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.