

As the SDG deadline fast approaches, these jointly innovative and systems improvement-focused approaches can and should gain traction. With partners under banners such as GPSDD committing to action and technical groups like TReNDS primed to respond alongside their own cross-sector partners, data can become more agile, better resourced, and more effective for both monitoring and achieving the SDGs.

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Youth Solutions Report Showcases 50 Projects to Support SDG Achievement

16. Juli 2018 - 22:29

NEW YORK, USA; JULY 16: The second edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects that aim to solve the world’s toughest issues, was released on July 16 in New York during a launch event at the headquarters of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The report’s solutions, which come from 61 countries and operate across all continents and regions, deal with crucial sustainable development issues, including clean energy, education, digitalization, e-participation, access to healthcare, ecosystem restoration, sustainable agriculture, and waste.

Like its 2017 predecessor, this year’s Youth Solutions Report provides these initiatives with a powerful platform to secure funding, build capacity, communicate experiences, and scale efforts. In addition, the 2018 edition includes in-depth analysis of the multiple challenges facing youth-led innovation for the SDGs, and proposes a set of concrete recommendations for all stakeholders that can help create more integrated ecosystems of support for young change makers.

“The future belongs to the young, who are increasingly providing imaginative solutions to push the Sustainable Development Goals agenda forward, helping to solve the greatest challenges our world faces,” said Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever and member of the SDSN Leadership Council. “Initiatives such as SDSN Youth and its Youth Solutions Report are confirming how important youth-focused programmes are in supporting the ideas and energy coming from the next generation.”

Siamak Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth, said that young people must be seen as key stakeholders in the sustainable development debate and that there is a pressing need to acknowledge their essential role in achieving the SDGs. “Young people are already contributing to the implementation of the SDGs,” said Mr. Loni, “but they face common challenges that prevent them from realizing the full potential of their ideas and solutions, including the lack of visibility, limited access to finance, and the lack of training and technical support. The Youth Solutions Report will help investors, donors, and supporters better understand the multi-faceted role of young people in sustainable development and give them additional opportunities to showcase and scale their work.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was launched at UN Headquarters in September 2015 and adopted by all 193 UN member states. The SDGs, which are relevant to all countries, aim to achieve social inclusion, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability for all people.

SDSN Youth is the youth initiative of SDSN, focused on empowering youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the SDGs. SDSN Youth creates platforms for young people to connect, collaborate, and integrate their ideas and perspectives within the public policy field.

Media inquiries: For media inquiries please contact The social media kit for the launch of the Youth Solutions Report is available for download.

Dario Piselli
+41 78 672 3412

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TWI2050 Report: Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

13. Juli 2018 - 20:08

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) was established by SDSN Partner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to provide scientific foundations for the 2030 Agenda. It is based on the voluntary and collaborative effort of more than 60 authors from about 20 institutions, and some 100 independent experts from academia, business, government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all the regions of the world, who met three times at IIASA to develop pathways toward achieving the SDGs. Presentations of the TWI2050 approach and work have been shown at many international meetings including the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forums and the United Nations High-level Political Forums. Two important meetings were held, one focusing on governance organized by the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn, Germany and the other on regional perspectives organized by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) held in Kigali, Rwanda.

This report examines the current trends and dynamics that promote and jeopardize the achievement of the SDGs. It presents the TWI2050 framework, the integrated pathways which harness the synergies and multiple benefits across SDGs, and approaches to governing this sustainability transformation. TWI2050 identifies six exemplary transformations which will allow achieving the SDGs and long-term sustainability to 2050 and beyond:


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Open Position: Education Manager, SDG Academy

11. Juli 2018 - 16:13

JOB TITLE: Education Manager, SDG Academy
ORGANIZATION: SDG Academy, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)


About the SDSN

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The SDSN is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501 c 3 organization based in New York.

About the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the online education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available 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 a dynamic and experienced Program Manager to support the ambitious production and expansion plans of the SDG Academy initiative. This role provides a unique opportunity to manage the complex process of creating massive open online courses, to engage with experts at the top of their field from around the world, to catalyze a diverse and motivated global student base, and to experience the rapidly evolving field of online education and its far-reaching ramifications first hand. The Program Manager will play a key role as part of a small team that values proactivity and creative thinking.


Production Support for Core Courses

  • Manage the process of core course production, including syllabus design, pre-production, filming, post-production, course launch, and course reflection and feedback
  • Train content teams on syllabus design and content development, production process, preparation for launch, marketing and outreach, and course facilitation
  • Liaise with content team, production team, technical team, and relevant SDG Academy/SDSN colleagues throughout process
  • Provide substantive and pedagogical feedback on initial syllabus, course scripts, and post-production cuts
  • Provide high-level support to teaching staff upon course launch

Other SDG Academy Products

  • Manage the creation and curation of other educational outputs branded through the SDG Academy, including lecture series, webinars, film festivals, toolkit videos, and data visualizations
  • Brainstorm additional SDG Academy offerings and products to build on the mission of the initiative


  • Manage and support academic institutions and organizations using SDG Academy content through the University Partnerships Program
  • Build and execute the strategy around the inclusion of partner courses among SDG Academy offerings, in partnership with the SDG Academy leadership
  • Manage and support relationship with the UN System Staff College and other UN-facing educational partnerships
  • Explore and manage other opportunities for partnership, including executive trainings, NGO or industry specific courses and trainings, and others

SDG Academy Strategy

  • Monitor key process and evaluation data points throughout the course development process to inform and improve protocols
  • Participate in regular strategy meetings to evaluate progress towards stated objectives and to plan out and backcast key activities in the short- and medium-term
  • Support the creation of a long-term SDG Academy strategy and brainstorm opportunities for innovation and advancement of key organizational ambitions

Relationship Management

  • Liaise internally with relevant colleagues at the SDSN Secretariat on areas of overlap and support, including the SDSN communications team
  • Manage communication and relationship with technology firm on course platform
  • Liaise with production and branding partners as needed
  • Maintain and manage communications with course experts, key strategic partners, and potential partner organizations

General Support and Other

  • Management of project budgets and finances (as needed)
  • Prioritized engagement with the remote members of the SDG Academy team
  • Basic administrative tasks, as mandated by a small team
  • Any additional requests made by SDG Academy leadership
  • Bachelors degree in international education, sustainable development or related field is required; Masters degree is preferred
  • Professional fluency in English required; fluency in additional language preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience required
  • Exceptional writing, drafting, and oral communications skills required
  • Proficiency in basic word processing software required
  • Experience with video production, course development, and/or online learning management systems strongly preferred
  • Experience and/or interest in online education and/or sustainable development preferred
  • Adept at learning and navigating new technologies quickly
  • Strong time-management and ability to work in fast-paced environment while managing multiple tasks
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and collaboratively
  • Proactive and willing to take initiative, leadership skills preferred
  • 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
  • Reporting: This position reports to the Head of Program and Partnerships, SDG Academy
  • Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package
  • Travel: This position may require some domestic and international travel (not to exceed 15% of total time)

Applicants must have prior legal authorization to work in the US.

Candidates interested in the position should send a resume, a cover letter, and a short writing sample (no longer than 3 pages) to Please include the name of the position in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs gives Keynote Address at HLPF Opening Session

10. Juli 2018 - 20:42

The 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) will take place in New York from July 9 to 18. HLPF is the official forum to review progress towards the SDGs, and the 2018 HLPF will focus particularly on SDGs 6 (water), 7 (energy), 11 (cities), 12 (consumption & production), 15 (terrestrial ecosystems), and 17 (partnership). Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN and Special Advisor to the SG on the SDGs, gave a keynote address during the Opening & Scene Setting portion of the HLPF.

Professor Sachs’ remarks begin at 32:35 minutes.

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How to mobilise young people to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals

10. Juli 2018 - 19:34

By Siamak Sam Loni and Angela Riviere

Today, more than half the population on the planet is under the age of 30—the biggest generation of children and young people that the world has ever seen. Through their creativity, energy and idealism, young people can bring about generational change, which can challenge the status quo and achieve positive outcomes—rapidly. Young people can help build a new system, one founded on sharing knowledge and cooperating across borders. As such, the lifestyles (values, attitudes, behaviours) and capabilities (knowledge and skills) of this generation will come to define the world in 2030 and far beyond. More than ever, young people are becoming aware of the enormous stake they have in defining and addressing global challenges—income inequality, climate change, conflict and poverty. They have an important role to play as a driving force for change.

What kind of world could today’s young people build?

One preferred future is outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 objectives—negotiated and agreed to by all 193 world governments in 2015—envision a future in which we have eradicated poverty, protected the planet and ensured that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They are considered by many experts to be the most important agenda of the 21st century because they highlight both the challenges and opportunities for the next 15 years.

What are IB World Schools doing to help young people prepare for a future that is filled with both threat and promise?

Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Youth), says:

“Education has the power to help overcome many of these complex issues, and IB students are particularly well placed to respond. Their programmes of study equip them with the knowledge required to understand and engage with the SDGs as informed global citizens; they share a philosophy and mission that leads them to care about the SDGs, and a range of engagement activities that encourage them to transform this into action.”

Programme development staff in the IB’s Hague Global Centre recently met with Sam to hear about some of the initiatives being undertaken to engage young people globally in the challenges of sustainable development.

After meeting with IB staff and learning more about the four IB programmes, Sam was not surprised why so many of the young leaders he works with are IB alumni. He said, “The mission and ethos of the IB aligns perfectly with the philosophy of the SDGs. IB World Schools offer their students an education that is global, multidisciplinary and strives for a better world. Similarly, the SDGs are a universal and holistic agenda that aim to create more prosperous and inclusive societies by 2030. With 4,750 schools in more than 150 countries, 1 million students and a massive alumni network, the IB and IB students have the potential to make a significant impact on the SDGs. The innovative programmes and dynamic learning environments of IB World Schools allow for an easy and effective alignment to SDGs.”

“For example, the community project in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and creativity, activity, service (CAS) and service learning projects in the Diploma and Career-relatedProgrammes, could easily be transformed to explicitly align with the SDG framework. This would also help learning outcomes as it would give student projects a clear framework of action—making it easier for students to choose a project, understand/evaluate its impact on their society and report its outcomes against global objectives.”

Here at the IB, we are continuing our conversation with SDSN Youth (part of Sustainable Development Solutions Network), exploring potential teacher support materials, curriculum development, and guidance for schools. Many IB World Schools are already involved. How is your school helping students understand and engage with the 2030 SDGs? There are lots of ways that you can share your learning stories with us: Post a comment below, email us, start a discussion within the programmes communities via My IB, on Twitter including @iborganization and @SDSNYouthAnd we are very excited about the #generationIB event coming up this September, find out more on their website.


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Poor Implementation: Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

9. Juli 2018 - 9:00





Three years after adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by all UN member states, new and improved data provide insights into countries’ challenges and the steps they are taking to pursue the SDGs. So far only few G20 countries have taken decisive action to meet the goals. Many countries are making rapid progress, but overall the world risks falling short of achieving the goals by 2030.

New York / Gütersloh, 9 July 2018. Three years after the historic UN summit in New York, where all UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report introduces the first ever assessment of government efforts to achieve the goals. The analysis shows that no country is on track to achieve all goals by 2030. Furthermore, the report sheds light on the implementation mechanisms undertaken by the G20 countries. Brazil, Mexico and Italy have taken the most significant steps among G20 countries to achieve the goals, illustrated for instance by the existence of SDG strategies or coordination units in governments. Yet, the implementation gaps in G20 countries remain large since only India and Germany have partially undertaken an assessment of investment needs. No G20 country has fully aligned its national budget with the SDGs. According to the data, the United States and the Russian Federation have taken the least action on implementing the goals.

The 2018 edition of the SDG Report “Global Responsibilities – Implementing the Goals” is the third edition of the annual stocktaking of SDG progress provided by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDG Index – a composite measure of progress across all goals – is led by Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. These countries are currently on the best way to achieve the goals, but still more efforts are needed to reach them by 2030. Germany and France are the only G7 countries among the top ten performers. The United States ranks 35th on the Index, while China and the Russian Federation rank 54th and 63rd respectively. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic rank last. Due to the inclusion of new data in this year’s Index, countries’ performance cannot be compared to last year’s SDG Index scores.

G20 countries need to strengthen their efforts

For the first time, the report presents trend data on how fast countries are progressing towards the goals. The authors estimate whether based on historic rates of progress a country is likely to achieve a particular SDG. Overall, most countries are making progress towards the SDGs, though progress is slowest on some of the environmental goals. Whereas many high-income countries have almost completely eradicated extreme poverty or hunger they obtain their lowest scores on goals like “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action” or “life below water”. Low-income countries however have made significant progress towards ending extreme poverty or access to health and education services. Still, poorer countries tend to lack adequate infrastructure and mechanisms to manage key environmental issues. Therefore, their overall scores remain significantly lower than those of high-income countries.

The report includes detailed 2-pages country profiles on SDG progress for all 193 member states of the United Nations. The profiles show performance on every indicator considered for this report. For some countries, the profiles show large data gaps, which need to be closed through increased investments in SDG data.

Joint action is needed to achieve the global goals

“Once again, the Northern European countries come out on top of the SDG index, and the poorest countries come out at the bottom. The implications are clear: The social-market philosophy of a mixed economy that balances the market, social justice and green economy is the route to the SDGs. Countries trapped in extreme poverty need more help from the rest of the world”, says Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN.

“The report shows the crucial role of the G20 countries for fulfilling the global goals. Rich countries need to act as role models and must reduce their negative spillover effects while providing effective means to integrate the goals into national action plans”, says Aart De Geus, CEO and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

“Improvements made to the 2018 SDG Index, including the reporting of trend data and data for all 193 UN member countries, respond to requests and comments received from governments and stakeholders around the world. Seeing whether a country is on track to achieving the SDGs will help governments, business, and civil society identify the greatest priorities for action“ says Guido Schmidt-Traub, Scientific Co-Director of SDG Index (SDSN).

“Our comprehensive analysis shows that the historic SDGs have successfully made their way into the political process in many countries. But our calculations and projections also indicate that countries will miss many of the SDGs if they do not up their game. The particular challenges of rich and poor countries may differ but what they have in common is the need to change current policies” says Christian Kroll, Scientific Co-Director of SDG Index (Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Disclaimer: Any views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization, agency or programme of the United Nations.

About the study

The study was written by experts of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, under the lead authorship of UN Special Advisor and world-renowned economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. The SDG Index and Dashboard collect available data for all 193 UN member states and assess where each country stands in 2018 with regard to achieving the SDGs. The SDG Index ranks countries based on their overall performance across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG Dashboards use a traffic-light chart to assess where a country stands on each of the 17 SDGs. SDSN is a global network of knowledge institutions to support SDG implementation at local, national, and global scales. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is one of the largest foundations in Germany. It works to promote social inclusion for everyone, and is committed to advancing this goal through programs that improve education, shape democracy, advance society, promote health, vitalize culture and strengthen economies.


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