SDSN Mediterranean

SDSN Mediterranean is the Regional hub for the Mediterranean of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), directed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned the SDSN to mobilize academia, research institutes, civil society, and the private sector in pursuit of practical solutions for sustainable development. Although SDSN is not a UN agency per se, thus ensuring a high degree of independence from Member States, we are working closely with the UN and its agencies on the broadest scope of topics in the area of sustainable development globally.

SDSN Mediterranean is hosted by the University of Siena (Italy).

The University of Siena, founded in 1240, this is one of the world’s oldest Universities with long-standing research and project activities in sustainable development with a particular focus on the Mediterranean.

Activities of SDSN Mediterranean include:

  • Cooperation  and  joint  research activities  among  Mediterranean  countries, universities  and  businesses;
  • Development  of  practical  solutions  to  sustainability  issues relevant to the  futureof  the region;
  • Elaboration  of  SDG  indicators  for  the  Mediterranean  area;
  • Promotion of   networking   activities among  research  centers,  the  diffusion  of  education tools  in the  Mediterranean ,  and  Euro-Mediterranean  joint  programming  in  the context  of  EU  planning  activities.

In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, we are now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and a diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision making and accountability. The SDSN Leadership Council acts as the board of the SDSN. A smaller Executive Committee oversees financial, programmatic, and other operational matters. Twelve Thematic Networks involving experts from around the world lead the technical work of the SDSN. Members of the SDSN are part of the SDSN Assembly and can participate in National or Regional SDSNs. A small Academic Advisory Committee works on issues relating to education and curriculum design. The SDSN Secretariat is located in Paris and New York.

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