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                            IN ACTION
Introduction to the SDSN
                                                                                              and the Networks Program

Photo: Tobias Koch © Global Solutions
                                                                                                    he Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
                                                                                                    mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to
                                                                                                    promote practical problem solving for sustainable devel-
                                                                                              opment. The SDSN has operated under the auspices of the UN
                                                                                              Secretary General since 2012. We are committed to supporting
                                                                                              the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global
                                           Prof. Sachs gives the keynote at the 2017 Global
                                           Solutions Conference.
                                                                                              SDSN mobilizes the academic community to translate the
                                                                                              latest expertise in sustainable development into action. To this
                                                                                              end, we are building a global network of universities, research
                                                                                              centers, and other knowledge institutions focusing on:
                                        Universities are critical for the success of the
                                                                                                   RR Providing and mobilizing support for the SDGs;
                                        Sustainable Development Goals, through
                                                                                                   RR Promoting practical Solutions Initiatives and long-term
                                        their teaching programs, research activities,
                                        and powerful ability to convene leaders of                    ­pathways for sustainable development;
                                        government, civil society, academia and                    RR Promoting high-quality education and research collabora-
                                        business to collaborate on SDG solutions.                      tion for sustainable development;
                                        It is deeply gratifying to see the SDSN’s                  RR Supporting governments in understanding and
                                        national and regional chapters and its                         addressing the ­challenges of sustainable development.
                                        thematic networks leading in these ways
                                        around the world. This year’s report on The           Spanning six continents, the SDSN Networks Program draws
                                        SDSN Networks in Action 2018 is inspiring             upon the knowledge and educational capacity of over
                                        and informative. We learn how the SDSN                800 member institutions. This report presents our unique
                                        networks are creating new online courses,
                                                                                              global network of problem solvers and their contributions to
                                        educating their students and the general
                                                                                              addressing the world’s most pressing problems.
                                        public, working with governments, engaging
                                        and empowering young people, and offering
                                        innovative solutions for the SDGs. We need a
                                        global mobilization of energies, knowledge,
                                        and organizations to achieve the SDGs; the
                                        inspiring accounts in this year’s report will help
                                        us to find the path forward.
                                        Prof. Jeffrey Sachs,

                                        Director of the SDSN and Special Advisor to the UN
                                        Secretary-General on the SDGs

                                                                                                                                           SDSN Networks in Action 2018   1
Contents                                                                                                                                                                                            Australia, New Zealand
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                                    RRPage 14

Mission-led Research                Our Thematic Networks
and Innovation in Support           RRPage 63
of the Sustainable                  Unique Opportunities
Development Goals                   for our Networks
RRPage 4
                                    RRPage 69
Our National and Regional           SDSN Member Organizations                                                      Japan
                                                                                                                   RRPage 34                                   Philippines
Networks                            RRPage 75
                                                                                                                                                               RRPage 44
RRPage 9                                                                                                                                    South Korea
                                                                                                                                            RRPage 54
                                                                                                                                                           Hong-Kong                     RRPage 30
                                                                                                                                                           RRPage 28

                                                                                                                                                           Southeast Asia
                                                                                                                                                           RRPage 52

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                                                                                             RRPage 18                    Russia                                       South Asia
                                                                                                                          RRPage 46                                    RRPage 50

                                                                     RRPage 20

                                                                                                              Northern Europe
                                                                                                              RRPage 42
                                                                                                                                               RRPage 60
                                       RRPage 12                                                                                Switzerland
                                                                                                               Germany          RRPage 58
                                                                                                               RRPage 22                    Greece
                                                                                                                                            RRPage 26
                                                     Amazônia                                                                      Italia
                                                     RRPage 10
                                                                                                                                   RRPage 32                                       Great lakes
                                                                                                                                                                                   RRPage 24
                                         Brazil                                                               Spain          RRPage 38
                                         RRPage 16                                                            RRPage 56
                                                                                                                                         Sahel                Nigeria
                                                                                                                                         RRPage 48
                                                                                                                                                              RRPage 40
                                                                 The Fuller Projection Map is the only flat
                                                                 map of the entire surface of the Earth
                                                                 which reveals our planet as one island in
                                                                 one ocean, without any visually obvious
                                                                 distortion of the relative shape and sizes
                                                                 of the land areas, and without splitting
                                                                 any continents. It was developed by
                                                                 R. Buckminster Fuller in 1954.

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Political Agenda Setting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Civic Engagement

Mission-led Research                                                                                                                                             GRAND

and Innovation in Support

of the Sustainable Development                                                                                                                   MISSION                           MISSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clear Targetted

                                                                                                                                  MISSION                           MISSION

                                                                                                                                 PROJECTS                          PROJECTS
      he world is afflicted by problems that people expe-     Today’s missions are more complex, or ‘wicked’, than
      rience in their daily lives: dirty air in congested     going to the moon. This is at the heart of what Dick                                                                                        Portfolio of projects
      cities, a lack of access to digital technologies that   Nelson meant in his excellent work on The Moon and the                                                                                        and bottom-up
improve public services, and diseases like cancer or          Ghetto, where he asked how it could be that we got a man                                                                                     experimentation
obesity that continue to afflict millions of people across    to the moon and back, and have not been able to solve
the globe. What is the relationship between these prob-       key issues around inequality, such as the persistence of                               MISSION
lems and the dynamics of science, research and innova-        ghettos. Wicked problems require more attention to ways                               PROJECTS
tion? Of course, we all recognize that science is needed      in which social issues interact with political and techno-
to produce medicines, but what is the role of research        logical issues, the need for smart regulation, and the crit-
and innovation in producing a more ‘caring’ society           ical feedback processes across the entire innovation chain.
and solutions to health care systems? Similarly, while                                                                                                                                        The figure above illustrates the movement
we know that science is needed for the emergence of           This is not about a box-ticking exercise to solve one                                                                          from broad challenges to specific missions
renewable energy, what is the role of research and inno-      problem after another. Rather this is a way to steer                                                                           based on Mazzucato (2017)
vation in producing economies that are more sustainable       economic growth in more meaningful ways. Indeed, in a
in their production, distribution and even consumption        historical period in which business investment is lagging,
patterns? And how can we use innovation to build cities       missions also provide more excitement about where
that are more enjoyable to live in?                           economic growth opportunities might lie. By setting
                                                              missions that require different sectors to work together,it    No one size fits all                                         Granularity: between a project and a challenge
In fact, most of the ‘smart’ products we have in our          is possible to create instruments that reward those busi-      Missions come in different shapes and sizes. There is no     Global challenges have been expressed as 17 SDGs.
bags and pockets came from investments that were              nesses willing and able to co-invest alongside invest-         one-size-fits-all definition of what a mission should be     193 countries have signed up to these inspirational goals;
more far reaching than a simple ‘science push’ expla-         ments by member states and other supranational bodies.         and how it should be structured. In some areas, a mission    hence, they provide an excellent opportunity to move
nation provides. They came from the ability to connect        It is not about subsidies, but about co-investments along      should trigger action to speed up progress in the devel-     forward with mission-oriented thinking. They must be
science to solving concrete problems — missions! The          the entire innovation chain. And while tax incentives (and     opment of technologies to increase their societal impact.    taken seriously as an obligation to future generations
internet was not discovered as an ex-ante objective, but      cuts) might increase profits, they often don’t increase        In other areas, the mission should drive a systemic          and for global prosperity, but also as opportunities to
to solve the problem that scientists had in the late 1960s    investment. Mission-oriented policies can, if designed         change. Most likely, ambitious missions that have the        steer investment led growth. Addressing the challenges
of how to allow multiple computers to communicate on          appropriately, catalyze expectations about new opportu-        potential to have wide societal impact will need a combi-    around health and the environment must not be seen as
a single network. This led to the creation of ARPANET         nities and in so doing catalyze cross-sectoral investments     nation of both, but their characteristics may differ.2       a trade-off with economic growth. Rather they present
(Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) funded            which can also better balance economies that are often                                                                      a means to focus on opportunities for investment-led
by the U.S. Department of Defense, and later the Internet     too skewed toward particular areas. They can create more       When developing a new mission, the art lies in learning      growth — crowding in activity across actors. In addition,
that connects all of our smart products today.                additionality —making investments happen that would            from past experience. Putting old wine in new bottles        targets must be set so that progression to achieving
                                                              not have otherwise.                                            won’t work.3 We must allow missions to genuinely             such challenges is as serious as the goal setting itself.
Today we have the opportunity to direct innovation in                                                                        interact with the new types of complex problems socie-
similar problem-solving ways, as bold as the moon shot        Societal relevance                                             ties face, as well as incorporating the new knowledge we     The SDGs, Societal Challenges or Focus Areas are useful
program was but instead aimed at the multiple social          A mission must have societal relevance, such as the            have on how innovation comes about into their design: it     to ensure focus, but for the most part remain too broad
and technological challenges we have, such as achieving       ability to improve health or nutrition. Research and inno-     is serendipitous, non-linear and very high risk.             to be actionable. On the other end of the spectrum,
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thereby             vation missions should aim to improve society’s welfare.                                                                    concrete research and innovation projects often have
addressing the urgent need to create societies that are       This will require dedicated framing. For example, a            Selecting missions that matter to society and stimulate      clear objectives and are actionable, but remain largely
more just and sustainable. A mission approach will help       mission on quantum computing could have strong soci-           innovation across multiple sectors is a highly complex       isolated in their impacts if not clearly linked to their
steer investments towards tackling challenges using a         etal impact if it is framed in terms of the potential to       task. Successful missions must meet the following five       ability to address global challenges and achieve societal
more focused problem-solving lens.                            enhance cyber security, improve industrial processes, or       criteria:                                                    impact.
                                                              support the development of new types of health care            1) be bold and address issues of societal value,
Problems are more specific than challenges, yet can still     services. At the same time, the innovative spillovers that     2) formulate concrete targets that demonstrate mission       Research and innovation missions thus sit between
require solutions that are much broader than a specific       might result along the way may not be known before-            achievement,                                                 broad challenges and concrete projects. Missions set
technology or a sector. Indeed, the moon mission              hand and can have unforeseen applications. Indeed,             3) involve research and innovation to ensure technical       clear and ambitious objectives that can only be achieved
required many different sectors to be involved — from         most of the technologies in our smart products today —         readiness over a specific time frame,                        through a portfolio of research and innovation projects
aerospace to textiles, and many different actors to work      from the Internet to GPS — emerged as spillovers from          4) be cross-sectoral, cross-actor, and cross-disciplinary,   and supportive measures, such as policy interventions,
together on multiple solutions.                               missions of the past.1                                         5) provide multiple competing solutions.                     deployment actions and involvement of end-users.

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by multiple actors, stimulating cross-discipline academic                                      Nelson’s work on The Moon and the Ghetto asked the
                                                                                                                                                    work, with a strong focus on the intersection between                                          demanding question of why innovation has resulted
                                                                                                                                                    natural sciences, formal sciences, social sciences and                                         in achieving difficult feats, and yet continues to be so
                                                                                                                                                    humanities; collaborations across different industries;                                        terribly disorganised and technologically unsavvy in
                                                                            CLEAN OCEANS                                                            and new forms of partnerships between the public                                               dealing with the more “earthly” problems of poverty,
                                                                                                                                                    sector, the private sector, and civil society organisa-                                        illiteracy, and the emergence of ghettos and slums.4 He
                                                                                                                                                    tions. Innovation itself is often characterised by feed-                                       argued that while politics was partly the culprit, the real
                                                                                                                                                    back effects, trial and error, and serendipity (the search                                     problem was that a purely scientific and technological
                                                                                                                                                    for one thing leads to the discovery of another) - picking                                     solution could not solve such problems.
                                                                                                                                                    missions that have different possibilities for solutions will
                                                                                                                                                    enhance the innovation dynamic itself.                                                         There is thus a greater need to combine understandings
                                                                      A PLASTIC FREE OCEAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of sociology, politics, economics and technology to solve
                                                                                                                                                    New conversations between fundamental and                                                      these problems, as well as to make the conscious deci-
                                                          Reduction of 90% of plastics entering the marine
                                                       enironment and collection of more than half of plastics                                      applied research                                                                               sion to point innovation towards them. This is exactly
                                                        present in our oceans, seas and coastal ares by 2025                                        Missions are not about prioritising applied research and                                       what a well-designed mission can achieve and what
Grand Challenges
                                                                                                                                                    innovation over basic fundamental research. Rather, they                                       the SDSN Networks are well positioned to help bring
                                                                                                                                                    are a new way to frame the conversations between the                                           about. The SDSN Networks are already bringing those
                                                                                                                                                    two, galvanising new forms of collaboration. Missions are                                      knowledge disciplines together and helping to trans-
                                                                                                                                                    also a new way to think about the dynamic interactions                                         form universities so that they will be ready to work in a
                            Chemical Industry    Social Innovation               Biotech                 Human health                 Marine life   between enabling horizontal policies (framework policies                                       coordinated, transversal way. This involves helping them
                                                                                                                                                    around e.g. education, skills, training, research and inno-                                    to align their incentives to develop a culture of thinking
                                                 AI Technology               Design sector           Waste management                               vation) and more directed vertical policies (e.g. health,                                      outside of the box so that working across disciplines to
                                                                                                                                                    environment, energy). Instead of using vertical policies                                       connect natural and social sciences becomes common-
       Mission                                                                                                                                      to pick sectors or technologies, the vertical aspect of                                        place, and innovative alliances using the entire research
                                                                                                                                                    missions picks the problem. The solution is then reached                                       and value chain can be harnessed in the pursuit of
                                                                                                                                                    by stimulating multiple sectors and multiple forms of                                          solving today’s most difficult global challenges.
                                           Autonomous ocean                                                   Plastic and micro                     cross-actor collaborations to work to address those
                                           stations to remove                                                 plastic digestion                     problems using the entire research and innovation value
                                            plastic pollution                                                    mechanism                          chain, from fundamental research to applied research
                                                                              Re-usable and                                                         and cutting-edge innovation.
 Area of interest
                                                                           biodegradable plastic
 & cross-sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mariana Mazzucato
                                                                                                      Image recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is a Professor in the Economics of Innovation and
                                                 Re-use of packing items                           and deep learning waste
                                                  through personalised                              separation system for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is the Founder and
                                                   collection services                              domestic and marine                                                                           Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is
     R&I Projects                                                                                                                                                                                 winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thought, and was named as one of the 3 most important thinkers about
                                                                                                                                                                                                  innovation by the New Republic. She advises policy makers around the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; SITRA’s Advisory Panel
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Finland, and is a Special Advisor on mission oriented innovation for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.
                                                                                              The figure above provides an example of the
                                                                                             intersectoral participation required to achieve
                                                                                             a mission aimed at a clean, plastic-free ocean                                                       FIND OUT MORE:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mariana Mazzucato:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union highly
                                                                                                                                                                                                  influential report published in 2018.
Missions should be broad enough to engage the public                       in new materials, research on the health impacts from
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy a new book
and attract cross-sectoral investment, yet remain                          microplastics, behavioural research and innovation
                                                                                                                                                                                                  which argues that reforming capitalism requires rewarding value creation over
focussed enough to involve industry and achieve meas-                      to improve recycling or drive public engagement in
urable success. By setting the direction for a solution,                   cleaning up beaches. Each of these areas can be broken                                                                 value extraction.
missions do not specify how to achieve success. Rather,                    down into particular projects.                                                                                         • The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths Financial
they stimulate the development of a range of different                                                                                                                                            Times 2013 book of the year which examines the role of state investments in
solutions to achieve the objective. As such, a mission can                 Fostering experimentation                                                                                              catalyzing radical innovation.
make a significant and concrete contribution to meeting                    Missions must be chosen. Yet their success will depend
an SDG or Societal Challenge.                                              on the bottom-up processes that nurture innova-
                                                                           tion while getting there. A culture of experimentation
For example, SDG 14 ‘Conserve and sustainably use the                      and risk-taking is a crucial element in the philosophy
oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable devel-                   of missions. There must be incentives to think outside
opment’ could be broken down into various missions,                        the box to come up with new solutions to address the                     1. Mazzucato, M. (2013). The Entrepreneurial State:            3. Mowery, D.C., Nelson, R. R. and Martin, B. (2010).        4. Nelson, R.R. (2011). The Moon and the Ghetto
                                                                                                                                                       debunking public vs. private sector myths. London:             Technology policy and global warming: Why new                Revisited, Science and Public Policy, 38(9), pp.
such as ‘a plastic-free ocean’. This could stimulate                       mission’s objective. This requires a portfolio approach,                    Anthem Press, UK.                                              policy models are needed (or why putting new wine            681–690. Available at:
                                                                                                                                                    2. Foray, D., Mowery, D.C., and Nelson, R. R. (2012). Public      in old bottles won’t work). Research Policy, 39(8), pp. (Accessed: 12 February
research and innovation in means to clear plastic waste                    based on different solutions, and a broad range of                          R&D and social challenges: What lessons from mission           1011- 1023.                                                  2018).
from oceans, or in reducing use of plastics, innovation                    different interactions. The objective should be addressed                   R&D programs? Research Policy, 41(10), pp. 1697–1902.

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Our National
                                   and Regional
                                   SDSN’s National and Regional networks promote
                                   the localization and implementation of the SDGs,
                                   develop long-term transformation pathways, provide
                                   education for sustainable development, and launch
                                   solution initiatives to address challenges. Each
                                   network focuses on distinct projects and priorities in
                                   line with their local contexts and challenges.

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                                                                                                                                                                SDSN Amazônia
                                                                                                                                                                Hosted by Fundação Amazonas Sustentável                                               w
                                                                                                                                                                RRManaus, Brazil                                                                         @sdsnamazonia

                                                                                                                                                                      DSN Amazônia is hosted by               reflect on, and take action in          Amazon Solutions Platform
                                                                                                                                                                      the Amazonas Sustainable                the field of sustainable develop-       The Amazon Solutions Platform,
                                                                                                                                                                      Foundation (FAS). The                   ment. Participants learn from local     developed by SDSN Amazônia and
                                                                                                                                                                Amazônia network coordinates                  community leaders, sustainability       supported by UN-Environment, is
                                                                                                                                                                action on the 2030 Agenda across              practitioners, the forest, and each     a georeferenced database of SDG
                                                                                                                                                                the nine Amazonian countries,                 other. Through a collective learning    solution projects from around the
                                                                                                                                                                aiming to mobilize local knowledge            process, the group builds their expe-   Amazon. The solutions included
                                                                                                                                                                in the search for solutions and good          rience together based on shared         come from a diverse set of insti-
                                                                                                                                                                practices in line with the SDGs, while        purpose, work, and values.              tutions and are in different stages
                                                                                                                                                                respecting local contexts.                                                            of development, from concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                              II. From the Ground Up: Managing        to implementation and scale up.
                                                                                                                                                                Amazônia Education Program                    and Preserving Our Terrestrial          The platform is available in English,
                                                                                                                                                                One of SDSN Amazônia’s main                   Ecosystems is a Massive Open            Spanish, and Portuguese to facilitate
                                                                                                                                                                goals is to promote educa-                    Online Course (MOOC) produced           exchange of information.
                                                                                                                                                                tion and capacity building for                in 2017 in partnership with the
                                                                                                                                                                Amazonian leaders. In this context,           SDG Academy and supported               SDG Ambassador
                                                                                                                                                                Amazônia-edu was launched to train            by UN-Environment. This MOOC,           SDG Ambassador is a three-
                                                                                                                                                                change agents for sustainable devel-          available in English, Spanish, and      module project, led by SDSN Youth
                                                                                                                                                                opment through experiential educa-            Portuguese, aims to disseminate         Amazônia, focused on building
                                                                                                                                                                tion. This is accomplished through            knowledge about sustainable devel-      capacities among riverine youth to
                                                                                                                                                                two key activities:                           opment of terrestrial ecosystems at     understand and take action on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the postgraduate level and to make      SDGs. The modules were designed

                                                                                                                 Photo: ©John Liana
                                                                                                                                                                I. The Amazon Summer School is a              knowledge a tool in the fight against   to focus on specific issues including
                                                                                                                                                                21-day intensive program focused on           climate change.                         geopolitics, participative planning,
                                                                                                                                                                building capacities to understand,                                                    leadership, networking, and activism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The initiative currently operates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in two of the Amazon’s Protected
      Amazon Basin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Areas, Juma and Uatumã.

                                                       About 15% of global
                                                                                      The Amazon
                                                                                      is the single                                                                                                                                                   LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                   largest remaining                                                                                                                                                  The SDSN Amazônia network seeks
           In just a few hectares of this vast         freshwater entering
                                                                                     tropical forest                                                                                                                                                  to facilitate better communication
                                                      the oceans is from the
           forest world laboratory can be found              Amazon                   in the world                                                                                                                                                    and knowledge exchange between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amazon-based institutions. In the
           more species of native trees than in                                                                                                                                                                                                       coming months, the network will
           all of North America, and on just one                                                                                                                                                                                                      consolidate partnerships with local

                                                                                                                                      Photo: © Dirce Quintino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      organizations and financial institu-
           of these trees are more species of ants                                                                                                                                                                                                    tions to accelerate and disseminate
           than exist in all of England.
           Gabriel García Márquez,
                                                                                    different ethnic groups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the networks tools and projects.

           Prologue, La Amazônia Sin Mitos                                          call the Amazon home
                                                                                                                                                                  Amazon Day 2017 | Session SDSN Youth Amazon

                                                                                                                                                                  Fundação Amazonas Sustentável / Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS)               COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      INCLUDED IN THE REGIONAL NETWORK
                                                                                                                                                                  The Sustainable Amazonas Foundation        development of the Amazon Basin,
                                                                                                                                                                  (FAS) is a Brazilian nongovernmental       including environmental conservation,    Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French
                                                                                                                                                                  organization that has helped over          improvements to the quality of life of   Guiana, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Venezuela
                                                                                                                                                                  9,597 families, benefiting 40,230 people   riverine communities, and inclusion
                                                                                                                 Photo: ©John Liana

                                                                                                                                                                  living in 16 Conservation Units (UC)       of stakeholders in decision making       FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                                                  across Brazil’s Amazonas state. FAS,       processes.
                                                                                                                                                                  founded in 2007, promotes sustainable                                               • Amazon Summer School –

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SDSN Andes

                                                                                                           Hosted by Yachay Tech University                                                      w
                                                                                                           RRUrcuquí Imbabura, Ecuador

                                                                                                                 he SDSN Andes currently             research team from the University of
                                                                                                                 works on four thematic areas:       Sydney (Australia), the SDSN Andes
                                                                                                                 1 – Biodiversity protection         Secretariat launched the Influence
                                                                                                           and sustainable management of             of Economic Structures on the SDGs
                                                                                                           ecosystem services, 2 – Sustainable       - Effects from, to and within the
                                                                                                           and resilient human settlements,          Andean Region Initiative. The aim of
                                                                                                           3 – Sustainable production and            this initiative is a) to assess spillover
                                                                                                           consumption, and 4 – Data manage-         effects in terms of the SDGs through
                                                                                                           ment and monitoring of the SDGs.          global supply chains and trade, and
                                                                                                                                                     b) to devise and implement meas-
                                                                                                           Launch of a binational conserva-          ures to reduce negative effects and
                                                                                                           tion project                              increase positive ones.
                                                                                                           Linked to the network’s aforemen-
                                                                                                           tioned thematic areas 1 and 2, the        Support to the SDGs localization
                                                                                                           SDSN Andes brought together               and VNR processes
                                                                                                           a coalition of organizations to           As part of the “SDGs Strategic
                                                                                                           develop the project “Conservation         Thinking Group” lead by the
                                                                                                           and Management of Ecosystem               “Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano”
                                                                                                           Services in the Mira-Mataje               and “Grupo FARO” (SDSN member
                                                                                                           Binational Watersheds”. This group        organizations), the SDSN Andes
                                                                                                           includes the University of Nariño         Secretariat provided inputs and
                                                                                                           (Colombia), the Regional Amazon           commentary for the localization of             Regional meeting of the SDSN Andes
                                                                                                           University IKIAM (Ecuador), the           the SDGs in Ecuador, as well as for
                                                                                                           Pacific Environmental Research            Ecuador’s 2018 Voluntary National           attention will be put on the impacts
                                                                                                           Institute (Colombia), the National        Review.                                     of soy production in Argentina
                                                                                                           Institute of Biodiversity (Ecuador),                                                  due to growing interest in this
                                                                                                           Corporación Grupo Randi Randi             LOOKING AHEAD                               commodity.
     Landscape from the Mira-Mataje watershed
                                                                                                           (Ecuador), and the bird conservation      The SDSN Andes will continue the
                                                        South America is                                   NGO FELCA (Colombia). Now in its          binational conservation project,
                                                        one of the richest    Mira-Mataje watersheds
                                                                                                           implementation phase, the project is      engaging with governments,
                                                                             intersects with the Chocó                                                                                             Yachay Tech University
                                                         sub-continents      biogeographic region, one     managed and coordinated by Duke           communities, and other key actors
        “Biodiversity protection is not for               for cultural       of the world’s biodiversity   University’s Nicholas School of the       in the Mira-Mataje watersheds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yachay University of Experimental
                                                         and biological              “hotspots”            Environment and the SDSN Andes                                                          Technology and Research (known
        conservationists and scientists                     diversity                                      Secretariat, with financial support
                                                                                                                                                     In 2018 and 2019 the project will             as Yachay Tech University) is
                                                                                                                                                     develop an open online information            an Ecuadorian public university
        alone, but for the private sector and                                                              from the John D. and Catherine T.         platform (“wiki”) to summarize and            founded in March 2014, whose aim
                                                                                                           MacArthur Foundation. The 3-year
        politicians; it should attract the same                                                            project seeks to enhance conserva-
                                                                                                                                                     validate information (both collected          is to position Ecuador as a center
                                                                                                                                                     and generated by the organiza-                of innovation and technological
        level of attention as economic crises                                   South America              tion in the watersheds through a)         tions leading the project) on the             excellence in Latin America.
                                                                                 is one of the             scientific knowledge of ecosystems
        and upcoming elections. Similarly,                                     most important              status and services, and b) territorial
                                                                                                                                                     watersheds, thus promoting a bina-
                                                                                                                                                     tional perspective. The platform will
        sustainable development is relevant                                     contributors to            governance and stakeholder partici-       also seek to crowdsource knowl-             COUNTRIES INCLUDED IN THE
                                                                               the world’s food            pation. The primary outcome will be                                                   REGIONAL NETWORK
        to everyone; achieving the SDGs                                             supply                 a binational management strategy
                                                                                                                                                     edge, allowing external information
                                                                                                                                                     contributions and commentary, and           Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia,
        must be shared across academic                                                                     and integrated conservation action        ensuring stakeholder buy-in and             Ecuador, Perú, Venezuela
                                                                                                           plan. This project touches on several     local contextualization.
        disciplines, sectors of society, and                                                               SDGs, in particular Goal 6, Target 6.5.                                               FIND OUT MORE
        even national boundaries; it requires                                                                                                        Additionally, the SDSN Andes will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Influence of Economic Structures on
                                                                                                           Initiative to analyze inter-country       continue analyzing inter-country
        tapping into the power of networks”.                                                               influences on the SDGs                    influences on the SDGs. Next steps          the SDGs - Effects from, to and within the
                                                                                                           Linked to the network’s aforemen-         involve applying ISA’s Multi-Regional       Andean Region –
        Yolanda Kakabadse,
        Former President of WWF-International, IUCN,                                                       tioned thematic areas 3 and 4, and        Input-Output (MRIO) models to               • Biodiversity protection and sustainable
        and Former Minister of Environment of Ecuador                                                      in collaboration with the Integrated      assess spillover effects from, to, and      management of ecosystem services –
                                                                                                           Sustainability Analysis (ISA)             within the Andean Region. Particular

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NEW ZEALAND & PACIFIC
                                                                                                                                                                     SDSN Australia,

                                                                                                                                                                     New Zealand & Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                     Hosted by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute
                                                                                                                                                                     RRMelbourne, Australia

                                                                                                                                                                           he SDSN Australia, New Zealand
                                                                                                                                                                           & Pacific focuses on three main
                                                                                                                                                                           areas: fostering cross-sectoral
                                                                                                                                                                     action to support SDG localization,
                                                                                                                                                                     mobilizing university-sector action on
                                                                                                                                                                     the SDGs, and supporting the activ-
                                                                                                                                                                     ities of SDSN Youth in the region. It
                                                                                                                                                                     also supports regional contributions
                                                                                                                                                                     to global SDSN Solutions Initiatives.

                                                                                                                                                                     University Guide to the SDGs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo: ©Harjono Djoyobisono
                                                                                                                                                                     In August 2017, the network released
                                                                                                                                                                     Getting Started with the SDGs in
                                                                                                                                                                     Universities, a practical guide to the
                                                                                                                                                                     important role of universities in SDG
                                                                                                                                                                     implementation, developed in collabo-
                                                                                                                                                                     ration with the Australasian Campuses
                                                                                                                                                                     Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and          Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, The Hon. Concetta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fierravanti-Wells, and Chair of SDSN Australia/New Zealand/Pacific, John Thwaites, along with
                                                                                                                                                                     Australian and New Zealand universi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                leaders from business and non-profit at the Australian SDGs Summit 2018
                                                                                                                                                                     ties. The guide is now being used by
                                                                                                                                                                     universities, SDSN networks and other    the second Australian SDGs Summit,               aims to develop transition pathways
                                                                                                                                                                     organizations around the world. SDSN     a high-level, multi-stakeholder forum            and roadmaps to a sustainable food

                                                                                                                                            Photo: ©Stock photo
                                                                                                                                                                     networks have already produced           to advance national implementation               and land use system.
                                                                                                                                                                     Japanese and Spanish translations,       of the SDGs. The Summit brought
                                                                                                                                                                     and a number of other translations       together almost 300 stakeholders                 LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                                                                                                     currently in the works.                  from government, business, civil                 The network is currently working
                                                                                                                                                                                                              society, academia, and youth to                  with the global SDSN to expand
        Coral reefs cover much of the coast of Australia and other Pacific Nations
                                                                                                                                                                     Input to National SDG Reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                              assess the country’s progress and                the Universities Guide to include
                                                                                                                   The average Indigenous                            The network played an important          discuss further action.                          case studies from around the world
                                                                                                                      household in New                               role in supporting Australia’s first                                                      and to develop a companion online
                                                                                         Gigatonnes                 Zealand and Australia                            Voluntary National Review (VNR),         Supporting Global Projects                       portal to share best practices.
              Sustainable development doesn’t just                                    of biosequestration is
                                                                                      required for Australia
                                                                                                                  has a much lower income
                                                                                                                     than non-Indigenous
                                                                                                                                                                     which was presented to the UN in         The Monash Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                     July 2018. This included helping         Development Institute (through
              ‘happen’ or is the responsibility of                                   to be carbon neutral by             households
                                                                                                                                                                     capture the contribution of the          ClimateWorks Australia) and                      COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES
                                                                                          2050 Australia
              someone else, somewhere else.                                                                                                                          Australian university sector to the      CSIRO are partnering to deliver the              INCLUDED IN THE REGIONAL NETWORK
                                                                                                                                                                     SDGs through a consultation work-        Australian component of the FABLE
              It requires everyone to make a global                                                                                                                  shop with key stakeholders, collec-      (Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               American Samoa, Australia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
              effort. We will be leaving the next                                                                                                                    tion of case studies, and preparation    Land Use and Energy) project, which              Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of
                                                                                                                                                                     of a summary statement. SDSN Youth
              generation our problems unless we                                                                                                                      helped lead youth input towards the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New
              address the SDGs – uncertain jobs,                                                                                                                     VNR, bringing together its member         Monash Sustainable Development                  Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau,
                                                                                                                                                                     organizations and young leaders           Institute
              unaffordable housing and a degraded                                                                                                                    for a consultation, which illustrated     One of the world’s preeminent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Réunion, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-
              environment.                                                                                                                                           the potential for Australian youth to     interdisciplinary research and                  Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu,
                                                                                                                                                                     lead on implementation of the SDGs,       education institutes for sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wallis and Futuna.
              John Thwaites,
                                                                                                                                                                     demonstrated existing efforts, and        development, the Monash
              2018 Australian SDG Summit
                                                                                                                                                                     offered recommendations on how to         Sustainable Development Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                                                     maximize impact.                          finds real solutions to the most
                                                                                        The Pacific Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                               significant challenges facing our               • University Guide –
                                                                                                                                            Photo: ©Lauren Barredo

                                                                                       Countries account for
                                                                                     0.03% of GHG emissions,                                                                                                   world today. The institute sits       
                                                                                                                                                                     Australian SDGs Summit                    within Monash University, a leading
                                                                                        but are at the front                                                                                                                                                   • Food Agriculture Biodiversity Land-use
                                                                                      line of climate change
                                                                                                                                                                     In March 2018, the network partnered      Australian university ranked in the
                                                                                              impacts                                                                with key civil society and business       top 100 globally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Bio)Energy (FABLE) –
                                                                                                                                                                     organizations in Australia to co-host                                                     • SDSN Youth –

                                                                                     Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
14                      SDSN Networks in Action 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15
SDSN Brazil

                                                                                                          Hosted by Conservation International
                                                                                                          RRRio de Janeiro, Brazil

                                                                                                                DSN Brazil is a national network        governance of the metropolitan terri-       Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) was
                                                                                                                aiming to translate the SDGs to         tory, urban agriculture, resilience to      the perfect fit for the 2018 Forum
                                                                                                                the Brazilian context, engaging         climate change, and the participation       “Sustainable City Rio” (Fórum Rio
                                                                                                          in a wide array of projects and part-         of civil society.                           Cidade Sustentável 2018), co-organ-
                                                                                                          nerships that will set the country up                                                     ized by SDSN Brazil. Showcasing the
                                                                                                          for the challenges and opportunities          Another part of SDSN Brazil’s urban         power of innovation as a determining
                                                                                                          of the 2030 Agenda.                           work is the Metropolitan Approach           tool in the transformation process
                                                                                                                                                        for Rio de Janeiro (M.A. Rio), a            of Rio de Janeiro as a sustainable
                                                                                                          Reflections on an Urban World                 scientific cooperation between the          metropolis, the Forum mirrored
                                                                                                          One big focus of SDSN Brazil, ever            network’s host institutions and the         the Museum’s emphasis on mixing
                                                                                                          since its inception in 2014, is sustain-      Politécnico di Milano, Italy. It presents   science and art, and the need for
                                                                                                          able urban development. With the              a metropolitan vision, aiming at            change if mankind is to avoid climate
                                                                                                          network’s host institutions based             the improvement of the Practice             disaster, environmental degradation,
                                                                                                          in Rio de Janeiro, the second-most            of the Metropolitan Discipline with         and social collapse. The event bene-
                                                                                                          populous municipality in Brazil, many         new competences of shaping and              fited from the participation of officials
                                                                                                          of its actions have been rooted in            re-shaping the metropolis. It adopts        from the municipal public adminis-
                                                                                                          addressing the sustainable devel-             an interdisciplinary strategy, inte-        tration, the City Council, the Inter-
                                                                                                          opment challenges of the country’s            grating various disciplinary knowl-         American Development Bank (IDB),
                                                                                                          cities.                                       edge and transversal management             UN-Habitat, Metropolitan Chamber,
                                                                                                          The network has hosted several                skills to deal with metropolitan            PUC-Rio, the international climate alli-
                                                                                                          events to promote dialogues around            complexities and fragmentation.             ance C40 and Casa Fluminense, and
                                                                                                          sustainable cities and communi-               It also intends to bridge the gap           SDSN Brazil’s key stakeholders.
                                                                                                          ties, aiming to exchange knowledge            between theory and practice by
                                                                                                          and experiences from the academic,            defining tools that can meet Brazil’s       LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                                          scientific, and professional commu-           metropolitan needs.                         SDSN Brazil will continue to engage
                                                                                                          nity that are directly or indirectly                                                      and activate its members, partners
                                                                                                          related to urban challenges. These            A Peek into the Future of Cities            and other stakeholders to address
     The panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro
                                                                                                          debates, lectures, round tables,              As one of the world’s first museums         sustainable development challenges.
                                                                                                          and workshops help find solutions             incorporating the ideas of sustain-         To leverage this work, the network
                                                                                                          for integrated and participative              able development, the Museu do              will translate SDG Academy content
                                                    Brazilian cities will
                                                    required by law to                                                                                                                              into Portuguese, as well as identify
         The objectives of sustainable           develop and implement
                                                                            of Brazil’s population live
                                                                            in the urban areas of the                                                                                               more universities for cooperation
                                                 plans promoting people-
         development are an invitation             oriented, sustainable
                                                                              country’s 5,500 cities                                                                                                and support the development of
                                                 urban mobility by 2019                                                                                                                             education initiatives with members
         made for the global community                                                                                                                                                              (the “2030 challenge”). Secondly,
         to change inequalities and the                                                                                                                                                             the network will continue their
                                                                                                                                                                                                    work on their Solutions Initiative
         course of the action of societies and
         nations. Accepting the invitation is                                   60%
                                                                            Mobility is responsible for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    on Metropolitan Governance and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sustainable Cities throughout the
         essential for development in times of                              60% of GHG emissions of
                                                                                 Brazilian cities
         Rodrigo Medeiros,                                                                                                                                                                            Conservation International-Brazil
         SDSN Brazil Co-Chair                                                                                                                                                                         Conservation International (CI-Brasil)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      is a Brazilian non-profit organization
                                                                                                                                                                                                      created in 1990 that works to ensure a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      healthy and productive planet for all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative –
                                                                                                             Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow), location of the Fórum Rio Cidade       
                                                                                                             Sustentável 2018

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SDSN Canada

                                                                                                                                                           Hosted by University of Waterloo in partnership with the Waterloo Global
                                                                                                                                                           Science Initiative
                                                                                                                                                           RRWaterloo, Ontario, Canada

                                                                                                                                                                 DSN Canada officially launched
                                                                                                                                                                 on May 7th and 8th, 2018, at
                                                                                                                                                                 the University of Waterloo. The
                                                                                                                                                           two day event brought together 700

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo: ©Michael Bennett, WGSI. CC 2.0 BY-NC 2.0
                                                                                                                                                           participants to discuss Canada’s chal-
                                                                                                                                                           lenges and opportunities in achieving
                                                                                                                                                           the Sustainable Development Goals
                                                                                                                                                           and included over 30 post-secondary
                                                                                                                                                           institutions from across Canada,
                                                                                                                                                           as well as students, members of
                                                                                                                                                           the public, businesses, government
                                                                                                                                                           representatives, and civil society
                                                                                                                                                           organizations. The launch featured a
                                                                                                                                                           keynote lecture by renowned devel-
                                                                                                                                                           opment economist and senior UN
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Working sessions at the Generation SDG Summit #3
                                                                                                                                                           Advisor Jeffrey Sachs in addition to
                                                                                                                                                           a series of collaborative workshops             counsel and enable dialogue on                 Sustainable Development Policy
                                                                                                                                                           exploring ways to develop trans-                Canada’s role in accelerating action           Implementation. April 2018;
                                                                                                                                                           formational pathways for sustain-               on the SDGs and catalyzing change           RR The Legal Solutions for
                                                                                                                                                           able development in Canada. The                 throughout the country. April 2018;            Sustainability: Roundtable

                                                                                                                           Photo: ©Mark Koch on Unsplash
                                                                                                                                                           workshops explored four thematic             RR Participation and support                      on Innovative International
                                                                                                                                                           SDG areas: Education and Training               for Waterloo Global Science                    Instruments for the Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                           for Sustainability, Sustainable and             Initiative’s Generation SDG Summit             Development Goals in collab-
                                                                                                                                                           Inclusive Cities, Canada’s Energy-              which brought together a multi-                oration with the Centre for
                                                                                                                                                           Climate Nexus, and Doing Justice to             disciplinary and multigenerational             International Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                           Life on Land and Below Water.                   group for four days of intensive               Development Law and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           discussion on the best ways to                 University of Waterloo’s School
     Lake Louise, Banff National Park
                                                                                                                                                           Increasing awareness around the                 catalyze the most impactful and                of Environment, Enterprise, and
                                                                  Toronto aims to
                                                                                                                                                           network                                         coordinated actions to ensure                  Development. May 2018.
                                                                  become the first                                                                         Along with its partners, SDSN                   effective implementation of the
                                                                  municipality in                                                                          Canada has initiated a number of                SDGs in Canada. April 2018;                 LOOKING AHEAD
         The establishment of SDSN Canada                          the Province of                 Canada has reached
                                                                                                  10.5% of the 17% Aichi
                                                                                                                                                           other events as a way to increase            RR A keynote lecture by Jeffrey Sachs          Building on the success of the
                                                                   Ontario with a                                                                          awareness of this new network and               at the University of Ottawa on the
         is a vital opportunity for Canada                       circular economy.
                                                                                                    biodiversity target
                                                                                                                                                           generate new membership including;              crucial role that universities can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       launch, SDSN Canada is now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       focused on engaging with universi-
         to make a coordinated effort to                                                                                                                   RR A dinner gathering of Canada’s               play in implementing the SDGs               ties and colleges from throughout
                                                                                                                                                              leading business, government, and            in Canada coupled with a panel
         leverage our collective strengths                                                                                                                    civil society leaders to provide             discussion on Green Growth and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the country. SDSN Canada is also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       looking at the feasibility of hosting a
         and expertise, and build on the                                                                                                                                                                                                               Solutions Forum within the coming
         excitement and opportunity we have                                                                                                                  University of Waterloo in partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       year, creating a Sustainable Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Index for Canada, and developing
         to make a positive impact on our                                                                                                                    The University of Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment,            SDG teaching case studies and other
         future for generations. Universities                                                                                                                and has researchers and institutes across campus working on every facet of
                                                                                                                                                             sustainability and social justice. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       course materials in collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with the SDG Academy. The network
         play, and will continue to play, an                                                                                                                 university, the University of Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching          will also prioritize the deepening of
                                                                                                                                                             in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment,        relationships with the Government
         integral role in making progress on                                                                                                                 arts and social sciences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Canada and will work to advise
                                                                                                                           Photo: ©Mark Koch on Unsplash

         our SDG targets through the talents                                                                                                                 Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) has been catalyzing collective action
                                                                                                                                                             since 2009. The conversations they host bring people with diverse viewpoints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on and support federal SDG strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and policy initiatives.
         of our researchers, graduates and                                                                                                                   together, prompting multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustain-
                                                                                                                                                             able development challenges. By combining the results of these cross-cutting
         entrepreneurial enterprises.                                                                                                                        conversations with the science and technology of today, WGSI and their network            FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                                             take answers from paper to the real world, addressing the UN’s Sustainable
         Feridun Hamdullahpur,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Learn more about WGSI’s Generation SDG
         President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo                                                                                               Development Goals in sectors such as energy, education, and beyond.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Summit –
                                                                 City of Vancouver, English Bay

18         SDSN Networks in Action 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19

                                                                                                                 SDSN Caribbean
                                                                                                                 Hosted by the University of the West Indies
                                                                                                                 RRKingston, Jamaica

                                                                                                                       he SDSN Caribbean focuses on              Closing data gaps in Caribbean                  LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                                                       three shared regional priorities:         Small Island Developing States
                                                                                                                       climate change, energy, and the           (SIDS)                                          The SDSN Caribbean aims to
                                                                                                                 blue economy, which is the use of               The network supports the SDSN’s                 develop a state-of-the-art interac-
                                                                                                                 the sea and its resources for sustain-          SDG Index and Dashboards report                 tive website to share future results,
                                                                                                                 able development. These priorities              through an initiative to close data             which would also help stakeholders
                                                                                                                 are interlinked; climate change is a            gaps in Caribbean Small Island                  track progress on the SDGs through
                                                                                                                 major threat to the region due to sea           Developing States (SIDS). The                   to 2030. The Network hopes to
                                                                                                                 level rise, increased frequency and             Caribbean team is working with                  expand the project to other SIDS by
                                                                                                                 intensity of storm events, changes to           government agencies, NGOs, and                  working with the SDSN Australia/
                                                                                                                 disease vectors, effects on agricul-            academia to request data that are               New Zealand/Pacific. The network
                                                                                                                 ture, and more. When considered                 not currently publicly available                is also actively seeking Solution
                                                                                                                 along with overfishing, impacts on              through international institutions,             Initiatives in its three priority areas.
                                                                                                                 Caribbean ecosystems and infra-                 as well as advise National Statistical
                                                                                                                 structure jeopardize the tourism                Offices on how to set up frameworks
                                                                                                                 sector, a major part of the region’s            for future reporting. Data gathered
                                                                                                                 economy. Moving Caribbean states                will be included in the annual SDG
                                                                                                                 away from fossil fuels and investing            Index and Dashboards report. Results
                                                                                                                 in energy efficiency are therefore              are also presented to countries at
                                                                                                                 key components in supporting the                multi-stakeholder events, and lead
                                                                                                                 economy and achieving energy secu-              to conversations on SDG prioritiza-
                                                                                                                 rity and climate mitigation goals.              tion as well as the sharing of best
                                                                                                                                                                 practices and successful programs
                                                                                                                                                                 between countries in the region.

        The Malecón in Havana, Cuba

                                                         US$ 170bn
                                                          worth of damage was
                                                                                         Average coral cover
            Jamaica is naturally and irrevocably          caused to Caribbean
                                                         nations during the 2017
                                                                                     in the Caribbean declined
                                                                                        from over 50% in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Musicians in Havana, Cuba

            aligned to the Sustainable                      hurricane season           1970s to an estimated
                                                                                           14.3% in 2012.                                                                                                        COUNTRIES INCLUDED IN THE
            Development Goals and at every                                                                                                                                                                       REGIONAL NETWORK

            opportunity we reaffirm our                                                                                                                                                                          Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin
            commitment to achieving them.                                                                                                                                                                        Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica,
            Furthermore, Jamaica will play its                                          Aruba has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada,
                                                                                    committed to going
            part in regional and international fora                                 fossil free by 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico,
            to promote attainment.                                                                                                                                                                               Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts
            Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica,                                                                                                                                                           and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and
            speaking at ICSD in 2016                                                                               Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Professor Jeffrey Sachs and participants at the   the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname,
                                                                                                                   Caribbean Action 2030 Summit                                                                  Trinidad and Tobago, United States Virgin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Islands, Venezuela
                                                                                                                   University of the West Indies
                                                                                                                   Established in 1948, UWI is the largest and longest-standing institute of higher              FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                   education in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI enrolls over 45,000 students,                • Caribbean Action 2030 – www.
                                                                                                                   and their impressive network of alumni includes more than 18 current and former     
                                                                                                                   heads of state, one Nobel Laureate, and dozens of Rhodes Scholars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • SDG Index –
                                                         Caribbean coral reef ecosystems are threatened by
                                                         climate change, over fishing, and water pollution
20            SDSN Networks in Action 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                               21
SDSN Germany

                                                                                                                                           Hosted by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut                             w
                                                                                                                                           für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)                                                                  @SDSN_Germany
                                                                                                                                           RRBonn, Germany

                                                                                                                                                  s a primary focus, the network
                                                                                                                                                  addresses the structural chal-
                                                                                                                                                  lenges of implementing the
                                                                                                                                           2030 Agenda in Germany. Founded
                                                                                                                                           by leading knowledge centers, SDSN
                                                                                                                                           Germany pools the knowledge, experi-
                                                                                                                                           ence and abilities of academic, corpo-
                                                                                                                                           rate and civil society organisations to
                                                                                                                                           promote sustainable development at
                                                                                                                                           the national and international level.

                                                                                                                                           Shaping the Political Landscape
                                                                                                                                           in Germany
                                                                                                                                           Since its launch, SDSN Germany has

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo: ©DIE GDI
                                                                                                                                           been actively shaping the polit-
                                                                                                                                           ical landscape to more prominently
                                                                                                                                           feature the 2030 Agenda and call
                                                                                                                                           for the required changes. During the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Workshop “The World in 2050” at SDSN Germany’s member and host institution German
                                                                                                                                           last general elections and now the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Development Insitute in Bonn
                                                                                                                                           new legislative period in Germany,
                                                                                                                                           the network has been an outspoken
                                                                                                                                           actor for the SDGs on the national            foundations in Germany and the EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                                                                           and European level. With regard to            for closer cooperation on this issue.
                                                                                                                                           the German Sustainability Strategy            These events have been organized              As one of the organizing parties of
                                                                                                                                           (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie),          against the backdrop of upcoming              the Science Platform Sustainability
                                                                                                                                           the network contributed to a peer             European political events, such as the        2030, the network is leading the
      One of the powerhouses of the German export sector: the Hamburg port
                                                                                                                                           review of the plan of action outlined         parliamentary election in 2019, the           working group on mobility, one
                                                                                     mCO2                       100%                       in the document. Even though                  next Multiannual Financial Framework,         of Germany’s great challenges.
                                                                               In 2016, Germany’s CO2      In the European Union,          progress has been made, Germany               and the new EU Commission.                    Together with its members, the
                                                                                emissions rose for the       Germany yields the            is falling short of its own targets                                                         network will develop new and inno-
          The European project needs to                                       second consecutive year,
                                                                                 mostly due to higher
                                                                                                           highest rate of recycled
                                                                                                           materials, with nearly
                                                                                                                                           and the Agenda has not yet become             Sustainable Development on the                vative solutions around the topic.
                                                                                                                                           the fundamental principle in policy           Global Stage                                  Additionally, SDSN Germany aims
          finally be connected with the                                      emissions of the transport
                                                                                                          100 percent in paper and
                                                                                                                                           making. Additionally, SDSN Germany            On the international level, members           to create a stronger connection
                                                                                                                organic waste
          concept of sustainable development.                                                                                              is one of the organizing parties of           of SDSN Germany continue to                   between political processes at the
                                                                                                                                           the Science Platform Sustainability           contribute to the work of the T20             European level with sustainable
          Sustainability is not an unrealistic                                                                                             2030, and has supported dialogues             think tank task forces under the              development. A conference on how
          idea, but rather addresses central
          concerns of real life situations.                                                                         ¹/⁶
                                                                                                          ⅙ of Germany’s residents
                                                                                                                                           between Scientific Advisory Councils
                                                                                                                                           and the Federal Government.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Argentine G20 presidency after last
                                                                                                                                                                                         year’s German presidency. Moreover,
                                                                                                                                                                                         SDSN Germany members have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the SDGs can be an opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       shape a sustainable future of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       EU is planned for October 2018,
          Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform,                                    remained at risk of           A European Voice for Change                   active in several initiatives of the          co-hosted by the European Network
          Co-Chair of SDSN Germany                                                                        being trapped in relative        To continue the discussion on the             global SDSN such as The World in              of Political Foundations (ENoP).
                                                                                                               poverty in 2017
                                                                                                                                           implementation of the 2030 Agenda             2050, FABLE and the SDG Index &
                                                                                                                                           in the EU, SDSN Germany has organ-            Dashboards.
                                                                                                                                           ized events with key stakeholders                                                           FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                           and has reached out to political
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • (DDPP) –
                                                                                                                                             Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)                                          • The World in 2050 –
                                                                                                                                             Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks        • Food Agriculture Biodiversity Land-use
                                                                                                                                             for global development and international cooperation worldwide. DIE’s work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Bio)Energy (FABLE) –
                                                                                                                                             is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. DIE is
                                                                                                                                             building bridges between theory and practice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • SDG Index & Dashboards – www.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GREAT LAKES
                                                                                                                                                                         SDSN Great Lakes
                                                                                                                                                                         Hosted by the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics                         w
                                                                                                                                                                         RR Kigali, Rwanda                                                                                 @UR_CBE

                                                                                                                                                                              DSN Great Lakes strives to
                                                                                                                                                                              promote the implementation
                                                                                                                                                                              of the SDGs in the complex
                                                                                                                                                                         region of Central and Eastern Africa.

                                                                                                                                                                         Local Solutions Conference
                                                                                                                                                                         The SDSN Great Lakes flagship
                                                                                                                                                                         initiative is an annual confer-
                                                                                                                                                                         ence focused on local solutions
                                                                                                                                                                         to achieve the SDGs. Since 2015,
                                                                                                                                                                         these conferences have brought
                                                                                                                                                                         together hundreds of researchers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo: ©New Times
                                                                                                                                                                         and academics from the region
                                                                                                                                                                         to present innovative and prac-
                                                                                                                                                                         tical projects that can help change
                                                                                                                                                                         lives for the better. Each year,
                                                                                                                                                                         the network selects one or more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Participants brainstorming during the Local Solutions Conference 2017
                                                                                                                                                                         themes, related to particular SDG
                                                                                                                                                                         challenges in the region, and holds
                                                                                                                                                                         an open call for institutions to

                                                                                                                                            Photo: ©Millennium Promise
                                                                                                                                                                         submit their projects. The projects,
                                                                                                                                                                         some still in proposal phase, are
                                                                                                                                                                         then reviewed by a panel and
                                                                                                                                                                         the best ones are selected to be
                                                                                                                                                                         presented at the conference.

                                                                                                                                                                         Public Lecture Series
          Student in the botanical garden of the Science University in Kisangani, DRC                                                                                    In 2018, the network launched a

                                                                                        The Democratic Republic
                                                                                                                        The Rwandan
                                                                                                                   government established
                                                                                                                     a “One Cow per Poor
                                                                                                                                                                         public lecture series to raise aware-
                                                                                                                                                                         ness of the SDGs and share new
                                                                                                                                                                         research and innovation coming out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Local Solutions Conference 2017

              It is very important to collaborate                                       of Congo contains 12.5%
                                                                                                                      Family” poverty
                                                                                                                    alleviation program
                                                                                                                                                                         of its member institutions. The first        FABLE project (Food, Agriculture,                members, starting with those in
                                                                                        of the world’s remaining                                                         such talk was held at the University         Biodiversity, Land, and Energy). All             Rwanda over the coming year. Each
              to drive forward the SDGs. The                                                tropical rainforest
                                                                                                                    known as GIRINKA
                                                                                                                                                                         of Rwanda, College of Business and           local network members were repre-                member will choose a topic and
              University of Rwanda is strategically                                                                                                                      Economics entitled “Customizing              sented and a delegate from Burundi               organize a talk on that theme.
                                                                                                                                                                         the SDGs for Rwanda Development              also attended the talk.
              placed to drive the SDG agenda                                                                                                                             Priorities.” The talk was given by           In an effort to boost membership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       LOOKING AHEAD
              through research areas such as:                                                                           August                                           Professor Francois Naramabuye,               engagement, the public lecture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The next local solutions conference is

                                                                                                                                                                         a faculty member at UR and the               series will be organized on a rota-
              food security, smart and green                                                                                                                             national coordinator of the SDSN             tional basis between all network                 planned at the end of 2018 and the public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       lecture series will continue. The network
              cities, conservation, innovation and                                                                   Kenya placed                                                                                                                                      is also developing its governance and will
              entrepreneurship, education and                                                                        a total ban on                                                                                                                                    soon announce a new Leadership Council,
                                                                                                                     plastic bags.                                         UR College of Business and Economics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       comprised of members from academia,
              peace. UR should take a key role in                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the private sector, and civil society, to
                                                                                                                                                                           The College of Business and Economics (CBE) is one of the six colleges composing            guide and support the activities moving
              leading the SDGs.                                                                                                                                            the University of Rwanda (UR), the largest and only public university in Rwanda.            forward.
              Prof. Nelson Ijumba, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Rwanda                                                                                            The UR’s vision is to be a leading University that develops highly enterprising
                                                                                                                                                                           graduates prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable society
                                                                                                                                                                           locally, nationally and globally, with appropriate innovations that advance quality         COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES
                                                                                                                                                                           of life. The UR’s mission is to support the development of Rwanda by discovering            INCLUDED IN THE REGIONAL NETWORK
                                                                                                                                                                           and advancing knowledge, and being committed to the highest standards of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo,
                                                                                                                                                                           academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, and
                                                                                                                                                                           leadership, transforming communities through finding solutions.                             Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tanzania, Uganda

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SDSN Greece

                                                                                                                                                                         Hosted by the International Center for Research on the Environment and the            w
                                                                                                                                                                         Economy (ICRE8) and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab                @unsdsngreece
                                                                                                                                                                         (PESD)                                                                                  @SDSNgreece
                                                                                                                                                                         RRAthens, Greece

                                                                                                                                                                               DSN Greece launched in 2017           practices. Through ICRE8, one of
                                                                                                                                                                               during the 3rd International          the network’s co-host institutions,       LOOKING AHEAD
                                                                                                                                                                               SDSN Mediterranean Conference         the network has been involved in          Together with The Economist
                                                                                                                                                                         (MED Solutions) in Athens. It aims          a number of national and regional         Events, SDSN Greece is co-organ-
                                                                                                                                                                         to revive the Mediterranean Climate         projects relevant to the SDGs.            izing the Second Sustainability
                                                                                                                                                                         Change Initiative (MCCI), an auton-         Through the networks’ involve-            Summit for South-East Europe and
                                                                                                                                                                         omous Mediterranean political initi-        ment in the European Commission           the Mediterranean. Together with
                                                                                                                                                                         ative to strengthen international           Horizon 2020 program, issues like         key thinkers, business leaders, poli-
                                                                                                                                                                         and regional agreements; while also         environmental management, climate         cymakers, scientists, advocates and
                                                                                                                                                                         focusing on national priorities for         change mitigation and adaptation          investors, the Summit will shed light
                                                                                                                                                                         SDG achievement such as respon-             policies, disaster resilience, and        on the main focus areas like green
                                                                                                                                                                         sible consumption and production,           social innovation are being looked        shipping and sustainable marine
                                                                                                                                                                         sustainable tourism, clean energy,          at through the lens of the value of       management, sustainable food-wa-
                                                                                                                                                                         and climate change.                         natural capital, providing analytic       ter-energy nexus, sustainable energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     frameworks for managing natural           and security.
                                                                                                                                                                         SDSN Greece aims at connecting              resources sustainably.

                                                                                                                                  Photo: © Marc Schlumpf Icarus Design
                                                                                                                                                                         all Greek universities and research                                                   The network is also working with
                                                                                                                                                                         centers that are active in the field of     Climate Change Mitigation and             Climate KIC Greece as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                         sustainable development to coordi-          Adaptation                                EIT Regional Innovation Scheme
                                                                                                                                                                         nate their efforts towards achieving        In view of the region’s vulnera-          (RIS) that aims to boost innovative
                                                                                                                                                                         the 17 SDGs. Additionally, to support       bility to climate change and its          CleanTech Companies and Initiatives
                                                                                                                                                                         Greece’s sustainable development            effects, experts of SDSN Greece are       towards the reduction of brown coal
                                                                                                                                                                         following the economic crisis of            exploring suitable mitigation and         production and decentralized energy
                                                                                                                                                                         2007-2008 the network aims to               adaptation strategies for implemen-       system, helping Greece to achieve a
                                                                                                                                                                         develop work streams that can               tation in Greece and more generally       low carbon economy until 2030.
     One of the many coastal areas of Greece
                                                                                                                                                                         support decision-makers on all levels       in the Mediterranean region. Special
                                                                             In 2019, Greece will                                                                        to promote change that reinvigor-           attention is given to the interac-

         Greece’s desire for social, political
                                                                              launch a National
                                                                            Implementation Plan
                                                                           for the SDGs, consistent
                                                                                                      of the Greek coastline is
                                                                                                                                                                         ates the principles of liberalism and
                                                                                                                                                                         good governance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion of these policies with the rest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the economy and to developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     potential low-carbon pathways that
                                                                              with the National
                                                                                                         affected by erosion                                             The Value of Nature                         both mitigate climate change and
         and economic recovery and long term                                   Growth Strategy
                                                                                                                                                                         One central topic for SDSN Greece           stimulate the economy. In addition,
         prosperity should be aligned with                                                                                                                               is making the value of nature a             the network is exploring adapta-
                                                                                                                                                                         central part of project design              tion strategies to protect vulnerable
         sustainable development practices.                                                                                                                              and policy recommendations                  sectors and create new economic
         Prof. Andreas Papandreou, Professor in Environmental Economics,                                                                                                 for climate change adaptation               opportunities.
         Director of PESD, Co - Chair SDSN Greece

                                                                                                                                                                           The International Centre for              The Political Economy of Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                           Research on the Environment and the       Development Lab (PESD)
                                                                                                                                                                           Economy (ICRE8)                           The Political Economy of Sustainable         Official launch of SDSN Greece 2017
                                                                                                                                                                           The International Centre for Research     Development Lab (PESD) of the
                                                                                                                                                                           on the Environment and the Economy        National and Kapodistrian University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                                                                                           (ICRE8) is a nonprofit private Research   of Athens is devoted to the political
                                                                                                                                                                           Centre dedicated to interdisciplinary     economy dimension of sustainable          • Welcoming Remarks of SDSN Greece

                                                                           18,000 km                                                                                       research on sustainable development       development. In other words, it focuses   Launch See the video on youtube
                                                                                                                                                                           and management of the Environment,        on how institutions, the political
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Sustainable development in times of crisis
                                                                            Despite this very long                                                                         Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and      environment and the economy interact
                                                                           coastline, Greece is one                                                                                                                  and influence each other and thus form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Session 1 - Greece as a case study – See the
                                                                                                                                                                           their electronic versions (hence E8).
                                                                               of the 20 most                                                                                                                        the underlying conditions that allow or   video on youtube
                                                                           water-stressed countries                                                                                                                  prevent sustainable development.          • ICRE8 –
                                                                                in the world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • PESD –

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