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SDSN Member Conference: Universities Implementing the SDGs in Afghanistan

30. August 2019 - 21:06

On August 29th, SDSN member Kateb University hosted the Conference on the Role of Universities in Implementing the SDGs in Afghanistan.

The event was support by the national Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, and was co-organized in partnership with national and international development organizations and key stakeholders working on the SDGs in the country. As author of the “Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities” guide, Dr. Tahl Kestin from SDSN Australia, NZ & Pacific, tuned in to deliver a speech on this important field of work.

Overall objectives of the conference were:

  • To provide an overall update on the current status of SDGs progress in Afghanistan
  • To discuss possible actions by Afghan universities to help achieve the SDGs by 2030
  • To explore opportunities of synergies and collaboration
  • To highlight lessons learned from universities around the globe and discuss their applicability to the Afghan context

This first-ever conference on the SDGs in Afghanistan brought together universities and other stakeholders to discuss the impact of tertiary education institutions on the achievement of Agenda 2030 in the country. The major expected outcomes were:

  • To enhance understanding of the SDGs and their status in Afghanistan
  • To create partnerships among universities to advance SDG implementation in areas of education, research, creation and dissemination of knowledge
  • To explore partnership opportunities between universities and other stakeholders by offering synergies to achieve the SDGs in Afghanistan
  • To produce a comprehensive conference report to be shared with stakeholders
  • To develop a policy note to highlight the SDGs status in Afghanistan from different stakeholders’ perspectives and propose policy recommendations for better implementation of the SDGs in Afghanistan

Other key takeaways from the conference include:

  • UNDP Afghanistan will share the Meta Data document with universities and ask them to work together on data analysis.
  • The Minister of Economy encouraged universities to focus on localization, costing and national strategies for the SDGs during the 2020-2030 period.
  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs encouraged Kateb University to take the lead in creating a national network of universities, research centers, and think tanks by establishing SDSN Afghanistan.

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SDSN at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week

30. August 2019 - 16:24

From 19-23 August, around 4,000 people gathered for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2019) with calls for more ambition and stronger collaboration among all levels of government, the private sector, and civil society to implement the national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contribution, or “NDCs”) and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

A panel on Long-Term Strategies and Decarbonization, facilitated by Agustin Matteri from UN Environment, convened Amal Lee Amin, Division Chief of Climate Change of the InterAmerican Development Bank; Patricia Campos, Climate Change Director at the Ministry of the Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; Emma Torres, Associate Director , Head of New York Office, SDSN; Ivan Dario, Coordinator of Low Carbon Development Strategy at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia; Ana Carolina Szklo, from the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development; and Benino Hain, from the Ministry of Environment of Germany.

The dialogue explored the vision and challenges for countries to achieve decarbonization by 2050. In the LAC region, Costa Rica and Chile are committed to this goal, along with other countries such as Colombia, currently exploring different pathways towards deep decarbonization. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is supporting countries in the region to achieve these ambitious goals, along with some foreign governments like Germany. Similarly, several industries in the Brazil’s private sector are advancing low carbon strategies and exploring new business models for the future.

Prior to the UNFCCC 2015 Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris, SDSN and IDRRI, a leading European think-tank, undertook the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) engaging national teams in 16 countries covering 70 percent of global carbon emissions. The exercise demonstrated the technical feasibility for countries to significantly decarbonize their energy, transport, and industrial sectors by mid-century. The reports highlighted the potential of regional, national, and sub-national long-term strategies supported by integrated policies, regulations, and market mechanisms like carbon pricing.

Many of those national studies are now informing well-designed policy packages in consultation with stakeholders, policies, and resources specific to national contexts. It is critical to reduce fear and build stakeholder consensus through visioning/ pathways. A common message from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, is the  critical need to articulate a clear long-term vision and not an incremental approach in order to avoid stranded assets and technology lock-in which will inhibit the energy transformation necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

The LAC region has a unique endowment of renewable assets and is in a position to embark on ambitious regional projects such as a renewable energy-dominated inter-connected power grid. Further, the region is a biodiversity superpower and is a major agricultural producer. However, land use and deforestation are significant carbon emitters. The need for broad regional coalitions on climate, forests, and agriculture- like the one established in Brazil – to transform the region into a sustainable innovative green and inclusive economy is essential. SDSN academics and member universities interacting at the country level are well positioned to support this process.

In the USA, the Green New Deal has led to national discussions on infrastructure and climate change. As a result, SDSN USA is now undertaking a USA Pathways Project to explore the energy transition in the Midwest and Southeast– regions with challenging political environments and currently low renewable energy penetration. The technical analysis for these two regions will be ready by the end of 2019, highlighting the pathways for decarbonization and the potential social development impacts of an integrated, well planned, energy transition.

The implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement calls for major transformations. Universities, think tanks, and civil society can contribute by providing long-term pathways analyses and offering policy-makers their expertise and practical solutions. This is the vision of SDSN.

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Open Position: Food and Land Systems Modeller, FABLE Consortium

30. August 2019 - 15:56

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It is directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, SDG Advocate, and has offices in New York, Paris, and New Delhi.

In 2017, several institutions, including the SDSN, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the EAT Foundation, World Resources Institute, Systemiq, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, launched the Food and Land Use Coalition. The Coalition aims to provide the practical connections, the evidence base for action and a vision for change to drive a food and land use system transformation.

Within this Coalition, SDSN and IIASA are coordinating the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy Pathways (FABLE) Consortium, a global network of leading knowledge institutions in G20 and other major economies. The Consortium is assisting countries in undertaking strategic land-use and water planning. To this end FABLE Consortium members develop consistent national pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems. They also engage civil society, business, scientists, and other stakeholders in formulating and implementing these pathways

Position Overview:

The SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented Modeller to join the small team managing the FABLE Consortium based in Paris or Montpellier. Reporting to the Scientific Director of the FABLE Consortium, and working closely with colleagues at SDSN, IIASA, and PIK, the Modeller will support the deployment of economic models of the food and land systems in the FABLE country teams. He or she will contribute to the analytical work under FABLE and help manage relationships with partners.


• Work on the FABLE Calculator
• Develop training material related to the FABLE modelling tools and topics
• Adapt modeling tools to national contexts
• Review modeling results and analyses from the different country teams and provide feedback for improvements
• Develop alone or in collaboration with other members of the Secretariat or the FABLE Consortium, innovative modeling approaches to covering the three pillars of sustainable land-use and food systems
• Contribute to project management and deliverables, including writing of scientific papers

This position requires international travel.


• PhD in agriculture, forestry, land-use modelling, or equivalent.
• At least 3-year proven experience in agricultural, forestry or land-use modelling, experience with different modeling approaches will be appreciated
• Demonstrated ability to learn new modelling approaches quickly
• Proficiency in Excel and R and ideally some knowledge in GAMS
• Deep understanding of the technical FABLE challenges as well as their policy implications at national, regional, and global levels
• A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
• Proven international working experience
• Good English oral communication and writing skills. Full proficiency desirable in one or more other languages, notably French, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
• Good presentation and communication skills
• The candidate must have the right to work in France


To apply, submit a CV and cover letter to We aim to fill this position as soon as possible and will process applications when they are received. Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2019 (midnight, Paris time). We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements.

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“Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” lays out integrated framework for implementing the SDGs

26. August 2019 - 13:00
In a perspective in Nature Sustainability, researchers propose six transformations as modular building blocks for SDG achievement

SDG Transformation 5 focuses on Sustainable Cities and Communities

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations in every country that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business. While significant progress is being made on some goals, no country is currently on track towards achieving all SDGs. Says Prof Sachs, “the SDGs have become the world’s shared framework for sustainable development, but countries need more clarity on how to operationalize and track progress towards the 17 goals. Similarly, businesses, science, and civil society must support SDG achievement.”

In response, the new paper “Six Transformations to Achieve the SDGs”, published on 26 August in the journal Nature Sustainability, builds on the 2018 report of The World in 2050 Project to propose an action agenda for implementing the SDGs. Written by Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University), Guido Schmidt-Traub (Sustainable Development Solutions Network), Mariana Mazzucato (University College London), Dirk Messner (United Nations University), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), and Johan Rockström (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) the paper identifies the major interventions needed to achieve each SDG and groups them in six SDG Transformations.

“The six transformations provide an integrated and holistic framework for action that reduces the complexity, yet encompasses the 17 SDGs, their 169 Targets and the Paris Agreement. They provide a new approach to shift from incremental to transformational change; to identify synergies using sustainable development pathways; formulate actionable roadmaps; and a focus on inter-relationships to uncover multiple benefits and synergies,” explains Nebojsa Nakicenovic.

The Six SDG Transformations align with how governments are organized. With suitable modification for each country’s context, governments, business, and civil society can use them to organize SDG implementation. The paper also outlines an action agenda for science to provide the knowledge required for designing, implementing, and monitoring the SDG Transformations.

Adds Johan Rockström, “the six transformations in this paper have the ultimate goal of enhancing human prosperity and reduce inequalities. This is not easy of course. In fact it is the largest human endeavour of all time. And science is here to provide governments with a fact-based framework. If political leadership fails to act, however, we would face unprecedented risks for the stability of societies, and for our Earth system.”

“Implementing the Transformations will require major changes in national and local governance that are bold but feasible. They are described in the paper, and we look forward to working with countries wishing to operationalize the transformations,” says Dirk Messner.

Sachs J D, Schmidt-Traub G, Mazzucato M, Messner D, Nakicenovic N, Rockström J (2019). Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development GoalsNature Sustainability. doi: DOI 10.1038/s41893-019-0352-9

Researcher contact:
Guido Schmidt-Traub
Executive Director SDSN
Tel: +33 1 84 86 06 63

You can download the PDF version of this Press Release here.

Find the full version of the paper here.

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The Tragedy of the Synergy?

22. August 2019 - 16:00

This guest blog is an excerpt of a longer piece that SDSN Agriculture & Food Systems Manager Dr. Linda Veldhuizen wrote for Impakter. Click here to view the entire article

If we manage to achieve the SDGs, 2030 will be a year to look forward to. This will be the year that we end poverty and hunger, have equal opportunities in life and live in harmony with nature. Although this may sound like utopia, this is what 193 world leaders agreed upon with the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Synergies could be the key.

Many of these SDGs are interconnected, with generally more synergies than trade-offs. Such synergies can create a win-win situation that would make it easier to achieve the SDGs because an investment in one SDG will bring us closer to achieving another SDG as well. But is this realistic?

When we look at the current state of our food system, we see that hunger and obesity are on the rise, while progress on reducing stunting and wasting may be too slow to achieve SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” by 2030. Moreover, yield gaps persist in many parts of the world while concerns for the sustainability of our agricultural systems are mounting and poverty in rural areas remains high.

So why are there so many SDG synergies and yet so little progress?

1. The SDGs and Their Targets Are Not of Similar Size

2. Synergies Work Both Ways: Win-Win but Also Lose-Lose

Continue reading on Impakter

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Exploring Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics: Prof. Sachs visits Greece

21. August 2019 - 17:15

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, recently visited Greece together with Dr. Sonia Sachs, Director, Health Sector, Center for Sustainable Development. During his stay he attended a two-week program organized by SDSN Greece and SDSN Black Sea.

On July 25, 2019, Prof. Sachs met with professors from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUoT) and presented his proposal for the development of an economic model based on the principles of Aristotelian ethical philosophy. Prof. Sachs is currently developing a humanistic economic model based on the principles of Aristotle’s ethics, bringing to the forefront a global interest in Aristotle. He expressed his willingness to support the goal of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies of AUTH to promote the work of the Stageirite philosopher worldwide. The meeting was attended by several high-ranking university officials and the relevant press release can be accessed here.

From July 29 to August 2, 2019, SDSN Greece held a symposium titled “Neo-Classical Economics Reconsidered within Plato’s and Aristotle’s Epistemological and Ethical Framework,” hosted at the historical library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, courtesy of the Panos Laskaridis family. The symposium was led by Professor Nikitas Pittis, University of Piraeus, and Prof. Sachs with contributors from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Athena Research and Innovation Center, and the Athens University of Economics and Business.

During the Symposium, Plato’s and Aristotle’s main theories were revisited in order to assess their potential for reforming the Neoclassical Economics paradigm towards including Aristotelian Ethics. SDSN Greece envisages for this Symposium to become an annual interdisciplinary academic event, bringing together world experts that aim to develop an interdisciplinary framework based on Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics, within which the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development will be facilitated.

Jeffrey, Sonia and Adam Sachs, with Nikitas Pittis, UNIPI, Stelios Virvidakis, NKUA, Phoebe Koundouri, AUEB, Andreas Papandreou, NKUA, Lydia Papadaki, Sotiris Drossis, and Katerina Lambrinou at the historical library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.

During his stay, Professor Sachs also met with the Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis in order to discuss Greece’s shift to a sustainable development model. The focus of the meeting was the potential pathways in which Greece can combine environmental protection with the attraction of significant investment and the creation of new jobs on a large scale. The relevant press release can be accessed here (in Greek), which was widely disseminated in all Greek mass media.

The meeting of Professor Jeffrey Sachs with Minister Kostis Hatzidakis

Lastly, Prof. Sachs and selected seminar participants attended a dinner meeting hosted by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations, Laskaridis Shipping Company LTD and Lavinia Bulk Limited, where discussions focused on Sustainability Transition of the Shipping Industry, in particular, and Sustainable Blue Growth, in general.

Related to these discussions, SDSN will launch the 4-SEAS Sustainable Blue Growth Initiative: Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caspian and Aral Seas, as well as a Global Roundtable on Zero- Emission Ocean Shipping, including world-leading ship technologists, ship owners, shipbuilders, and ports worldwide during the 3rd Sustainability Summit from 16th-17th October, organized by The Economist and SDSN Greece.

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The Role of Universities in Implementation of the SDGs in Afghanistan

20. August 2019 - 16:39

On August 29, SDSN Member Kateb University is organizing a conference on “The Role of Universities in Implementation of the SDGs in Afghanistan”. The event seeks to highlight challenges and potential solutions for achieving the SDGs in Afghanistan, focusing specifically on the role universities play in SDG implementation.

The one-day conference will happen in Kabul, Afghanistan, and boasts high-level participation from the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, UNDP, and others. Academic experts from SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, University of Hamburg, ETH Switzerland, SOAS University of London, and others, will share their ideas and experiences with the participants. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, will speak to the current context of SDG implementation in Afghanistan and highlight its challenges and opportunities for the country.

The SDSN is proudly supporting this event, together with Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan (MoE), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Monash Institute of Development Studies.

As a result of the conference, Kateb University aims to enhance the overall understanding on the SDGs and its status quo in Afghanistan, create partnerships among universities to advance SDG implementation in the areas of education, research, creation and dissemination of knowledge; and explore partnership opportunities between universities and other stakeholders by offering synergies to accomplish the SDGs in Afghanistan.

To learn more about the speakers and the agenda, visit the full website of this conference here.

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Open position: Education Intern, SDG Academy

13. August 2019 - 22:53



The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.


The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.


Education Intern

Job Posting Date: August 13, 2019

The SDG Academy is seeking an Education Intern to help facilitate the development and dissemination of online courses and other educational material in sustainable development.

You will play a key role as part of a small team based across New Delhi and New York City that values proactivity and creative thinking to meet our ambitious goals. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our online presence, as well as developing content for our courses. The position requires 15-20 hours/week and most of the time will be spent at the SDSN offices located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (some remote work may be considered). Candidates must have prior legal authorization to work in the U.S. The position runs until December 31, 2019, with possibility of extension pending funding.

  • Assist in developing and building courses on the online platform, including uploading and formatting content. 
  • Create and upload transcripts.
  • Manage course translation workflows. 
  • Assist with the management of the SDG Academy content library.
  • Support course teams by answering student emails and facilitating course runs.
  • Any additional requests by the SDG Academy team.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Some experience with education or pedagogy, particularly online courses or e-learning.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Some experience with content and/or learning management systems.
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, international affairs, or other relevant content area.
  • At least 1-2 semesters of an undergraduate degree program already complete.
Preferred characteristics:
  • A declared major in international or sustainable development, or education.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (1-2 pages) to with the subject line: “Application: Education Intern”


As an equal opportunity employer, SDSN is committed to ensuring that organization employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, unemployment status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


Please be aware fraudulent offers of employment are being sent in the name of the SDSN. These correspondences may contain official-looking SDSN letterheads and/or logos, logos or forms of the United Nations, and e-mail or web site addresses resembling the official addresses of SDSN or United Nations entities. Read our full Employment Fraud Notice

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Announcing the Inaugural Global Solutions Forum (GSF)

12. August 2019 - 15:08


We are excited to announce the first annual Global Solutions Forum, an international event where experts in science, tech, and public policy will gather to share progress, highlight victories, and inspire one another to keep moving forward.

We all know that progress surrounding the SDGs can often be slow and incremental. But all over the planet, brilliant people are implementing local initiatives and scalable solutions that hold more than just the promise of measurable impact. The Global SolutionsForum is an exciting opportunity to highlight these successes, so that governments, foundations, and the private sector might adapt them for use in their own communities.

The event will take place in New York City on September 25th, 2019, in parallel to the International Conference for Sustainable Development and the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. Over the course of 90 minutes, presenters will share 7-minute rapid-fire talks highlighting concrete efforts to achieve sustainable development. More like TED talks than doctoral dissertations, each presentation will pack challenges and discoveries into 420 seconds of stories, images, and insights.

Stay tuned and follow us for more information to come and follow along as we collectively address some of the world’s biggest challenges:
Twitter: @SDSNGSF
Facebook: @GlobalSolutionsForum



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Open Position: Finance & Contracts Manager

7. August 2019 - 19:36

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.  The SDSN mobilizes research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Paris Climate Agreement.  Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is the Director of the SDSN, and Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub is the Executive Director.

SDSN Association was set up in March 2014 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization to support the SDSN.  The SDSN secretariat has offices in New York and Paris hosted by SDSN Association and SDSN Association Paris, respectively.

The SDSN Association is seeking a dynamic and talented professional to manage the organization’s contracts portfolio and to support the finance and administration team more broadly. This position is based in New York, but will report to the Head of Finance and Administration, based in the SDSN Secretariat Paris office.


The Finance & Contracts Manager will be responsible for:

  • Management of the contracting process for Service Providers, Consultants, and Subgrantees for the SDSN Association. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Manage existing templates and update as necessary
    • Liaise with the President of the SDSN Association, Head of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Project Managers to develop and finalize agreements
    • Manage vendor documents and perform due diligence on all contractors
    • Oversee all commitments in the SDSN Association’s financial system (Intacct)
    • Monitor contracts from the preparation stage through close-out and review all reporting
    • Receive and process invoices
    • Identify and troubleshoot areas of improvement in the contracting process and contract management, including, but not limited to: issues arising with subcontractors, problems with reporting, areas of risk, donor requirements that impact contracting, and issues arising out of audits.
  • Support financial management for the SDSN Association, including, but not limited to:
    • Provide assistance with annual and grant-specific audits
    • Approve staff expense reports and invoices according to the chart of approvals
    • Interface with the Chief Financial Officer and the Controller to support book keeping
  • Support human resources processes for the SDSN Association, including, but not limited to:
    • Prepare New York staff offer letters, renewal letters, and salary revision documents
    • Prepare and input bi-monthly New York payroll, help manage staff in the payroll system, and prepare payroll allocations
    • Manage the effort reporting process in coordination with the Head of Finance and Administration for the entire organization
    • Manage staff in the SDSN Association human resources software system (HR Partners), including managing staff leave days
  • Other related tasks as requested
  • The candidate must have the legal right to work in the United States.
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience in a related field (contracts, grant management, payroll and HR).
  • An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in business administration, management, financial management, or related fields of study.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills.
  • Expert use of the Microsoft Office Suite required; experience working in a financial system (Intacct, NetSuite, QuickBooks, etc.) is preferred. Knowledge of Intacct is an added advantage.
  • The candidate must be highly organized and process-oriented with an ability to meet agreed deadlines.
  • The candidate needs to be professional and resourceful with the ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • The candidate must enjoy working collaboratively in a small team environment across multiple locations.
  • Fluency in French is preferred.
  • Start Date: September 1, 2019
  • Location: This position will be based in New York City, NY
  • Contract Length: This appointment is valid for a period of one year, subject to renewal upon review of work performance
  • Hours: Full time
  • Reporting: This position reports to the Head of Finance and Administration, SDSN
  • Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package
  • Travel: This position will not require travel

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Join us at the 2019 UNGA!

7. August 2019 - 15:05

We are thrilled to invite you to join us at the following side events, which SDSN is hosting or are organized by our partners:

International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 – Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm both days
Columbia University Campus (Faculty House & Lerner Hall)

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global Solutions Forum
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 4 pm – 8:30 pm
Columbia University Campus (Faculty House)

SDSN’s Global Solutions Forum (GSF) brings together the network’s sustainable development experts from around the world to showcase how they are implementing local initiatives that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The inaugural GSF will convene inspiring SDG actors for rapid-fire presentations where they can share progress, highlight victories, and inspire all of us to keep moving forward. Each Global Solution presentation will pack challenges and discoveries into 7 minutes of stories, images, and insights.

The Global Pact for the Environment and the Sustainable Development Agenda
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019, 5:15 pm – 7:30pm
Columbia University Campus (Law School)

This conference, the third annual of its kind, will build upon the last two years of diplomatic efforts to promote the Global Pact and discuss opportunities to strengthen international environmental governance. This conference focuses on the ability of a Global Pact for the Environment, which aims to unify international environmental governance and codify a human right to the environment in international law, to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including by linking the 2030 Agenda to the international environmental legal system.

Columbia International Investment Conference – Aligning Corporations with the Sustainable Development Goals
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019, 9 am – 5:30 pm
Columbia University Campus (Faculty House)

This conference aims to clearly and rigorously define SDG-aligned corporate activity to bring coherence and rigor to SDG measurement, reporting, and tools. It will also take stock of what has already been achieved in terms of identifying relevant metrics and indicators, and in ensuring meaningful reporting and assessment in accordance with those indicators, so that new voluntary and regulatory efforts can build on optimal approaches, and fill gaps where they exist.

SDSN Leadership Council Meeting
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 – Friday, Sep 27, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm both days
Columbia University Campus

This event is invitation-only.

The Climate Crisis, Global Land Use, and Human Rights
Friday, Sep 27, 2019
Ford Foundation

This conference will analyze the critical role that land plays in achieving climate solutions, the degree to which climate change may reshape regional abilities to support sustainable ecosystems, and the ways in which these land and climate interactions might affect land rights, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

SDSN United States Meeting
Saturday, September 28, 2019

This will be a convening for members of the United States chapter of SDSN. Additional information coming shortly.

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Open Position: Manager (Paris, France)

2. August 2019 - 21:40

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network ( has been working under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General since August 2012. The network is led by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs and is building a global network of universities, research centers, civil society organizations and other knowledge centers in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). National and Regional SDSNs have been established to accelerate practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and regional levels. These networks are very active and are playing a leading role in localizing the SDGs in their respective regions.

Position Overview:

The SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented individual to help develop and manage National and Regional SDSNs, and to support their efforts to localize the SDGs. Based out of the Paris office of the SDSN, the Manager will report to the Director of the Networks Program and work closely with the SDSN team. The position requires international travel.

Principal responsibilities:
  • Work with several National and Regional SDSNs to support them in establishing their structures, recruit members, develop and implement ambitious work programs, and mobilize resources.
  • Support the membership drive of the SDSN, notably in the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Build SDSN services for its members.
  • Manage budgets associated with activities under their responsibility.
  • Represent the SDSN at meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare and contribute to
  • Work with leading scientists and business executives to support their effective work in the SDSN.
  • Support new special initiatives of the
  • Minimum five years combined relevant experience.
  • Successful record of project management, including the ability to motivate others and the flexibility to respond to changing priorities in fast-paced environment.
  • Outstanding English oral and written communication skills. Full proficiency desirable in one or more other languages, notably Arabic.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage partnerships and client relationships at senior level.
  • Advanced degree in economics, development, natural sciences, engineering, business or related
  • The candidate must have the right to work in France.
Salary and application:

Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a 12-month contract (with the possibility of conversion into an open-ended contract – CDI) that will be administered by the SDSN Association Paris. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter via this link. We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements.

Le Réseau des Nations Unies pour les Solutions de Développement Durable (SDSN) travaille sous les auspices du Secrétaire général de l’ONU depuis août 2012.  Le réseau est dirigé par le Professeur Jeffrey D. Sachs et construit un réseau mondial d’universités, de centres de recherche, et des organisations de la société civile à l’appui des objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Des réseaux aux échelles nationales et régionales ont été créés pour accélérer la résolution de problèmes dans le domaine du développement durable. Ces réseaux sont très actifs et jouent un rôle de premier plan dans la localisation des ODD dans leurs régions respectives. Présentation du poste :La SDSN recherche un-e H/F dynamique pour appuyer  le développement et la gestion des réseaux nationaux et régionaux et soutenir leurs efforts pour localiser les ODD. Basé au bureau de Paris, le responsable de projet travaillera sous la direction du chef du programme réseaux et en étroite collaboration avec l’équipe SDSN. Le poste nécessite des voyages internationaux.

Missions principales :
  • Collaborer avec plusieurs réseaux nationaux et régionaux pour les aider à établir leurs structures, recruter des membres, élaborer et mettre en œuvre des programmes de travail ambitieux et mobiliser des ressources.
  • Soutenir l’adhésion des membres au SDSN.
  • Gérer les budgets associés aux activités sous sa responsabilité.
  • Représenter le SDSN lors de réunions et de conférences.
  • Préparer et contribuer aux publications.
  • Collaborer avec des scientifiques et des dirigeants d’entreprise de renom pour appuyer leur travail efficace dans le SDSN.
  • Soutenir les nouvelles initiatives spéciales du SDSN.
Qualifications :
  • 5 ans d’expérience minimum.
  • De l’expérience dans la gestion de projets, y compris la capacité de motiver les autres et la souplesse nécessaire pour répondre aux priorités changeantes dans un environnement où règne un rythme rapide.
  • Excellentes compétences en communication orale et écrite en anglais. Compétence souhaitable dans une ou plusieurs autres langues, notamment l’arabe.
  • Aptitude à gérer les partenariats et les relations avec des personnalités senior.
  • Diplôme d’études supérieures en économie, en développement, en sciences naturelles, en ingénierie, en affaires ou dans une discipline connexe.
  • Le candidat doit avoir le droit de travailler en France
Salaire et application:

Nous offrons un contrat de 12 mois (avec possibilité de renouvellement) avec un salaire négociable selon expérience. Pour postuler, veuillez soumettre votre CV et une lettre de motivation via ce lien. Nous contacterons uniquement les candidats dont le profil répond à nos critères.

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SDG Hackathon Aims to Break World Record

2. August 2019 - 21:21

Meeting the ambitious goals agreed in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement will require many transformations, in particular the mobilization of youth, financial resources, new technology, and capacity-building.

Enter Experimental Civics, a global innovation consultancy launching a world record-breaking hackathon to tackle the climate crisis. Sarah Sharif, Founder of Experimental Civics and under-30 entrepreneur, described their approach, saying “hackathons are action-oriented, community-driven, human-inspired events. We hope to catalyze the world to produce collaborative solutions to the climate crisis.”

The hackathon, called Capsule, aims to:

  • Generate 500 innovative solutions to ensure a livable future
  • Hack forward 100 projects on climate and global health, such as air
  • Develop 100 projects for carbon-friendly cities
  • Address root causes with 100 dedicated projects on energy

Sanjana Paul, founder of The Earth Hacks Foundation and official Capsule partner, discussed the immediacy of this project, warning that “This is not a drill. Our future depends on us making corrections to the unstable path we are currently on. The planet can survive without us, but we can’t survive without the planet, so we need urgent action to create change.”

Capsule will be hosted in Austin, Texas, in June 2020 and will draw a crowd of over 4,000 people, including individuals from government organizations, university students, engineers, full stack developers, urban planners, community organizers, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and educators.

Attendees will select one of six event challenges and produce a solution in the 48-hour window. The six challenges explore pain-points at the intersection of climate and society. They are:

  1. Art: Reminding people of the beauty of our planet, through projects such as sustainable decor or redesigning materials recovered after disasters to be re-used.
  2. Cities: Projects for smart cities, on issues such as sourcing clean water, renewable energy, sustainable building construction, and inclusive societies.
  3. Education: The growth of fake news is an alarming trend worldwide. Projects will ensure the general public and those who stand to inherit the planet acquire accurate and transparent information.
  4. Energy: Projects to power our planet safely, sustainably, and without detriment to our resources.
  5. Food: Projects around growing healthy food, tackling food deserts and scarcity, and developing smart sensors for composting.
  6. Health: We’ll be hacking a wide range of issues, including maternal and child health, fitness, and water and sanitation.

To learn more or to participate, please visit

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