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United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Earth Institute Jeffrey Sachs developed the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) under the auspices of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The project was affiliated with the Columbia Global Policy Initiative in 2013. This “knowledge network” on sustainable development 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. The Earth Institute houses the secretariat of the SDSN and its scientists play a core role in the global network.

Policy Goals

  • Create and expand a sustainable development “knowledge network” made up of hundreds of universities worldwide that work together to advance cutting-edge solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development
  • 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
  • The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and a diverse set of backgrounds to participate in the running of the network while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision making and accountability

Support from Ted Turner; Dubai Expo 2020; Gross Family; Jessie Palmer; EDF; Lenfest Endowment; Sida; Postkod Lottery; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Switzerland; and IDDRI

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