SDSN – May 2017 Highlights

Tsinghua University SDG Institute Launched

In collaboration with the SDSN the university has launched the first institute in China dedicated to the SDGs. The institute underscores China’s commitment to support the SDGs at national and international levels.

SDSN Northern Europe: Oceans Solutions Report Released at the Solution Initiative Forum (SIF) Oceans in Gothenburg, Sweden, this compilation of innovative SDG 14 solutions focuses on four key areas: litter, energy, aquaculture, and pollution. The submitted ideas show that sustainable use of our ocean is indeed possible.

11th Meeting of the SDSN Leadership Council & T20 Summit The Leadership Council meeting in Berlin, Germany, on 30 & 31 May was hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the ESMT. It was organized in collaboration with the T20 Summit, which featured two SDSN-hosted side events on the role of religion in global problem solving and on the SDGs and oceans. The T20 and SDSN agreed to partner on future work on long-term transformation pathways. Professor Jeffrey Sachs delivered a passionate speech calling on all G20 countries to actively support the SDGs. SDSN’s National and Regional network staff participated in a capacity building and training event with generous support from GIZ.

SDG Localization Event in the Andean Region On 5 May, the Andean chapter of the SDSN held a high-level meeting of 23 SDSN member organizations and special guests. The event was hosted by the Secretariat of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), located in Quito, Ecuador.

SDG Academy: Launch of New Climate Action MOOC; Return of Two MOOC Favorites On 19 June, the SDG Academy will launch its newest course, Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet, on solutions to reduce global GHG emissions. Due to unprecedented popularity, they will also be bringing back the Sustainable Cities and One Planet – One Ocean MOOCs. Enroll by 31 May and 14 June, respectively.

Launch of the Amazon Solutions Platform The SDSN Amazonia launched the Amazon Solutions Platform on 29 May at the Impact Hub Berlin. The platform aims to to geo-reference the best practices of regional stakeholders and promote local understanding of sustainable development.