In September 2015, the world’s governments have agreed upon a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals revolve around three themes: empowering people, eradicating poverty and protecting human dignity; shared prosperity and decent, fair jobs for all; protecting the planet and tackling climate change. These 15-year goals will help guide the public’s understanding of complex sustainable development challenges, inspire public and private action, promote integrated thinking, and foster accountability.
The SDSN is building a global network of universities and other partners to support the achievement of the SDGs. In this spirit, the SDSN will gather the SDSN20, including all national and regional SDSN from the G20 nations. The SDSN20 will aim to gather each year to promote the SDGs within the G20 processes.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network mobilizes 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. This Solutions Network accelerates joint learning and helps to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions and other international organizations.
SDSN in Turkey
Established in June 2014, the SDSN Turkey Network is led by Boğaziçi University. It aims to serve as a platform for universities, research centers, NGOs, business community, government institutions and other stakeholders for the exchange of expertise on sustainable development, to generate research, applied projects and policy proposals.
Led by the Honorary Chair Prof. Üstün Ergüder and Executive Board President Assoc. Prof. Cemil Arıkan, SDSN Turkey mainly deals with sustainable cities, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, sustainable education and MOOCs, climate change, gender equality, deep decarbonization, youth, and green campuses.