SDSN! Encontro em Pequim 2014

LC Beijing Meeting

SDSN Leadership Council Meeting in Beijing

On May 15-16, 2014, the SDSN Leadership Council convened in Beijing at the invitation of Tsinghua University. The meeting focused on the SDSN contribution to the post-2015 processes and the preparations of the 2015 climate conference in Paris, building the national and regional networks, and expanding the online education initiatives. Presentations from the meeting are available here.
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At the invitation of Chen Jining, President of Tsinghua University, a second meeting was held to prepare the launch of the China SDSN scheduled for November 2014 and to review lessons from National and Regional SDSNs in other parts of the world. Senior representatives from universities and research institutions joined the meeting: the China Academy of Social Sciences, Development Research Council, Beijing Normal, Nankai, Peking, Shandong, Tongji, Tsinghua, and the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia. The China Business Council on Sustainable Development also participated.

Leadership Council Side Events

Beijing Health Forum – On May 13, 2013, the SDSN in collaboration with Peking University, WHO China, and the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia held a health forum at Peking University focusing on the challenges of expanding and financing quality health coverage in China. Keynote presentations were made by former Chinese Minister of Health Chen Zhu and Jeffrey Sachs.

Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development – On May 14, 2014, the WBCSD, the CBCSD, and the SDSN convened a meeting in Beijing to discuss how Chinese business can contribute to sustainable development. The groups agreed to work closely with the China SDSN and to organize periodic meetings to discuss long-term pathways to sustainable development in China. A first meeting will be convened in late 2014 to discuss deep decarbonization pathways for China with business leaders.

Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture in China – On May 14, 2014, the SDSN in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, and the China Agricultural University (CAU), held a meeting in Beijing, China, to discuss opportunities for collaboration. Meeting participants agreed to develop a national pathway for sustainable agricultural intensification in China under the umbrella of the SDSN.

Sustainable Urbanization in China – On May 14, 2014, the SDSN in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, UN Habitat, and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) hosted an expert roundtable, entitled “Learning Lessons From Sustainable Urbanization in China and Encouraging Progress through Sustainable Development Goals.” A detailed event report including presentations can be viewed here.

Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources – On May 14, 2014, the SDSN co-hosted a workshop in Beijing on sustainable development and extractive industries with the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The goal of the workshop was to explore ways of enhancing the developmental impact of natural resources, particularly in Africa. A detailed event report including presentations can be viewed here.

The Challenges of Social Inclusion – On May 17, 2014, the SDSN, in partnership with Beijing Normal University, hosted an expert roundtable entitled “The Challenges of Social Inclusion.” The meeting explored lessons from China’s experiences of reducing inequality and social exclusion. A detailed event report including presentations can be viewed here.

Laurence Tubiana Nominated as France’s Special Representative for COP21

The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has nominated Laurence Tubiana, Co-Chair of the SDSN Leadership Council, as Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP-21). The announcement (in French) is available here.

Revised Working Draft of Indicators Report Released

SDSN has released a revised working draft of the report “Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals”, which can be viewed here. Additionally, synthesis and full database of all comments received from the 6-week public consultation can be found here. These indicators have been incorporated into our new, detailed pages on SDSN’s proposed goals and targets.

SDSN Side Event for Open Working Group Side: Examining the Evidence Base for the 16 OWG Focus Areas

On May 5, 2014, SDSN, in partnership with the Governments of Bhutan, Colombia, Denmark, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, hosted a side event at the Open Working Group (OWG) to discuss the evidence base for the 16 focus areas. The presentations and supplementary notes are available here.

Potential for Regional Use of East Africa’s Natural Gas

The Sustainable Engineering Lab (SEL) at the Earth Institute has released an SDSN Briefing Paper on “Potential for Regional Use of East Africa’s Natural Gas”.

2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the SDSN, will hold the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City. Proposals are welcome across 12 SDSN thematic areas and must be submitted via the form on the conference website by May 30, 2014. For questions please write to ICSDP@globalmdp.org.

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