Collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network 可持续发展行动网络合作活动

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, aiming to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN Secretariat is hosted by Columbia University with staff in Paris, New York, and New Delhi.


The Center’s work on sustainability has included close collaboration and support to the SDSN led by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, and Director of the SDSN) and led locally by our Advisory Board member Professor Xue Lan at Tsinghua University, who is co-chair of the SDSN China Leadership Council.


Over the last year, the Center has deepened our support to the SDSN, engaging both Columbia faculty and local speakers in an effort to discuss sustainable development issues with a focus on China’s most pressing problems at the Center.


On July 22, 2013, the Center hosted a public talk on “China and the Challenge of Sustainable Development” featuring Jeffrey Sach, which was a side event to celebrate the official launch of the network for China at the Eco-Forum Global Conference.


In collaboration with the SDSN Cities Thematic Group, the Center also hosted a SDSN all day public panel on sustainable cities titled “Learning Lessons from Sustainable Urbanization in China and Encouraging Progress through Sustainable Development Goals” with many distinguished Chinese and international speakers on May 14, 2014 in Beijing.  It was co-sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UN-Habitat.  Following the public panel, some of the scholars participated in a close-door roundtable event that featured discussions on two topics: “Global Implementation of the SDGS and the Implications for the Design of City Indicators for China” and “Measuring Sustainable Development in Cities: Findings from China.”  The Center also hosted a press breakfast event with Jeffrey Sachs, and co-sponsored the SDSN Global Health Symposium on May 13 at PKU and an CCTV interview with Jeffrey Sachs in collaboration with WHO China.


In late August, the SDSN launched its new education initiative,, a platform to bring together online courses on sustainable develoopment created by experts from around the world. The first course featuring Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs will be starting on September 9th.