The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development.

The SDSN is committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs, including the Paris Climate Agreement, at the local, national and global level. In their respective countries and regions, SDSN’s networks of universities, research centres, and other knowledge institutions translate the latest expertise in sustainable development into action by:

  • Localizing and mobilizing support for the SDGs, including supporting governments in understanding and addressing the challenges of sustainable development;
  • Promoting high-quality education and research collaboration for sustainable development; and
  • Vetting and launching solution initiatives, including supporting the preparation of long-term pathways.

The SDSN has operated under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General since 2012. It is now led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and has secretariat offices in New York and Paris.

Alongside its National and Regional Networks, SDSN’s work is supported by and based upon its Thematic Networks and Working Groups:

  1. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
  2. Climate and Energy (including the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project and the ‘Roadmap to 2050: A Manual for Nations to Decarbonize by Mid-Century’ project)
  3. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
  4. Health for All
  5. Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land and Energy (FABLE)
  6. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  7. SDG Financing Initiative
  8. Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS)
  9. The World in 2050 (TWI2050)
  10. SDG Index and Monitoring
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