Sustainable Development Goals

Computer lab in Mayange, Rwanda.

Leave No One Behind: The Sustainable Development Goals

At the end of September, all 193 member countries of the United Nations have agreed to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals towards eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and advancing prosperity by 2030. What do they hope to accomplish and why do they matter?

by |September 14, 2015
This map shows the growing importance of satellite derived data to measure global annual Particulate Matter 2.5, important environmental indicators for air quality. For more information visit the NASA Socio-Economic Data Applications Center (SEDAC) that is operated by CIESIN.

Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

To ensure no one is left behind by the next generation of global development goals, a comprehensive mix of robust data is needed to measure progress and guide investments. A recent report coordinated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network estimates the world will need to spend roughly $1 billion a year to sustain and enhance the statistical systems.

by |May 8, 2015

Education, Sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda

Starting in 2016, a new series of global monitoring reports will examine the state of education, using the framework of the anticipated Sustainable Development Goals that are to be finalized by the UN in September 2015. The first report in this series, the 2016 Report, will focus on “Education, Sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda.”

by |January 26, 2015
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Road to 2015: A Pivotal Year for Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals, to be set by the United Nations in September 2015, will outline the international development priorities for the coming decades. What will the goals look like? How can we measure progress effectively? Where will the funding to implement these goals come from? Can an international climate agreement be reached in Paris next year, and what might it look like? Columbia’s Sustainability Media Lab will present “Road to 2015: A Pivotal Year for Sustainable Development,” a panel discussion, on Monday, Nov. 17.

by |November 13, 2014
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Webinar Sept. 8 on Proposed Sustainable Development Goals

Researcher Magdalena A K Muir will present a live webinar, “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Setting an Agenda for Sustainability,” as part of the Association for Environmental Studies and Educators Webinar Series.

by |August 21, 2014
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Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Sept. 17-18

The Global MDP Association and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network are hosting the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice at Columbia University.

by |July 30, 2014

UN Includes Comprehensive Oceans Goal in the Sustainable Development Goals

The 12th Session of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG SDG) will take place at the UN in New York City on June 16-20. An important opportunity is unfolding for the SDG process to contribute to the health and prosperity of our oceans and seas.

by |June 13, 2014
Solar panels being installed in a school in Uganda. Photo: M. Basinger.

Shedding Light on Rural Africa: A New Partnership

In partnership with the Italian energy company Eni, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network will evaluate potential pathways for increasing access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, furthering its goals of promoting sustainable development solutions globally.

by |October 15, 2013
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What Comes After 2015? The Next Set of Goals

“The gains in fighting poverty, and indeed generations of economic gains, are at serious threat of reversal unless deep structural crises of rising social inequality and rapid environmental degradation are finally addressed.”

by |September 24, 2013

Keeping Track: the State of the Planet

Watch highlights of last October’s “State of the Planet” summit, which brought experts together to discuss the challenges of sustainable development, climate change and the environment, as well as some of the solutions.

by |February 21, 2013