What we do in SDSNPrint
1. International discussion on sustainable development
The work of SDSN is focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development implementation.
SDSN is engaged in global discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including support to countries in the development of their national priorities.
The network produces analytical materials focused on practical aspects of SDG implementation, such as:
- Getting Started with SDG Implementation, 2015;
- Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities, 2016;
- Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities, 2017.
Since 2016, SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung have been assessing countries' performance on achieving the SDGs by comprising the SDG Index and Dashboards Reports, which allows not only to compare different countries but also to prioritize some certain SDGs at the national level. The index methodology is available at http://sdgindex.org/.
Representatives of the network from all over the world meet twice a year to contribute their suggestions regarding the SDSN development strategy, share the results of their work and find new research and cooperation partners.
Communication is supported through a specially developed online-platform Mobilize, where SDSN members share news, documents and reports and invite experts to join their activities. The platform also has a discussion forum and an online chat.
The platform regularly publishes interviews with the most active participants of national and regional SDSN networks.
2. Meeting the challenges of sustainable development at local, national and regional levels
SDSN participants can simultaneously belong to one or more national and regional branches of the network, depending on their professional interests and areas of activity. This allows them to form groups in a more efficient way, taking into account their qualifications.
The practical problems are solved through SDSN Solutions Initiatives. Most of these initiatives are developed by the participants themselves, and the whole global network then works on projects, proposed at the national level.
SDSN Thematic Groups provide access to the results of the researches and project work.
Key projects 2015 – 2021:
- Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP)
The project resulted in a number of national low-carbon development pathways to 2050, considering the need to limit global warming to limit global warming to 2°C or less. The DDPP framework has been developed and utilized by a consortium led by The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). It included research teams representing 16 countries which account for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
It currently consists of scientific research teams from leading research institutions in sixteen of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitting countries.
- Low-Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi)
The project was launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) with the support of SDSN and the International Energy Agency (IEA). It focuses on the acceleration of the development and diffusion of low-carbon technologies.
- The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land and Energy Project: Pathways for Sustainable Land Use (FABLE)
SDSN and IIASA launched the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Initiative to develop consistent global and national pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems by 2050.
3. Fundraising under the SDSN brand together with other members of the network.
The SDSN team supports the mobilization of resources for the Solutions Initiatives programs, national and regional SDSN departments and other initiatives.
National branches can provide member organizations with letters of support, which acknowledge the importance and the global value of their projects and initiatives.
Information on tenders, grants and educational courses, available for SDSN members, is published weekly on the Mobilize platform.
4. Educational courses on Sustainable Development
SDSN together with its partners offers high-quality holistic and affordable educational courses for students.
Course materials on sustainable development are free and available online at the SDG Academy platform. There are currently 19 available courses, including those on healthcare systems, climate change, agriculture and food safety, sustainable investment, etc.
One of the newest courses, available from September 2017, is "Macroeconomics for a sustainable planet". The courses are taught by leading Sustainable Development experts, including Professor Jeffrey Sachs.
SDG Academy also provides webinars with SDSN Leadership Council representatives, they are available at http://unsdsn.org/what-we-do/education-initiatives/.
5. SDSN Youth
SDSN Youth was established in 2015.
SDSN Youth educates young people on SDGs and engages them in various initiatives in this area. Students and young professionals participate in the international reports preparations and international discussions on SDGs, in educational activities and implementation of practical innovative projects.
The SDSN Youth team currently comprises 140 members (excluding volunteers) from 35 countries, among them students of Harvard and Oxford Universities, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, Monash and Columbia University, as well as young experts in international relations, sustainable development and environmental consulting.
SDSN Youth is working on several global initiatives, the most significant are the following:
- Know Your Goals,
- Youth Solutions Report,
- Vatican Youth Symposium,
- Twenty Thirty,
- Global Schools,
- Local Pathways.
The 2017 Know your Goals campaign engaged over 15 thousand people that attended 120 events in 44 countries. Several events took place in Russia: workshops and seminars on sustainable development at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students and at the 5th St. Petersburg International Youth Forum.
SDSN Youth is represented in more than 150 committees, working groups and expert groups, including the UN Youth working group, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, etc.
More than 400 presentations and events have been prepared and delivered by the Youth Networks, as well as 250 reports, articles and blogs published. SDSN Youth contributed to such global projects as the SDG Index, DDDP, World Happiness Report.