University Professor of Sustainable Development Jeffrey Sachs launched the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which has been operating under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General since its inception at the initiative of UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon in 2012. The project was affiliated with the Columbia Global Policy Initiative in 2013. The SDSN is building a global knowledge network on sustainable development to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of problem solving at local, national, and global scales. Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by Heads of State and Government at the United Nations, the SDSN has focused on supporting countries to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Support the implementation of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, including the SDGs, Financing for Development, and the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Promote Thematic Networks and Solutions Initiatives for sustainable development.
- Develop SDSN Networks at national and regional levels to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development.
- Develop high-quality, free, online education for Sustainable Development Practitioners through the SDG Academy.