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 UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was established in 2012 under the auspices of former UN 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 global SDSN is located in Paris, France, and New York, USA. World-renowned Professor of Economics Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of SDSN.
SDSN Northern Europe was launched in February 2016, in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a regional network to support the Nordic knowledge institutions in their implementation of actions to achieve the SDGs. SDSN Northern Europe includes all SDSN member institutions in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The network is hosted by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.