SDSN Newsletter – November 2020


Columbia University World Leaders Forum
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, will speak at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum on 2 December with a special address on climate change: “The State of the Planet”. A live stream is available through UN Web TV and Columbia University’s Youtube Channel.

SDSN and GIZ Published Policy Brief on Social Spillover Effects on EU’s Textile Supply Chains
This new policy brief discusses issues surrounding SDG 12 and provides a better understanding of the linkages between social spillover effects and related SDG targets and to move the subject more strongly into political focus.

SDSN Youth’s Vatican Youth Symposium
SDSN Youth’s annual Vatican Youth Symposium will be hosted virtually on 16-17 December, 2020 in partnership with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This year’s theme is “New Encounters on Humanity’s Path Forward: Youth, Education, Nature, and Culture,” with 16 December dedicated to the launch of Mission 4.7, which convenes prominent education and sustainability leaders to highlight the critical importance of SDG target 4.7 .

SDSN TReNDS Released New Report on the Potential of Sunset Clauses During COVID-19
The new SDSN TReNDS report examines the potential of sunset clauses or sunset provisions to be a legally binding, enforceable, and accountable way of ensuring COVID-19 related data sharing agreements are wound down responsibly at the end of the pandemic.

SDSN Spain (REDS) Launched The SDGs in 100 Spanish Cities Report
On 30 November, SDSN Spain presented its biannual report on compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in one hundred municipalities in Spain. The study, entitled “How is the 2030 Agenda progressing at the local level? A practical look”, is the second edition of the 2018 pioneering report that measured the performance of the SDGs at the urban level.

UNEP-WCMC Strengthening Synergies Report
SDSN partnered with United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and International Institute for Sustainability (IIS) to publish a new report on biodiversity: Strengthening Synergies: How action to achieve post-2020 global biodiversity conservation targets can contribute to mitigating climate change.

SDSN Networks Confront the Pandemic with Knowledge
SDSN networks throughout the world are undertaking initiatives to track, understand, and confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some of the resources and publications.

SDSN in the Media

Upcoming SDSN Events
Please visit the links below for more information.

Columbia University World Leaders Forum: António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
Organized by Columbia University World Leaders Forum
December 2 | Virtual

Lancement du Baromètre des Solutions Durables 2020
Organized by Convergences
December 2 | Virtual

SDSN USA Never More Urgent Report Webinar
Organized by SDSN USA
December 3, 2020 | Virtual

2020 Tokyo Forum
Organized by the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies and the University of Tokyo
December 3 – 4 | Virtual

The FABLE Consortium: Supporting the long-term transformation towards sustainable food and land-use systems
Organized by SDSN
December 4 | Virtual

Implementing America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP)
Organized by SDSN USA
December 10, 2020 | Virtual

Vatican Youth Symposium
Organized by SDSN Youth and Pontifical Academy of Sciences
December 16 – 17 | Virtual

View full list of events

Other News

  • SDSN TReNDS appoints Grant Cameron as new director.
  • The week of 16 November, SDSN and GIZ co-organized a week-long virtual retreat for SDSN Network Managers. The retreat focused on strategic fundraising, SDSN networks responding to the pandemic, and SDSN’s work on climate.
  • On 18 November, SDSN hosted a dialogue session for the SDSN report: Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities.
  • Global Schools, an initiative under SDSN Youth to implement sustainable development in education, is calling for its second cohort of the Advocates Program to build the capacity of primary and secondary school teachers to integrate sustainability in school communities.
  • SDGs Today launched the #yourSDGStory campaign on Twitter during the first half of November which culminated on GIS Day, 18 November, with a live Twitter session with SDG Advocate Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. Follow @SDGsToday on Twitter to stay up to date on news around the StoryMaps Competition.
  • Monash University, host of the SDSN Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Network released the 2020 update of the Transforming Australia SDG Progress Report.
  • SDSN Youth published its 2020 Youth Impact Report.
  • At the Creative Commons Global Summit on 21 October, the SDG Academy announced that it will formally adopt a CC BY-NC 4.0 license for all its content going forward. Visit the SDG Academy FAQs page for more information on using SDG Academy content.
  • SDSN partner Connect4Climate introduced an Educational Toolkit for the #Youth4ClimateLive series. The toolkit is a resource to help educators, students, and parents take climate education even further.
  • SDSN Italia’s co-host institution, FEEM, issued a working paper proposing a methodology that evaluates the contribution of the European Cohesion Policy to the 2030 Agenda in the Italian region of Sardinia.
  • SDSN Member IST-Africa has called for papers for their IST-Africa week 2021 which aims to strengthen technology-enabled innovation and science and technology-related policy dialogues. The deadline to submit a paper is 18 December.
  • On 10 November, SDSN, Foresight4Food, IFAD, and APRA hosted another session for the eDialogue series on ‘What Future for Small-Scale Farming?: Inclusive Transformation in Challenging Times’.
  • From 16 – 20 November, several members of SDSN Northern Europe collaborated to host the Act Sustainable week. The sustainability week for students, researchers, and teachers had over 2800 registrations and many engaging activities.
  • SDSN Youth Greece released a new report: Sustainability Literacy and Perspectives. The research was conducted to promote the awareness of sustainability and find ways to promote its issues more efficiently.
  • SDSN Northern Europe
    released a new guide for the SDG Assessment Impact Tool. The guide provides information on the five-step process recommended for assessments, user scenarios for education, research, innovation, business, and for strategic planning and decision making.





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