• Course Code:  SDG

  • Term:  September 2015

  • Start Date:  Sep 26 2015

  • End Date:  Aug 31 2018

  • Enroll by:  Aug 12 2018

  • Duration:  153 weeks

  • Course Author(s)
    Jeffrey Sachs

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Transforming the World: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

September 2015

Sustainable Development

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    The SDG Academy Team


This is an SDG Academy mini-series. Unlike traditional full-length SDG Academy online courses, a mini-series is much shorter in length - just 5-6 chapters - and will be made available in its entirety once you enroll. 


This course is self-paced – you can enroll anytime before August 12, 2018 and complete the course materials any time before August 31, 2018. To enroll for this course (and others) after August 12, 2018, please visit our website or sign up for our newsletter!


In September 2015, the world’s leaders signed on to a new global sustainable development agenda, an ambitious series of goals known collectively as the “Sustainable Development Goals” or “SDGs”. The SDGs are the result of an unprecedented three-year, multi-stakeholder international consultation with the ambition of setting an integrated social, economic, and environmental vision for the planet. The SDGs respond to the recognition of our shared responsibility to current and future generations to be thoughtful stewards of our world, a responsibility that lies with developed countries and developing countries alike.


This mini-series presents and explains the 17 newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. “Transforming Our World: Achieving the SDGs” is a call to action that extends beyond policy makers to civil society, business, and universities, and is led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of the Earth Institute and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.



Because this is offered as a mini-series, there are no quizzes or assessments, and no certificates will be offered upon completion. Our objective with this mini-series is to encourage dialogue about the path forward in light of the recent adoption of the SDGs.


We encourage you to use the discussion forum to share your thoughts and ideas with other students from around the world.


Mini-Series Outline

Chapter I: Getting to Know the Sustainable Development Goals


Chapter II: Sustainable Development Plans


Chapter III: Technology, Innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals


Chapter IV: Good Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals


Chapter V: Business and the Sustainable Development Goals


Chapter VI: Universities and the Sustainable Development Goals


About the Instructor

Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Director, Earth Institute & Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers, and leads several other SDSNedu courses, most notably The Age of Sustainable Development.

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