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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Welcome to SDSN's April Newsletter!
Vatican Symposium on Climate Change On April 28, 2015, the Pontifical
Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, SDSN, and Religions for Peace
organized a scientific symposium on "Protect the Earth, Dignify
Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable
Humanity." Leaders from science, major religions, business, civil
society, and governments, including the President of Italy, attended the
one day event. Pope Francis met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
before the Secretary-General gave the opening address at the symposium. read more »
On April 23, 2015, the SDSN released the third edition of the World Happiness Report.
The report explores how happiness differs by age, gender, and across
regions; looks at how happiness and well-being metrics fit into the
post-2015 agenda; and examines the neuroscience of happiness. On April
24, 2015, the SDSN hosted an all-day workshop on happiness and
well-being data and research directions. The expert workshop was
followed by a public launch event in New York.read more »
With the Bertelsmann
Foundation, the OECD, Eurostat, PARIS21, and several National and
Regional Networks, SDSN organized a technical workshop on tracking the
SDGs in OECD countries.
SDSN and IUSSP co-hosted
a meeting entitled "Harnessing the Data Revolution for Development:
Issues in the design and monitoring of SDG indicators” at the Cartagena
SDSN also presented its work on Data for Development at the Board meeting of PARIS21.
Release of “Financing Sustainable Development” Following Public Consultation On April 8, 2015, SDSN released an
extensive Working Paper on Financing Sustainable Development, which
outlines the principal issues in the run-up to the Financing for
Development conference in Addis. In particular, the paper focuses on how
progress in key thematic areas can be accelerated. We are grateful to
the many organizations who have submitted comments on this document. read more »
New NYC Sustainability Plan: OneNYC On April 22, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio released New York City’s new sustainability plan, OneNYC, which builds on PlaNYC established
under former Mayor Bloomberg and weaves in a strong focus on equity and
social justice. The plan presents a roadmap for an integrated urban
sustainable development strategy, aligned with the global SDG process.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs served as co-chair of the Sustainability
Advisory Board, overseeing the plan’s development. read more »
Climate Change Science & Negotiations Online Course This ten-week course, led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Emmanuel Guerin, provides the science and policy context around the UN COP21 climate negotiations to be held in Paris in December of this year. Please email
the education initiatives team if you are interested in using SDSNedu
online course materials in your own programs and courses. enroll today »
Workshop on Nuclear Energy's Possible Role in Decarbonization On the April 9, 2015, the SDSN’s Deep
Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) hosted a workshop on “Nuclear
Power's Possible Role in Lowering Global Carbon Output” at Columbia
University. The event convened wide range of climate and energy experts
to examine the advances, opportunities, and challenges of nuclear energy
technology. read more »
SDSN's Thematic Group on
Health For All Co-Chairs Irene Agyepong, Gordon Liu, and Srinath Reddy,
with Lauren Barredo, SDSN Manager, have published an article in the
latest UN Chronicle. “The SDGs and a Healthier 2030” examines at lessons learned from the MDGs in the health sector and how to improve global health under the SDGs.
Lauren Barredo, Manager, and
Achim Dobermann, Co-Chair of SDSN's Thematic Group on Sustainable
Agriculture and Food Systems, recently published an article on “Monitoring progress on agriculture and rural development” in Rural 21, which discusses principles for selecting SDGs indicators, gaps in data collection and access, and how to build data capacity.
The Environment Research Center
at the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq, has established a
"Permanent Green-Tech Gallery" to provide an opportunity for the
international green technology producers to showcase their
products/ideas to the Iraqi private & public sectors. For more
information, please email Professor Mukdad Al-Khateeb .