PiPP is a member of the Australia/Pacific Regional Network of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which brings together academic and technical expertise to develop and promote solutions, policies and public education for sustainable development.
The SDSN was launched in August 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. It is led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and its secretariat is housed at Columbia University, New York.
It was established to mobilise scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. It engages scientists, engineers, business and civil society leaders, and development practitioners and promotes solutions initiatives that demonstrate the potential of technical and business innovation to support sustainable development. In addition it:
- Provides expert advice and support to the post-2015 development agenda
- Organises Thematic Groups that mobilise global expertise in priority areas
- Identifies and promotes solutions that can significantly accelerate progress towards sustainable development
- Builds a global network involving universities, civil society and companies to accelerate practical problem solving for sustainable development.
The Australia/Pacific Regional Centre is hosted by hosted by Monash University in Melbourne, and fosters global SDSN activities within the region by developing and promoting solutions, policies and public education.
PiPP is collaborating through the regional network, while also seeking to expand its Pacific base, to input into the global deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda. As we approach 2016, we will shift our focus on how this regional body of expertise can be used to support the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda.