In 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity, for people and the planet. The transformation that is needed to make this vision a reality is enormous in scale and complex. Universities are well-positioned to support this transition. They develop new technologies, business models, and governance frameworks; train future leaders to be globally-conscious and innovative; and have a proven track record working with diverse stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes the world’s academic and research institutes and leverages their strengths to help realize the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. It has operated under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General since 2012. The SDSN pursues its mission by working with over 1,300 member institutions in 130 countries, organized into 38 networks at the national and regional level. This expertise is channeled into multi-stakeholder events, pilot projects and SDG implementation in the field, and reports, including the Sustainable Development Report and the World Happiness Report, which have been downloaded millions of times.

In their respective countries and regions, SDSN’s networks of universities, research centers, and other knowledge institutions focus on:

  • Localizing and mobilizing support for the SDGs, including supporting governments in understanding and addressing the challenges of sustainable development;
  • Promoting high-quality education and research collaboration for sustainable development;
  • Vetting and launching solution initiatives, including supporting the preparation of long-term pathways

This report presents our unique global network of problem solvers and their contributions to addressing the world’s most pressing problems.

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