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Algoma University Becomes Member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON- August 17, 2021): Algoma University has recently become a member institution in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global network of universities, colleges and research institutions that are addressing some of the world’s most complex problems.  

The SDSN was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

“Universities are powerful drivers of the big societal transformations we need to create to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. From defining new policy pathways to decarbonize the economy, to engaging students to drive change in their communities, Canada’s post-secondary institutions are crucial leaders in this country’s SDG journey. We are thrilled to have Algoma University join the SDSN community and look forward to working together towards collective impact for the SDGs in Canada.” Jon Beale, SDSN Canada Manager.

As an SDSN Member, Algoma University faculty, staff, and students are able to connect with a network of like minded individuals working on practical solutions for sustainable development. Membership includes access to an online communication platform, SDSN Mobilize, which enables member institutions around the world to identify and connect with other sustainable development experts, promote activities and events, discover new prospects for research funding, collaboration, and much more. 

In total, there are 32 members of the Canadian network including Algoma University. See the complete member list here.

“I am thrilled that Algoma University has become a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network,” says  Eunjung Riauka, Coordinator, Global Engagement & Mobility; Internationalization Lead.  “This membership will provide Algoma University faculty and students an opportunity to collaborate with other universities, colleges, research and other knowledge institutions around the world, and help their research efforts on solving some of the complex issues facing around the world. I am excited to work with our SDSN Youth Coordinator, Aseel Hashim to mobilize the Student SDG Hub and more.”

Algoma University student, Aseel Hashim (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology), has been selected as a SDG Youth Coordinator for SDSN Youth. As part of a global network of student leaders, SDG Coordinators work on campus to create SDG Hubs to ensure students are aware of the SDGs, understand their importance to the wider community, and have opportunities to take action towards their implementation during their studies and after they graduate. For more information about the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, visit the Canadian and global network websites.  To learn more about AlgomaU’s participation, email eunjung.riauka@algomau.ca

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