How to engage in the network
A membership in SDSN offers a lot of different ways to engage for sustainable development. Here we present some of your options.
SDSN is a global network enabling you to stay updated on what is happening in terms of sustainability around the world. As a researcher or a teacher, you have the opportunity to gain increased visibility globally and get inspiration and data for both research and teaching. Below you find initiatives that are fantastic resources for you to use and contribute to.
- The SDG Index and SDGs Today collect sustainability data from all UN member states and represents sources of knowledge, understanding, research and education for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- SDG Academy creates free massive open online courses and educational materials on sustainable development and the SDGs.
- In connection with UNGA, when the UN General Assembly convenes, SDSN organizes the International Conference on Sustainable Development and the Global Solutions Forum, where members have the chance to participate, contribute and network.
- To facilitate communication globally within the network, the Mobilize platform is used, where all members’ staff can join and communicate.
SDSN in the Nordics
In our regional network, covering the Nordic countries, the members and their needs are in focus.
- The secretariat arranges regular member meetings and thematic webinars where members share experiences, challenges and discuss current issues.
- We support long-term projects that involve many members and can have a global impact. We highlight them under the concept of Solutions Initiatives, for example the Mistra Carbon Exit research programme and the Climate Framework for Higher Education Institutions. Another example of a multi-member project is the joint survey on Travel and Digital Meetings during Covid-19, which was prepared with several of our members.
- We offer a tool for understanding how different activities affect the global goals. The SDG Impact Assessment Tool is freely available online and it is used in several ways. Teachers use it in their teaching. Researchers use it to reflect on their own research in relation to all sustainability goals, for example to broaden their own perspective before writing research proposals. Innovation offices use it to secure the sustainability benefits of new innovations. Companies, municipalities, authorities and non-profit organizations also use the tool to map the impacts from their operations on the SDGs. We present different user scenarios in the SDG Impact Assessment Tool Guide 1.0.
Between SDSN networks
An advantage of belonging to a global network is that it makes it easier to find partners in other countries.
- One example is the initiative “SDGs in Universities” which is a collaboration with SDSN in Australia, New Zealand & Pacific. Via a separate group on the communication platform Mobilize, members around the world share challenges, guides, good examples, reports, invitations to events and other valuable material. This initiative also includes the recently published guide Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities and a database with 50 good examples of how to teach the SDGs.
- SDSN Europe is a new initiative (Jan 2021). SDSN Germany, SDSN Greece and SDSN Mediterranean share the lead of this initiative, but the aim is to connect all European networks and collaborate on issues at the EU level, such as the European Green Deal, Codid-19 recovery plans and the EU climate law. SDSN Europe also aims to share relevant projects and solutions and collaborate to scale them up at the European level.
- In the new project XPaths (pathways to the SDGs in drylands), Stockholm University and the SDSN Northern Europe secretariat collaborates with SDSN Spain, SDSN Brazil, and SDSN SAHEL.
What can you do as next step?
- Explore the SDG Impact Assessment Tool.
- Sign up for the SDSN collaboration platform Mobilize. Join groups of your interest.
- Connect with another member to explore collaboration opportunities. Find contacts on our Members’ page.
- Check out events arranged by our members or the secretariat.
- Connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
- Contact the secretariat if you want to explore the opportunities for regional, European or global collaboration – or if you have any ideas for improvement!