UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


UCL IIPP launches the UK Sustainable Development Solutions Network

3 February 2022

As the host institution for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), IIPP will convene UK universities to advance practical solutions to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

SDSN UK Launch

Photo by Web Summit 2019 on Flickr

On Monday 31 January 2022, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) hosted the virtual launch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN UK).

Consisting of 15 member organisations, the UK network joins over 40 national and regional SDSN hubs. SDSN UK aims to mobilise knowledge centres in the UK around practical solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, the network will provide a platform for effective engagement with research and policy agendas related to the SDGs. 

Audience members included representatives of SDSN UK member institutions, Global SDSN delegates, colleagues from IIPP and the wider UCL community.  IIPP Founding Director Mariana Mazzucato opened the event with a welcome address, followed by a keynote speech from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the UN SDSN President.

Key addresses were also followed by four project showcases from SDSN UK members. Newcastle University and IIPP presented case studies on their policy work, and the University of Strathclyde and University Manchester presented on innovative student initiatives. 

Assistant Professor and Head of Teaching, Dr Kate Roll said:

“It’s a huge honour for the IIPP to host the hub of SDSN UK. We are very excited to work collectively on mobilising the voices of UK higher education institutions around the advancement of the SDG agenda.


President of SDSN, Professor Jeffrey Sachs also highlights:

The UK Universities play a special role in modern history and knitting together the world […] they have a global role that is intrinsic.

IIPP retains a close relationship with UN SDSN since 2017. In its current capacity, IIPP engages with the 17 SDGs across its research, teaching and policy work. As the host institution for the UK network, IIPP aims to demonstrate its commitment towards facilitating the advancement of sustainable development goals (SDGs)

For more information about the SDSN network please visit the website or contact Dr Kate Roll or Anca Tacu.

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