SDSN Russia

Collaboration of RANEPA and SDSN


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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) -
is a platform to develop and promote sustainable development solutions The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The director of SDSN is Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the three most influential economists of the last decade, according to The Economist. Professor Sachs has a large number of awards, including a prize "The Blue Planet" of 2015 "for the significant contribution to the solution of global environmental problems".

SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise, together with the business community efforts, - to promote practical solutions for sustainable development at local, national and global levels.

SDSN brings together universities, research centers, non-governmental organizations, that deal with sustainable development issues. The network is focused on non-profit activities. The scope of activities carried out by SDSN, embraces low-carbon economy and sustainable industries, sustainable agriculture and food systems, forests, oceans and biodiversity, ecosystems, sustainable smart cities, the role of business in sustainable development, etc.

SDSN national offices already operate in more than 80 countries, uniting more than 500 organizations. The head office of SDSN Russia is based in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), in the Centre for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment.

SDSN Russia Secretariat

The head of SDSN Russia is Vladimir Mau, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Honoured Economist of the Russian Federation, Rector of RANEPA
The manager of SDSN Russia is Vera Barinova, PhD, Deputy Head of the Center for Economic Modelling of Energy and Environment at RANEPA.
The coordinator of SDSN Youth in Russia is Tatiana Lanshina, Research Associate of the Center for Economic Modelling of Energy and Environment at RANEPA.

SDG research at RANEPA Institute of Applied Economic Research (IAER)

The Institute of Applied Economic Research (IAER) is the leading structural division of RANEPA, engaged in research work since it was established in 2003. In 2017, it included 32 research teams (centers and labs) that conducted fundamental and applied research in economic, social and human sciences. IAER also provides expert support to the government authorities of the Russian Federation.
Studies of many IAER centers and laboratories are closely related to sustainable development issues. These centers and laboratories include:

  • Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment,
  • Center for Lifelong Learning Economics,
  • Center for Agricultural and Food Policy,
  • Center for Agricultural Research,
  • Laboratory of Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Laboratory of Economic Growth Issues
  • Laboratory for Industry Markets and Infrastructure Research,
  • Center for Regional Studies and Urban Studies,
  • Center for Regional Development Strategies, etc.

SDSN Russia members

SDSN Russia includes Russia’s leading universities, non-profit organizations and associations of individuals, focused on achieving SDGs in Russia:

  • WWF Russia
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (Faculty of Economics)
  • International Centre of Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
  • Open School of Sustainable Development
  • “International Partnership and Cooperation” regional public organization
  • Russian-German Bureau of Ecological Information (RNEI)
  • St. Petersburg State University (Institute of Earth Sciences)
  • Russian Carbon Fund
  • Efficient Energy Use Center
  • Environmental Investments Center

In 2017, ten more organizations applied for membership; the number of SDSN Russia member organizations almost doubled in 2018.

SDSN Youth in Russia

In 2015, SDSN established a youth division. SDSN Youth promotes SDG awareness among young people and involves them in respective initiatives. Students and young specialists take part in the preparation of international reports on various aspects of SDG, in international discussions on sustainable development, in educational activities and innovative practical projects.
The SDSN Youth team currently includes 140 people (excluding volunteers) from 35 countries, including students from Harvard and Oxford universities, London School of Economics, Paris Institute of Political Studies, Monash University and Columbia University, as well as young professionals working in international relations, sustainable development and environmental consulting.
In November 2017, SDSN Youth launched the SDSN Youth Russia Ambassadors project. This project has two goals:

  • Involve students and young professionals in Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) awareness projects among young people;
  • Support talented young people in the development and implementation of sustainable development solutions.Students and young professionals who want to join the project receive the status of SDSN Youth Russia Ambassadors and take part in the research projects of the Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment. They take courses at the SDG Academy, gain and improve their public speaking and organizational skills, and develop their own volunteer projects in sustainable development.

SDSN membership benefits

  • Promotion of SDSN Russia participants internationally, among organizations and individuals, engaged in sustainable development projects (UN General Assembly, high-level meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, OECD Development Committee meetings);
  • Promotion high-quality education and research collaboration for sustainable development, according to best international practices;
  • Participation in the process of raising awareness about sustainable development agenda in Russia;
  • Participation in the development of recommendations for political decision-making;
  • Participation in resolving national problems, promoting practical projects under the SDSN brand, globalizing of local projects and implementing them at the international level, localizing (Solutions Initiatives);
  • International cooperation with SDSN partner organizations in the field of education, research, training;
  • Ability to use affiliation with SDSN to mobilize financial resources (fundraising).

How to join?

SDSN membership is free. You can submit the application form at
Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.


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