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Reflecting on 10 Years of SDSN

At the Rio+20 Summit a decade ago, the UN member states launched a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to put the world on the path to sustainable development that combines economic wellbeing, social justice, and environmental sustainability. We are now in the midst of the great global effort to create a global path to sustainable development that “leaves no one behind.”

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THE Impact Rankings: Reflecting on the 2022 results

SDSN UK was delighted to convene earlier this month a panel discussion on the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

We are very thankful to our panellists Duncan Ross, Laura Tucker, Dr Tracy Morse and Prof Philip McGowan, and all participants for such a rich and insightful conversation on how the THE Impact Rankings can enable universities to measure and reflect on their impact against the UN SDGs.

In case you missed it, you can find below the link to the event recording 👇

“We can influence” interview of Prof Carole Parkes on the launch of the SDSN UK

At the end of January 2022, IIPP launched the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s UK (SDSN UK), a network comprised of research-intensive Higher Education Institutions mobilised around practical solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We have had the pleasure to interview Prof. Carole Parkes, Emerita Professor at Winchester University, one of the SDSN UK member institutions. Prof. Parkes has both a business and an academic background with vast experience in Management, Special Issues, such as Inequality and Poverty, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She believes that the time to act is now, and we must collaborate within universities and beyond.

Prof Carole Parkes profile photo. She is white with blond hair. she wears a blue blouse with a black stone necklace. She smiles.
Prof Carole Parkes, Emerita Professor at Winchester University
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Global Plan to Finance the UN Sustainable Development
Goals Urgently Needed Says New SDSN Report

The Sustainable Development Report (SDR), including the SDG Index and Dashboards which track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was released last week. The report shows that multiple and simultaneous international crises have halted progress on the universal goals adopted by all UN member countries during the historic 2015 summit.

“Fifty years after the first UN Conference on the human environment in Stockholm in 1972, the bedrock SDG principles of social inclusion, clean energy, responsible consumption, and universal access to public services are needed more than ever to respond to the major challenges of our time. Poor and vulnerable countries are being hit particularly hard by multiple health, geopolitical and climate crises and their spillovers. To restore and accelerate SDG progress, we need global cooperation to end the pandemic, negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, and secure the financing needed to achieve the SDGs,” says Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of the SDSN and first author of the report.

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Goals Urgently Needed Says New SDSN Report”

Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 revealed

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 have now been published. SDSN UK members, Newcastle University and the University of Manchester, both achieved strong performances in this year’s impact rankings. Newcastle University is the highest ranked UK institution in eighth place, followed by the University of Manchester in ninth. Overall, the UK has the most universities in the top 100, with 20 HEIs. You can browse and find out more about the latest Impact Results here.