SDSN Global

In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

SDSN’s mission is to promote integrated approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation.

SDSN is guided by a Leadership Council, which brings together global sustainable development leaders from all regions and all sectors, including civil society, public, and private sectors. The Leadership Council acts as the board of SDSN. Much of SDSN’s work is led by National or Regional SDSNs, which mobilize knowledge institutions around the SDGs. The research & policy work mobilizes experts from around the world on the technical challenges of implementing the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The SDG Academy leads the education work of the SDSN.

SDSN has offices in New York, Paris, and Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on UN SDSN Global please visit: www.unsdsn.org


In 2015, SDSN launched its official youth initiative, SDSN Youth, to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth is based at the SDSN New York office and supported by 182 volunteers based around the world.

SDSN Youth’s mission is to empower young people globally to create sustainable solutions through education, communities, and innovation.

Aims and Objectives

  • Educate young people about the SDGs and create pathways for achieving them.
  • Connect young people globally to exchange ideas, share experiences and collaborate to achieve the SDGs.
  • Support young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs.

SDSN Youth’s flagship initiatives cover a number of domain areas, from social entrepreneurship (Youth Solutions Program), education for sustainable development (Global Schools Program), sustainable cities & communities (Local Pathways Fellowship), sustainable campuses (SDG Students Program), and collaboration between youth leaders (Vatican Youth Symposium).

Youth Solutions Program 
The Youth Solutions Program promotes and offers support to innovative projects tackling the world’s toughest challenges around the SDGs, all led by young professionals and students. These projects range from small businesses to charities, research, and educational programs to advocacy campaigns. The program connects innovators with mentors and therefore provides them the necessary skills and connections to develop their solutions. 

Global Schools Program 
The Global Schools Program provides the necessary tools and resources for schools and teachers to educate their students on the SDGs, with a current focus on K-12 schools. Working with educators, the program aims to transform learning environments globally and make schools the hubs of education and leadership on the SDGs, ultimately empowering students to prioritize sustainable development in their lifestyles, behaviors, education and professional careers. 

Local Pathways Fellowship 
The Local Pathways Fellowship is a training program and peer-to-peer learning network that provides young urban innovators with the tools to design and implement programs that champion local pathways to sustainable development. This year, it brings together 70 early career thought leaders, urban planners, researchers and activists from over 50 cities around the world. Throughout a 12-month journey, they exchange knowledge and ideas with leading urban development experts, grassroots organizers, and academics.

SDG Students Program 
The SDG Students Program creates spaces in universities where students with no prior experience or engagements with the SDGs can come together to learn about, engage with, and take action on the SDGs. The program aims to groom the average student into a supporter of the SDGs, such that they will carry the importance of sustainability into their future work upon graduation.

For more information on UN SDSN Youth please visit: sdsnyouth.org

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