Past Event

Sustainable Developments Solutions Network Launch for Turkey

June 27, 2014 - June 28, 2014
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Prof. Jeff Sachs launches the Sustainable Developments Solutions Network for Turkey

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul is pleased to welcome Professor Jeff Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, to Istanbul for the launch of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an effort to foster a broad, action-oriented agenda to address Turkey’s sustainable development challenges.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network ( operates under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and engages scientists, engineers, business and civil society leaders, and development practitioners for evidence-based problem-solving. It promotes solution initiatives that demonstrate the potential of technical and business innovation to support sustainable development. The objectives of the network are to:

  1. Support the Open Working Group and other processes to develop post-2015 goals.
  2. Organize Thematic Groups to identify long-term pathways to sustainable development.
  3. Promote testing, demonstration, development of promising “Solutions Initiatives.”
  4. Mobilize universities and other stakeholders around national and regional SDSNs for local and regional problem-solving.
  5. To develop and disseminate online education materials for sustainable development.
  6. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), an initiative by the SDSN and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), prepares national, long-term deep decarbonization pathways.

SDSN is building global network of universities and research centers through national/regional networks of universities and research organizations to work with business partners, governments, and civil society in promoting solutions initiatives for sustainable development. National and Regional SDSN Centers coordinate and manage activities in a country/region (membership information is available at

After a period of evaluation and discussions facilitated by Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Boğaziçi University was selected by the SDSN earlier this year to lead the university side of the SDSN Turkey network. At the request of the University Rector, the effort is being chaired by Prof. Dr. Üstün Ergüder, who is also a member of the Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul Advisory Board.

Professor Jeff Sachs will open the conference with a keynote speech on June 27 at Boğaziçi University. Themes to be covered at the conference include: sustainable cities, sustainable agriculture, greening the campus, and sustainable tourism. Further information about the conference program details can be obtained from Boğaziçi University.

Future initiatives emerging from the launch conference to target sustainable development will continue to be coordinated by Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul in close cooperation with partners from Turkey and the region.