SDSN Global


SDSN Director
– Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Global SDSN Secretariats
– New York
– Paris
– New Dehli

Global SDSN Network
– 11 Regional Secretariats
– 12 National Secretariats
– 293 members

Global SDSN Governance
– Leadership Council
– Executive Committee
– SDSN Assembly
– Academic Committee
– Global Secretariat

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was established in 2012 under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in support of the objectives of the SDGs. It is a global multistakeholder network that aims to identify and share the best pathways to sustainable development and to find innovative and applicable solutions. The SDSN provides an independent, open and inclusive process to support and scale up these solutions at national, regional and global levels as it works with stakeholders including universities, the private sector, government, UN agencies and international organizations. The SDSN will accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges. As part of the network, businesses will work alongside scientists and policy-makers to understand and anticipate new technological opportunities, shape and implement innovative solutions.

The SDSN is operationalized via secretariats hosted in Paris, New York and New Delhi, and mobilized by national and regional SDSN networks; each convened and coordinated by a national or regional secretariat. The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and a diverse set of backgrounds to participate in the running of the network while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision-making and accountability. The SDSN Leadership Council acts as the board of the SDSN. A smaller Executive Committee oversees financial, programmatic, and other operational matters. Twelve Thematic Groups involving experts from around the world lead the technical work of the SDSN. Members of the SDSN are part of the SDSN Assembly and can participate in National or Regional SDSNs. A small Academic Committee deals with issues relating to education and curriculum design.

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