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
- Jane Lubchenco & Chris Rapley. Our Moment of Truth: The Social Contract Realized? Environmental Research Letters: Vol. 15 – October 26, 2020.
- Climate Transition Lecture by Mrs Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation. College of Europe – October 28, 2020.
- Keryn James and Peter Bakker. Rethinking Resilience in Business. Project Syndicate – October 28, 2020.
- Paul Polman on the issue of climate. RTE News – October 30, 2020.
- Joanna Newman, Slim Khalbous and Hilligje Van’t Land. Higher education is key to building back better post-COVID. University World News – October 31, 2020.
- Chandhi Singh, Amir Bazaz, Debora Ley, James Fond, & Aromar Revi. Assessing the feasibility of climate change adaptation options in the water sector: Examples from rural and urban landscapes. Water Security: Vol. 11 – November 2, 2020.
- Amina Mohammed on Contemporary Drivers of Conflict and Insecurity. UN Web TV – November 3, 2020.
- Tom Orrell. Shaping the data governance landscape: A multi-sectoral approach to use, protection, and inclusive digital transformation. SDSN TReNDS – November 5, 2020.
- Joshua Castellino. Colonial Crime, Environmental Destruction and Indigenous Peoples: A Roadmap to Accountability and Protection in Morten Bergsmo, Wolfgang Kaleck and Kyaw Yin Hlaing (editors), Colonial Wrongs and Access to International Law, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher – November 9, 2020.
- Shida Gao, Pan Liu, & Upmanu Lall. Seasonal Precipitation Predictability for the Northern Hemisphere Using Concurrent and Pre-Season Atmospheric Water Vapor Transport and Sea Surface Temperature. Journal of Hydrometeorology – November 13, 2020.
- Niharika Rahman, Ken E. Giller, Andreas de Neergaard, Jakob Magid, Gerrie van de Ven, & Thilde Bech Bruun. The effects of management practices on soil organic carbon stocks of oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 278, Part 2 – November 16, 2020.
- T.I. Bouwman, J.A. Andersson & Ken E. Giller. Adapting yet not adopting? Conservation agriculture in Central Malawi. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Vol. 307 – November 17, 2020.
- In Her Words with Mariana Mazzucato: An ‘Electrifying’ Economist’s Guide to Recovery. The New York Times – November 19, 2020.