Τhe Leadership Council of the Cyprus branch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Cyprus), is proud to announce the official launching ceremony of SDSN Cyprus, which will take place online on 12th June at 15:30, in the presence of H.E. The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, of leading economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Dr. Costas Kadis.
One of the important lessons we have learned from the COVID-19 crisis, is that humankind needs to find better, more sustainable ways to coexist with its environment, and SDSN Cyprus is ideally placed to foster the dialogue on possible solutions, centered around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDSN Cyprus is hosted by the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF), and co-chaired by Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas (President of the Cyprus Institute) and Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis (former Minister of Foreign Affairs). The Leadership Council of SDSN Cyprus currently has 17 members, from five universities/ research organizations (Frederick University, Neapolis University Paphos, Cyprus University of Technology, University of Nicosia and the Cyprus Institute), 3 NGOs (Birdlife Cyprus, CYMEPA, AKTI) and 10 representatives from the public and private sectors in Cyprus.
SDSN Cyprus promotes the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. The Agenda provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 SDGs, which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Led by U.S. Economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society. SDSN Cyprus will work with all sectors of society to improve the country’s performance in implementing the SDGs, collecting and disseminating best practices, raising awareness, promoting sustainable development education, engaging with youth, and assisting the authorities, the private sector and civil society organizations in mainstreaming the SDGs into their daily operations.
Download the event programme (pdf, English)
Download the welcoming speech by Dr Costas Kadis (pdf, English)