The Global SDSN Network


The SDSN was launched in August 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. It is led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and its Secretariat is housed at Columbia University.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilises 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. It engages scientists, engineers, business and civil society leaders, and development practitioners and promotes solutions initiatives that demonstrate the potential of technical and business innovation to support sustainable development. In addition, it
  • Provides expert advice and support to the post-2015 development agenda
  • Organises Thematic Groups that mobilise global expertise in priority areas
  • Identifies and promotes solutions that can significantly accelerate progress towards sustainable development
  • Builds a global network involving universities, civil society and companies to accelerate practical problem solving for sustainable development


SDSN Mediterranean Regional Centre


The SDSN Mediterranean Regional Centre  fosters global SDSN activities within the Mediterranean Area region by developing and promoting solutions, policies and public education.

The roles of the Regional Centre include:

  • To mobilise SDSN Members in the region and coordinate the activities of the Regional Network
  • To and publicises regional and global SDSN activities amongst policy makers, private sector and NGOs
  • To promote regional solutions initiatives
  • To coordinate and contribute to the SDSN’s policy support to governments in the region
  • To organise annual regional sustainable development Conferences bringing together key actors from the region to identify and promote regional solutions initiatives
  • To identifies opportunities for broadening the network

The Regional Centre is hosted  by the University of Siena.