The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, promotes practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were formally adopted by the United nations in 2015. A detailed description of each SDG can be found at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Through a growing number of National and Regional Networks, SDSN supports the localization and implementation of SDGs, develops long-term transformative pathways for sustainable development, promotes education around Agenda 2030, and launches solution initiatives. 

The Greek SDSN has been included in the SDSN network and is co-hosted by ICRE8: International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab. It is co-chaired by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Prof. Andreas Papandreou, aiming to contribute to achieving the goals of the SDSN network. 

The inauguration of the Greek Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Greece kicked off on September 6th, 2017 with a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN SDSN Global network.

During the two-day conference, distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad, including Prof. Sachs and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, spoke on topics ranging from climate change, sustainable development, and environmental policy, to ecosystems and biodiversity, renewable energy, clean technology and greening of the economy.

During the second day of the Conference the BlueBRIDGE project was presented as well as its goals, its connection with SDSN’s SDGs, the relationship with ICRE8 and  its prospects for research and education in general, and its contribution to Blue Growth.