The SDSN Global Climate Hub collaborates with:

1 SDSN SEAs Initiative

To accelerate Science Driven sustainable Blue Growth and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) in the Euro-Asian Seas and beyond, SDSN Greece, SDSN Black Sea and SDSN Mediterranean via SDSN Europe established the Sustainable Euro-Asian Seas (SEAs) Initiative. SEAs Initiative will build on research and demonstration projects, developed by a consortium and its collaborators world-wide, and will create an SDSN high-level working group, which will work on the Science-Policy interface related to Blue Growth, as well as on producing an SDSN SEAs annual report.

2 SDSN European Green Deal Senior Working Group

SDSN Europe has gathered a Senior Working Group, consisting of top-level academics and stakeholders, to mobilize expertise for the successful implementation of this transformative regulatory framework. SDSN Europe is ideally placed to provide evidence-based advice to European policy-makers, through the expertise and scientific knowledge of ten networks and over 360 member organisations across the continent.

SDSN’s European Green Deal Senior Working Group is led by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, both world-renowned economists and global leaders in sustainable development. To support the transformations in Europe towards the future we want, they have gathered a group of leading experts in the fields of sustainable development, environmental economics, green finance, corporate social responsibility and transformative policies. Together they contribute to the following objectives:

  1. Identify and promote technological and policy pathways for decarbonization by 2050 within and across EU Member States.
  2. Identify and promote adaptation pathways within and across EU Member States.
  3. Identify socially inclusive pathways that “leave no one behind”.
  4. Provide strategic recommendations and mobilize experts for the ongoing implementation of the European Green Deal through SDSN networks.
  5. Mobilize experts to rethink policies for clean energy supply and climate adaptation projects, across the economy, industry, production and consumption, large-scale infrastructure, transport, food and agriculture, construction, taxation and social benefits.
  6. Mobilize stakeholders in partnership with the SDSN European networks to guarantee local engagement and support for these policies. 

3 The Lancet COVID-19 Commission

The Lancet COVID-19 Commission has released their first official statement, to mark the occasion of the opening of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly on Sept 15, 2020.

Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is one of the Commissioners of the  Lancet Commission on COVID-19.


The Statement highlights ten priority actions for the coming months:

  1. Track down the originsof the virus in an open, scientific, and unbiased way not influenced by geopolitical agendas.
    2. Suppress the epidemic through the proven package of non-pharmaceutical approaches (NPIs), as accomplished by several countries, with several in the Asia-Pacific region.
    3. Base policy-making on objective scientific evidence, and stop politicians and others in positions of power from subverting clinical trials and other scientific protocols.
    4. Collect and publish timely and internationally consistent dataon the state of the pandemic, including humanitarian and economic consequences.
    5. Ensure universal access to the tools to fight COVID-19, including test kits, therapeutics, and prospective vaccines.
    6. Secure access of developing countries to financing from international sources, especially from the IMF and World Bank.
    7. Direct urgent protection towards vulnerable groups, including the elderly, persons in poverty and hunger, vulnerable women, children, persons with chronic diseases and disabilities, the homeless, migrants, refugees, Indigenous Peoples, and ethnic and racial minorities.
    8. Prepare for a deep restructuring of global finances, including debt relief, new forms of international financing, and reform of monetary arrangements.
    9. Economic recovery will be based on public-investment-led growth in green, digital, and inclusive technologies, based on the SDGs.
    10. Support UN institutions and the UN Charter, resisting any attempts at a new Cold War.

4 SDGs Transformation in Universities

SDSN Greece in collaboration with ReSEES laboratory, AUEB intends to record the contribution of the Athens University of Economics and Business to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under four pillars : Education, Research, Infrastructure and Governance and Outreach. The Study will compile the results from the dissertations of twelve MSc and BSc AUEB students which participate in the project which is coordinated by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Dr. Conrad Landis.

The report is expected to be completed by late 2022.

5 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Shipping and Ports

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Shipping and Ports was launched at the COP25 in December 2019 in Madrid, Spain. This initiative aims at bringing together researchers and technology developers, shipbuilders, shipowners, ports, policymakers and politicians, from around the globe, to work on technological and policy innovations seeking net-zero emissions in the maritime sector by 2050. The Initiative will be composed of a monthly participatory workshop, seeking to co-design a sustainable future vision and to identify technological solutions and financing tools that can support the identified pathways towards the future vision. The methodology followed by SDSN Greece, which has a more than 10-year experience on Living Labs and roundtables organisation, is Systems Innovation approach.

The Third Sustainability Summit, held in AthensGreece on 16th-17th October 2019, gave key stakeholders the chance to initiate preliminary discussions on this issue. After this opening step, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Shipping and Ports was launched at the COP25 in December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

This Initiative will seek to address innovative solutions through a global dialogue on:

  • Synergies between the maritime, the energy and the financial sector, ports, Governments and Universities and NGOs
  • Implementation of existing international and national policies & Increase of public policy support
  • Incentives for the low carbon transition supporting R&D and innovation
  • Upscale best practices in maritime decarbonization internationally
  • Available financial tools and investments

6 Climate Change effects on Cultural Heritage

Τhe Greek Government, deeply concerned about this issue, organized an international Scientific Conference, in Athens (Zappeion, 21-22 June 2019), with the participation of more than 300 world-renowned scientists and state representatives from over 40 countries. The Conference’s unanimously adopted Conclusions were subsequently circulated as an official document of the UN General Assembly. They also formed the basis of the Greek proposal “Addressing climate change impacts on cultural and natural heritage”, which was launched, with the supporting partnership of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization, during the UN Climate Action Summit (September 2019). In addition, a number of NGOs and organisations have also expressed their support (ICOMOS, SDSN, Europa Nostra). So far, more than 70 UN member states are committed to the Greek proposal as well as WMO, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. The UN Secretary General has included the Greek initiative in his “Report on the 2019 Climate Action Summit and the Way Forward in 2020” (11 Dec 2019) among the most ambitious initiatives that were presented at the Climate Action Summit. The next steps as presented in the abovementioned report of this initiative encompass, inter alia, beyond outreach, the continuation of the work towards designing, developing and implementing plans and programmes to help mitigate the effects of climate change on cultural and natural heritage as well as the formation of a follow-up committee and the planning of a High Level Meeting on the initiative. This meeting that Greece was planning to host in 2020, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that all countries are currently facing, has been rescheduled and will be conveyed once the international conditions will permit. Furthermore, the proposal and its follow up was presented by Greece with the participation of UNESCO and the WMO, at a side event in the framework of UNFCCC COP25, in Madrid, in December 2019. In this event, the Greek Minister of Environment has proposed the creation of a follow-up flexible mechanism. Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is member of the Scientific Committee of the Initiative which President is Prof. Christos Zerefos, Head, Research Center for Climatology, Academy of Athens, Greece. Prof. Andreas Papandreou is member of the Advisory Board.

7 COP Olympics

Changing the Narrative: COP as home for  Global Changemakers for Climate Change.

UN SDSN Global Climate Hub, together with Climate Investment Fund (CIF), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Real Madrid Football Club, AIESEC, the SDG Youth Orchestra,  are committed to combining their knowledge and experience to empower changemakers at the annual COP. Creating an event that celebrates those who are focused on accelerating positive change by including all stakeholders to create the opportunities for everyone to contribute by simply changing the narrative: in regions, countries, continents and on a global stage to ensure the targets set are met and delivered by 2030.

Collaborating party: UNGSII FOUNDATION

8 Pricing Externalities

An UN SDSN Global Climate Hub and RESEES Laboratory, Athens University of Economics and Business initiative aiming to accelerate the integration of the ecosystem valuation in decision making and support the design of more meaningful Hybrid Metrics. The project includes the determination of the total economic value of natural capital in the European Union, and the development of an Ecosystems Valuation Database, an open access tool providing location specific valuation and reliable estimates/predictions for regions under considerations. under construction.

9 UN SDSN Corporate Sustainability Reporting

The KEVIDIM OPA and RESEES lab, Athens University of Economics and Business launches a professional course, through a collaboration with PwC Greece on the integration of SDG into the corporate Sustainability reporting. The program is organized within the framework of the United Nations International Sustainable Development Solutions Network and aims to sustainable development executives with the key theoretical and practical background, in a way that will enable them to integrate the relevant principles of sustainable development into their daily practice in the decision-making process.

10 Sustainable Solutions at Times of Transition (SuST) | International Symposium and Workshops

Sustainable Solutions at Times of Transition (SuST) | International Symposium and Workshops, 14-17 July 2022, Nisyros Island, Greece

Ecologically destructive human practices that bring about climate change, have increased the risk of extreme weather events, food system failures, biodiversity loss, social inequalities, and geopolitical instability. As we struggle to face the ecological crisis and collapse in the time of the Anthropocene, environmental and social sustainable practices have become a vital issue for the survival of humanity.

Sustainability is related to systemic health and resilience at different scales, from local to regional and global. It requires a broader view of the importance of various capitals, their coexistence and mutual symbiosis. It requires “Closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, as well as using resources in a sustainable way from production and consumption to waste management. Sustainable development is prompting a re-assessment of innovation and technological change that have a great impact on the environmental, social and economic aspects of life in our planet. Achieving sustainability will require fundamental, transformative and cross-cutting change and sustainable proposals, at all levels.


The major objective of the symposium was to promote the scientific dialogue supporting the sustainable management and usage of natural resources and the shift in the use of renewable resources with best paradigms, practices and policies at the local, Mediterranean, European and global scales. This can be achieved by addressing the technical, socio-economic, ecological and sustainability dimensions in the context of “Accelerating the Transition to Equitable, Sustainable, Post-Fossil Carbon Societies!”.


The goal was to organize an international forum to bring together experts, young researchers, engineers and practitioners globally, to propose sustainable solutions for the environmental challenges of ‘’vulnerable communities” in the context of climate change and environmental degradation, and the need for integrating resilience and equity into all levels of society to reduce vulnerabilities and social upheavals.