IISD: Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland Launch Conference

 

 

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland was launched in Bern, Switzerland, on 15 February 2018, as part of the global SDSN, a UN initiative. SDSN Switzerland aims to provide an environment to discuss challenges faced by Switzerland in the context of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

 

 

The SDSN Switzerland Launch Conference brought together around 250 representatives and decisionmakers from science and research, think tanks, government, civil society, business and international organizations to discuss how to effectively implement these international sustainability agreements in Switzerland and beyond. SDSN Switzerland is the 25th SDSN, and is co-hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, and Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development.

 

 

The Conference featured plenary sessions on various topics, including: SDSN as a tool to build bridges and create solutions; making Switzerland sustainable; and Switzerland’s opportunities and responsibilities for a sustainable world. Nine parallel breakout sessions were held in innovative formats, including “story harvesting,” to explore opportunities for SDSN Switzerland to serve as a catalyst for implementing the 2030 Agenda. Keynote addresses were held by Bertrand Piccard, explorer and initiator of Solar Impulse, who completed the first solar-powered flight around the world, and 2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize Laureate Jacques Dubochet, University of Lausanne.

 

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