SDSN Italia

Hosted by:
  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
    Milan, Italy
  • The Santa Chiara Lab
    Siena, Italy

SDSN Italia aims at mobilizing Italian society to achieve the SDGs and that is only possible if the UN 2030 Agenda has the full support of institutions, the private and public sectors, research and young people.

Localizing the SDGs

SDSN Italia aims to localize the 2030 Agenda at different levels, building tools and involving a variety of stakeholders to ensure that the SDGs are being pioneered at all levels of society.

The Italian SDG Cities Index, produced in 2018 by SDSN Italia and FEEM now sees an important update and extension - with an index that measures SDG progress at the provincial level (“Conoscere il presente per un futuro sostenibile”). Such work, widely disseminated during the Sustainable Development Festival promoted by ASviS (L’Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile), gave birth to a public-private partnership on smart ports (ports enhanced by digital transformation) and the surrounding urban area. This partnership was selected and presented at the first Global Solutions Forum in September 2019.

Siena Summer School on Sustainable Development

Increasing awareness, knowledge and skills in sustainable development is essential to reach the 17 SDGs and fully realize the 2030 Agenda. As part of the Education for Sustainable Development initiatives, SDSN Mediterranean and SDSN Italia have organized a Summer School on Sustainable Development held in Italy in cooperation with ASviS, University of Siena, ENEL Foundation, Leonardo, and the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (RUS) since 2018. The School, now in its third edition (2020), provides a high profile interdisciplinary training on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability.

Agenda 2030 and Young People- Schools and Universities initiatives

Young people play an incredible role in building a sustainable future. For the fourth year in a row, the network collaborated with Fondazione Accenture and Fondazione Allianz Umanamente on the “Youth in Action for SDGs” contest calling for sustainable solutions for Italy. Moreover, the network works with high school students to spread knowledge on the 2030 Agenda and instill a culture of sustainable development through various initiatives and contests.

Finding solutions: Roadmap to 2050

SDSN Italia actively responds to the global call to design and implement decarbonization pathways. After assessing four out of the five most energy-intensive sectors worldwide in 2019(power, hard-to-abate industry, transport, and buildings in the report Roadmap to 2050: A Manual for Nations to Decarbonize by Mid-Century, 2019), in 2020 SDSN Italia, together with SDSN Global and SDSN Mediterranean, focuses on the fifth sector, land use, responsible for 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The main aim of the project is to consider the potential share of biofuels and synthetic fuels in the energy mix and identify available options and trade-offs for a progressive scale-up of supporting technologies.

The European Semester

Starting in Autumn 2020, SDSN Italia will engage in the European Semester process, the EU’s principal mechanism for coordinating economic policies across the European Union with the SDGs. By taking part in the consultation process, the SDSN Italia will assist the European Commission in refining European and national policies towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Looking Ahead

Throughout 2020, SDSN Italia furthers its research activities by developing tools for the dissemination of the SDGs, raising awareness of SDG challenges and developing solutions in a deeply changed world, which must be able to respond to the unprecedented health crisis that we are facing. In this respect, SDSN Italia and its Hosting Institutions started a series of policy briefs and research papers making the connection between SDGs 3, 7, 11 and 17 and the current ual COVID-19 related emergency.

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), founded in 1989, is a non-profit, policy-oriented, international research center and think-tank producing high quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research on sustainable development which contributes to the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres. Thanks to its international network, FEEM integrates its activities with those of the best academic institutions and think tanks around the world.

The Santa Chiara Lab is the multidisciplinary centre at the University of Siena focused on research support and promotion, innovation and teaching. The Santa Chiara Lab is an incubator for many multidisciplinary projects on sustainable development including SDSN Mediterranean, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) and the PRIMA Observatory on Innovation.