The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global network of problem solvers working towards practical solutions for sustainable development. The SDSN Secretariat is hosted by Columbia University with staff in Paris, New York, and New Delhi.


SDSN’s mission

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 to mobilise scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to support practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and global scales.

The SDSN operates national and regional networks of knowledge institutions, solution-focused thematic networks, and is building SDSNedu, an online university for sustainable development.

SDSN’s projects related to global environmental change (GEC) issues

Members of this network are working on different GEC-related projects such as

  • Global Discussions on Sustainable Development and Support for the Post-2015 Processes
  • Local, National, and Regional Problem Solving for Sustainable Development
  • Educational Initiatives for Sustainable Development (see
  • Applied Research and Communication for Sustainable Development

How to get involved in SDSN projects

The membership in the SDSN is free of charge and open to universities, research institutions, foundations, civil society, and other organisations. The SDSN currently has 250+ member institutions representing all regions of the world. Prospective members should have in-depth expertise in one or more areas related to sustainable development and commit a substantial amount of their own work towards finding and/or implementing solutions for sustainable development. Visit SDSN’s membership page to learn more about how to get involved.


Since the Center for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) joined the SDSN in spring 2014, universities, research institutions, foundations, civil society, and other organizations in Sweden can become members of the SDSN Northern Europe (SDSN NE). Contact the SDSN NE to get more information. Read more about about SSEESS collaboration with SDSN NE.