The Turkish Sustainable Development Solutions Network was launched on June 27-28, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey. Bogaziçi University will coordinate the activities of this new SDSN network of universities, NGOs and businesses interested in identifying and implementing solutions initiatives addressing Turkey’s sustainability challenges, including sustainable cities, sustainable agriculture, deep decarbonization, sustainable tourism, and green campuses.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Hosted by: Boğaziçi University

G20 and the SDGs SDSN Turkey has been working towards elevating the SDGs within the G20 Agenda and has done so by inviting the collaboration of National and Regional SDSNs worldwide. Through the “SDSN-20”, which was first hosted in 2015, and other high-level workshops, the network has enhanced SDG engagement between business leaders, government, NGOs, and civil society at all levels. As a result, all National and Regional SDSNs in G20 countries have offered their signed support in a declaration calling on the G20 to take a leading role in ensuring the timely implementation of the SDGs.

Sustainable Cities Building on the SDSN’s work on Sustainable Cities, the network is currently preparing a program to raise awareness among municipalities around sustainable urban management. Thanks to this expertise, the network has been invited to contribute to the preparation of a Climate Action Plan for the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul. More broadly, SDSN Turkey regularly provides inputs to the Ministry of Development and UNESCO Turkey to coordinate the planning for and implementation of SDGs.

SDG Education The network also focuses on educational around the goals. Starting with online education the network is in dialogue with the Ministry of Development in Turkey to translate SDG Academy courses in an effot to localize the material and make them available to all local stakeholders. At the high school level SDSN Turkey has contributed to an environmental education program and the creation of environmental clubs in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund and the Regional Environmental Center Turkey. At the university level, SDSN Turkey has co-founded the SDG Lab to foster innovative ideas and solutions that are pioneered by students.