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Sustainable Development Solutions Network


The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network was launched in August 2012 to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in August 2012. The network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development at local, national, and global scales. The secretariat of the UN group is housed by Columbia University in the City of New York and Columbia Global Centers | Europe.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, directs the Solutions Network. Laurence Tubiana, director of IDDRI and professor at Sciences Po (France), and Xue Lan, professor and dean of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in China, co-chair the Leadership Council. Ted Turner, global business leader, philanthropist and founder of CNN and the United Nations Foundation, is a founding member of the Leadership Council.

The Solutions Network will work closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions and other international organizations, and will provide technical support to a High-level Panel formed to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals.

The network has established thematic groups to support global problem solving in critical areas such as poverty eradication, gender equality, universal access to healthcare, the transition to low carbon energy, and more resilient cities. Over the coming months, the Solutions Network will hold a series of regional meetings with heads of state, business leaders, scientists, researchers and academic experts in Nairobi, Paris, Berlin, Malaysia and Beijing.

The secretariat of the Solutions Network at the Paris Center is presided by Executive Director Guido Schmidt-Traub.

In 2013 Professor Jeffrey Sachs launhced the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for China at The Eco Forum Global Conference in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, together with Tsinghua University Professor Lan Xue, who is also an Advisory Board member of our Columbia Global Center| East Asia.


  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Global Sustainable Development in the Earth Institute
  • Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
  • University Professor