The 2022 Networks in Action report shows SDSN expansion


This year’s report shows the growing global role of the SDSN, the world’s leading network of knowledge institutions, and the expansion of the program to 50 national, regional, and thematic networks.

Launched in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the 2022 Networks in Action report presents the latest initiatives and partnerships led by the SDSN’s networks to accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda. SDSN’s 50 national and regional Networks promote the localization and implementation of the SDGs, develop long-term transformation pathways, provide education for sustainable development, and launch Solutions Initiatives to address challenges. Each network focuses on distinct projects and priorities in line with their local contexts and challenges.

As John Thwaites, SDSN Leadership Council Co-Chair, states in the introductory article, at the time of its creation in 2012 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN’s goal was to mobilize the world’s universities and knowledge institutions to play a historic role in the great transformation to sustainable development. SDSN was tasked to “work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development.”

Over the years, SDSN created an extraordinary global network of universities and knowledge institutions covering most of the world. The Networks program of SDSN launched its first network in 2013 and has experienced continuous growth ever since. In 2022, SDSN reached over 1700 member institutions and 50 networks across 6 continents.

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