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Our Story



Our Story



In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and global scales. In 2015, the SDSN launched its official youth initiative (SDSN Youth) to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions.

SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the SDGs. In addition, SDSN Youth creates platforms for young people to connect, collaborate and integrate their ideas and perspectives into national and regional pathways for implementation of the SDGs.


Our Mission


Our Mission



“Empowering youth globally to create sustainable solutions”

1. Educate young people about the SDGs and create pathways for achieving them.

2. Connect young people globally to exchange ideas, share experiences and collaborate to achieve the SDGs.

3. Support young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs.


Our Impact


Our Impact


Since its launch in June 2015, SDSN Youth has:

  • Built a global team of 51 staff working in 21 different countries - including students from Harvard, Oxford, LSE, Monash and Columbia and young professionals working in international development, sustainability and environmental consulting, among others.

  • Increased its membership to 120+ organisations from more than 35 different countries.

  • Launched several global initiatives, including the Solutions Report, Vatican Youth Symposium, Twenty Thirty, Global Schools and Local Pathways, which empower young people in creating solutions for sustainable development.

  • Represented the network on 100+ committees, working groups and panels. Including:

    • UN Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding

    • UN Policy and Strategy Group

    • Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data

    • World Urban Campaign

    • UN Major Group on Children and Youth

    • ICYMO 2016 Taskforce

  • Given 200+ presentations and speeches

  • Published 150+ reports, articles and blogs.

  • Formed partnerships with important organisations and individuals, including:

    • Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS)

    • Project Everyone

    • UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

    • AIESEC International

    • German Development Agency (GIZ)

    • Mandela Foundation

    • United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

    • Ashoka International

    • UN Foundation

  • Mentioned in several news outlets, including Huffington Post, The Age, Devex, Impakter and The Observer.

  • Supported and contributed to global projects, including the SDG Index, Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project and the World Happiness Report, amongst others.

  • Organised the #KnowYourGoals campaign and developed educational materials to promote local discussions of the SDGs. The campaign concluded with approximately 120 events across 44 countries, with more than 15,000 individuals being directly involved.


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Our Networks


Our Networks


SDSN Amazonia

(Manaus, Brazil)


SDSN Caribbean

(Kingston, Jamaica)

SDSN Andes

(Urcuquí, Ecuador)


SDSN Germany

(Bonn, Germany)

SDSN Australia/Pacific

(Melbourne, Australia)


SDSN Great Lakes

(Kigali, Rwanda)

SDSN Brazil

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


SDSN Indonesia

(Jakarta, Indonesia)


SDSN Italia

(Milan, Italy)

SDSN Greece

(Athens, Greece)

SDSN Malaysia

(Kuala Lumpur)

SDSN Mediterranean

(Siena, Italy)


SDSN Nigeria

(Ibadan, Nigeria)

SDSN Northern Europe

(Gothenburg, Sweden)

SDSN Philippines

(Manila, Philippines)

SDSN Sahel

(Dakar, Senegal)


SDSN South Korea

(Seoul, South Korea)  

SDSN South Asia

(New Delhi, India)

SDSN Turkey

(Istanbul, Turkey)

SDSN Spain

(Madrid, Spain)