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 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.
In 2016, the SDSN expanded its mission with the creation of the SDG Academy. The SDG Academy creates and curates free, open educational resources on sustainable development and offers them as a global public good. In 2019, SDSN published a new framework to mobilize transformative efforts toward the SDGs, the Six Transformations Framework, which now informs our global strategy. With commitments to the SDGs made by nation states, universities, private business, and civil society, SDSN’s research and policy analysis work is helping promote solutions to realize the goals. SDSN continues to synthesize knowledge for sustainable development and will continue to do so for the decade ahead through our work on SDG pathways, data, policies, and financing, producing renowned annual reports such as the Sustainable Development Report (SDR) and World Happiness Report (WHR).
As of 2022, SDSN has over 1,600 members in 47 networks across 137 countries.
The main offices of SDSN are located in Paris, New York, and Kuala Lumpur.
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