Governance is generally understood to involve sharing governing responsibility among the public, private and voluntary sectors.  Whereas a traditional government approach is top-down, hierarchical and operates in isolation from other stakeholders, governance cultivates horizontal, flexible relationships for policy-making.  A policy is a plan or course of action, as of a government, political party, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters.  

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Topic Events

Sustainability Summit 2020: Scaling Up Action

“Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is not impossible, but will require unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society,” warned Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), upon the release of the panel’s report in October 2018. The IPCC says global net human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 to keep global warming below 1.5°C. In the absence of such action, the IPCC predicts that the Earth’s temperature will increase to over double this, to 3.2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, with catastrophic consequences.

Mar 26 2020, 12:00pm PDT
Holborn, London, WC2A 2AE, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
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2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development

The 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) will be held on September 24-25, 2019 at Columbia University in New York City, USA. The theme of 2019 is “Good Practice: Models, Partnerships, and Capacity Building for the SDGs.” The call for abstracts is open! In order to present at ICSD you must submit an abstract by May 1. Submit an abstract: http://ic-sd.org/2019/03/04/2019-conference-call-for-abstracts/
Sep 24 to 25 2019, 9:00am - 8:00pm
NY, New York, 10027, 2920 Broadway
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Topic Resources

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%.