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The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

During the Conference of the Rectors of the BSUN held in Thessaloniki on June 2018, it was decided to pursuit the development of a regional SDSN for the wider area of the Black Sea, from the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans, all around the Black Sea and reaching all the way up to the Caspian. Five months later, in October 2018, the new network was launched. SDSN Black Sea bases its foundations on the existing SDS Networks and the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN). The Leadership Council of SDSN Black Sea comprises representatives of the twelve member countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), SDSN Greece and SDSN Russia.

SDSN Black Sea is hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.