Join the SDSN call with Jeffrey Sachs, June 15, 2017

Dear SDSN Members,

All of you are invited to participate in the next call of the SDSN Assembly, which will take place on June 15, 2017. We are happy to offer two options to better accomodate time zones, one at 10 am GMT and the other at 3:30 pm GMT. The two calls will be the same; you should join whichever is more convenient for you.

The SDSN Assembly is made up of one representative from each SDSN Member Institution. The representative is selected by your organization. Participation on the calls may be deputized to another person if the focal point is not available.

On the call Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN, will share recent updates from the SDSN’s Leadership Council meeting last week in Berlin, and take questions from members. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Read the message from Jeffrey Sachs

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Plastic Busters at the Ocean Conference, UN, New York, 5-9 June 2017

SDSN Mediterranean, thanks to its flagship project Plastic Busters coordinated by prof. Cristina Fossi (University of Siena), contributes to the Ocean Conference organised by the United Nations in New York on 5-9 June 2017.

The side event  on the Mediterranean Sea envisages to showcase the solutions to the global problem of marine litter.


Ocean Knowledge-Action Network. Open Call for experts!

Future Earth and its partners are seeking motivated experts to serve on the Development Team for the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network (Ocean KAN).

To apply, submit your application online by 30 April 2017 through the form available here.

Before applying, please be sure to read the official announcement and the terms of reference for the Development Team.

Please feel free to forward and share this announcement!

Call for volunteer translators

The SDG Academy, the online education initiative of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is calling for volunteer translators in Spanish, French and Arabic.

Volunteers will be translating chapter videos from the SDG Academy’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Volunteers may sign up for translating a single chapter (about a 40 minute workload), an entire module (5-7 chapters) or more.

As a token of appreciation, volunteers’ names and work will be acknowledged on the course page of their respective course. Additionally, volunteers who translate 5 or more chapters will be entered into a monthly raffle drawing for one of Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ books!

  • If you are interested in helping with the MOOC translation, please sign up through this form here.
  • If you need more information please contact

University of Siena Sustainability course – third edition


On March 11, at 2 p.m., at the Santa Chiara Lab, will be held the first teaching lesson on Sustainability, now in its third edition: registrations are open to all.  

The course, structured in 24 lessons (March to June) aimed to analyzing the basic aspects related to the environment, the economy and social and legal-institutional sustainability, will feature lectures on the following topics: emerging pollutants, planetary boundaries and the water problem.  

Teaching is one of the free choice credits for all students of the University of Siena for your study program: the final exam (in test form) allows you to achieve 6 CFU.

Teacher responsible for the course is Professor Simone Bastianoni, Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environmental.  

All information about the course can be found at this link: Sustainability course info

ISCN 2016

Iscn 2016

The 10th annual ISCN 2016 Conference hosted by the University of Siena will focus on leadership for a sustainable future and delve into discussions on:

  • Managing a changing planet
  • Managing societal change
  • University-Private sector collaborations for a sustainable future
  • Food sustainability at the micro and macro level
  • Higher education’s contribution to actionable Sustainable Development Goals

Similar to previous years, ISCN 2016 will include a half-day pre-conference and the main conference will span 2.5 days and include thought-provoking plenary sessions, hands-on working group sessions, and intimate parallel sessions. Participants will enjoy ample networking opportunities to galvanize relationships.

UN SDSN Mediterranean General Assembly


Rome – CRUI
Piazza Rondanini, 48
16 February 2016: 10.00 a.m.- 2.00 p.m

  1. Presentation of SDSN Greece, SDSN Spain, SDSN Turkey and SDSN Italy
  2. Educational Initiatives to promote SDGs implementation in the MED Area
  3. 2016 SDSN MED Conference in Greece
  4. Presentation of PRIMA initiative
  5. Enlargement to new Partners
  6. SDSN MED Governance
  7. Regional consultation for EU SD strategy
  8. SDSN Youth – Empowering youth globally to create sustainable solutions