Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The context:

For the past decade and a half the UN Millennium Development Goals have been guiding international development agendas and cooperation. While some of the goals have been achieved ahead of time, there remain large gaps, calling for further concerted efforts. Following the MDGs post-2015 the Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development initiated an inclusive process among governments to identify a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network is the research and technical network (chaired by Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University) providing input to the Secretary-General and to UN member nations on the development and implementation of the 2015-2030 global SDGs.

The project:

TIES involvement consists of 2 projects. First, Yoshikawa as Co-Chair of the Education Workgroup of the SDSN, leads its work on early childhood development, specifically on the inclusion of the planned target and indicator(s) on ECD under Goal 4 of the SDG’s. This work is being conducted in close coordination with UNICEF and UNESCO, the lead UN agencies on the ECD indicators. Second, the TIES-based SDSN team (Yoshikawa & Wuermli), together with participating faculty Aisha Yousafzai (Aga Khan University, Pakistan), Kofi Marfo (Aga Khan University, Kenya), and Jack Shonkoff (Harvard University), are developing a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on global ECD, one of several MOOCs covering a range of topics regarding sustainable development, for the Sustainable Development University, the teaching and dissemination arm of the UN SDSN.  The development of this MOOC is funded by the Open Society Foundations.

The TIES Project Team:

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Alice Wuermli, Sarah Kabay