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.