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We’re SDSN Northern Europe and part of the SDSN Global.

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We’re a network of Nordic knowledge institutions.

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We get advice from a bunch of excellent sustainability experts.

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Why we do it.

To reach a sustainable society, we need change. Change requires power. Knowledge is power, so we network, because by connecting Nordic academia institutions we can better communicate to society what sustainability is all about and promote joint learning and sustainable solutions.

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About us

"You up here in the Nordic Region are amazing when it comes to make things happen, and by this you have a fantastic global voice."*

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe is an action-oriented network focusing on mobilizing Nordic scientific and technological expertise to solve problems and create a more sustainable society. The network links knowledge to action in order for society to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information about the 17 SDGs, go to: sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Each person matters in the work to achieve a sustainable society. Yet sustainability can be a complex and overwhelming task. Luckily, academia has the role of understanding the complexity of sustainability. For example, can you imagine all the interconnections among the 169 pre-targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And sustainability is not just about understanding a complex structure of cause-and-effect relationships, but also about understanding and considering a long-term perspective. As an illustration of this seemingly simple concept, do you normally think of your grandchildren when you decide to take a flight to Paris? It feels good to know that academia does better in this respect than most people.

* Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

If you interest in our history, you should know that…

Despite a long tradition of research, education, and innovation for sustainable development, only a fraction of the results of these activities are utilized to steer society in a more sustainable direction. Therefore, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was established in 2012 under the auspices of the former United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving to reach the SDGs.

The secretariat of the SDSN Global  is located in Paris, France, and New York, USA. The world-renowned professor of economics, Jeffrey D. Sachs, is the director of SDSN.

The SDSN Northern Europe was launched in February 2016, in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a national and regional network to support the realization of actions to achieve the SDGs.

Associate professor, Network Co-Chair Katarina Gårdfeldt katarina.gardfeldt@chalmers.se
Katarina Gårdfeldt is Associate professor in Environmental Inorganic Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology. She is the Director of Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Professor, Network Co-Chair Katherine Richardson kari@science.ku.dk
Katherine Richardson, is a Professor in Biological Oceanography and the Director of Sustainability Science Centre, and Vice Dean at Copenhagen University since 2007.
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SDSN Northern Europe Leadership Council Members

Leader Council
Council Member Serena Kao
Serena Kao is an experienced banker and the current chairwoman of San Teh Foundation, a family funded foundation. San Teh Group was founded by her father, and the group has businesses across China, Singapore and Taiwan in industries such as cement, conductive rubber, electronics, food, hotel and real estate. The Kao family believes in “San Teh” spirit, which are “Filial Piety & Loyalty, Benevolence and Prudence”.
Council Member John Kornerup Bang
John Kornerup Bang is Head of Sustainability Strategy and shared value initiatives at Maersk and brings 20 years of experience working on sustainable globalization. Currently in Maersk, he drives the development of the overall direction and priorities on sustainability as well as work on solving larger systemic issues related to global logistics through combining commercial muscle with multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Council Member Stig P Christensen
Stig P Christensen is a strategic advisor and director at SPC advice since June 2013. He was previously senior R&D director at COWI were he was responsible for cross business unit business development and innovation, including strategic and operational management of innovation initiatives.
Council Member Tarja Halonen
Tarja Halonen is a Finnish politician who was the 11th President of Finland, serving from 2000 to 2012. She was the first female head of state in Finland.
Council Member Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki
Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki is a research coordinator at Helsinki University, where she is active within the field of environmental research, coordination and cross-sectoral integration in REDD.
Council Member Annik Magerholm Fet
Annik Magerholm Fet is the Director and academic head of NTNU's strategic research area Sustainability. She is a Professor of environmental management, systems engineering and life-cycle analysis at NTNU in Trondheim.
Council Member Carl Folke
Professor Carl Folke is Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and founder and Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Since the mid-1980s he has broken new grounds in understanding the dynamic interplay of humans and nature, of economy and ecology, and developed research on social-ecological systems and resilience thinking from management and stewardship of ecosystem services in the seas and on the land to global sustainability. Carl is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
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