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Sustainability Science: Toward a Synthesis

This is the background document for the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine virtual workshop, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science convened on November 30, December 1, and December 2, 2020.

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Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

From Sustainable Development Solutions Network:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations in every country that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business. While significant progress is being made on some goals, no country is currently on track towards achieving all SDGs

2019 U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Report

New York, 8 July 2019 – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s United States Network (SDSN USA) launched the 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development ReportSDSN’s third city-level report ranking 105 US cities on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). The results show that there will be significant work to do across the board if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030, as cities on average scored only 48.9%.

Cities can be Climate Champions

This short article from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is based on an interview with David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and now director of international diplomacy for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.  Here's an excerpt:

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Research by C40, a network of 94 global cities committed to addressing climate change, shows about 70 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from urban areas. 

It's predominantly from four sources: 

First-Ever SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which co-produces the Global Sustainable Development Report (formerly SDG Index and Dashboards), in partnership with the Brabant Center for Sustainable Development (Telos, Tilburg University), released the first-ever SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities.

Cities and Circular Economy for Food - Project & Case studies

The linear food system is ripe for disruption. For every dollar spent on food, society pays two dollars in health, environmental, and economic costs. With 80% of all food expected to be consumed in cities by 2050, businesses, public bodies, organisations, institutions, and the people located within them hold the power to revolutionise our food system.

Solutions Gateway Sourcebook: Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development Challenges

The Solutions Gateway is an online knowledge sharing platform for local governments addressing low emission development. It o΍ers political decision-makers the big picture on relevant Ȋhotȋ topics, it provides detailed guidance and practice-oriented resources to technical sta΍, and it is also a platform to showcase local best practice by leading cities and towns. This sourcebook provides a summarized overview of the type of guidance provided in the Solutions Gateway, making it also accessible to oɞine users.

Habitat III: Agreed Draft of the New Urban Agenda

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.

Routledge Sustainability Hub

Routledge Sustainability evolved from and incorporates the former Earthscan imprint and is a leading global publisher in Environment and Sustainability studies.  

An innovative knowledge centre for the global sustainability community, this Hub offers a wide range of resources about many facets of sustainability.  It includes resources by topic, sample chapters from textbooks, and a sustainability community section.

A circular economy model of economic growth

Highlights
• A closed circular economy model is presented.
• Environmental quality cannot be maintained or improved via economic growth.
• The improvement in environmental quality can be achieved by an increase in the recycling ratio.

Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Stakeholders

This guide provides a first and preliminary attempt to explain how countries, regions, cities, or sectors might start the process of operationalizing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As underscored, creative problem solving and intensive discussions among key stakeholders are required at local, national, regional, and global levels to make the SDGs a reality by 2030. 

Sustainable Development Goals for Sweden: Insights on Setting a National Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended as the reference point for international development until 2030. Most of the targets are, implicitly or explicitly, global; to be reached by concerted international action. But in contrast to the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs cannot be achieved without far-reaching change in domestic policy and action even in wealthy developed countries like Sweden.

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