24 Hour Webinar: Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth

Header for the 24 hour webinarThe Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites you to join our networks around the world, around the clock for a 24-hour webinar event: Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day anniversary.

Date: 22-23 April 2020
Time: 03:00 – 03:00 CET

During this 24-hour webinar, we will circumnavigate the globe to navigate happiness, well-being, and sustainability. According to the World Happiness Report, happiness is a better measure of a nation’s progress than GDP and using social well-being as a goal drives better public policy.

This 24-hour webinar will give you an opportunity to:

  • Engage with experts and community leaders on how various sustainable development initiatives across the globe are creating a more just and thriving society
  • Explore how the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being met across 13 regions and networks
  • Discuss how happiness is still alive amidst a global pandemic

The Nothern Europe network will be featured between 12:30 – 14:00 CET. Our session will include:

1. Get started with the SDGs – use the SDG Impact Assessment Tool

During this session, we will present the SDG Impact Assessment Tool. This is a free, online resource for making self-assessments of impacts from activities and organizations on the Sustainable Development Goals. The tool can help you to take on the SDGs in a simple and structured approach and identify relevant sustainability perspectives on specific projects.

  • Martin Eriksson, Network Manager of SDSN Northern Europe

2. The Climate Framework – how to work strategically with climate issues between organisations

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a central role to combat climate change. We have an important task to contribute through our teaching and research, but we also need to contribute by reducing the impact of our own operations. 37 HEIs have signed this framework and all consider the climate to be a crucial and prioritised issue. We undertake to do the following:

  • through education, research and external engagement help society as a whole to achieve set targets.
  • reduce our own climate impact in line with society’s commitment as expressed in national and international agreements.


  • Maria Djupström, Chalmers University of Technology, Sustainability Strategist
  • Kristina von Oelreich, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sustainability Manager

3. Sustainable Development from the Nordic Perspective – A Panel Discussion

Before the Corona and Covid-19 crisis, the SDSN Northern Europe planned to arrange a member conference. After we realized that his crisis meant that we couldn’t arrange a face-to-face conference, we quickly took our ambitions online and arranged an online member conference. This session broadcast the panel discussion from that online conference. The panellists discussed topics like the Global Sustainable Development Report and the paper Six Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, how academics can support the Science-Policy Interface, how education in Sustainable Development can be organized, how academics can collaborate with businesses and spillover effects from the Nordic countries.

  • Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, SDSN NE Network Co-Chair, Professor in Biological Oceanography, and director of the Sustainability Science Centre
  • Jan Pettersson, University of Gothenburg, SDSN NE Network Co-Chair, Professor in Atmospheric Sciences and director of the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Annik Magerholm Fet, Vice Rector of NTNU in Ålesund, Professor of Environmental management, Systems engineering and Lifecycle analysis
  • Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Research coordinator of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, HELSUS, PhD, Adjunct Professor in environmental policy, Program Director of strategic research programmes in sustainability


>> For more information and registration, visit the global SDSN website.



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