In a few days the international community will meet to endorse the Sustainable Development Goals as well as 2030 targets to eradicate poverty, tackle inequalities, and protect the planet. Realizing the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require galvanizing action from stakeholders across all sectors, ideally working together through collaborative, distributed, and dynamic networks-—also known as Global Solution Networks (GSNs). Multitudes of these networks already exist and are poised to make significant contributions to implementing the SDGs.
Since 2013, the Global Solution Networks program has studied the emergence and impact of multi-stakeholder networks in solving global problems. The study has found that there are 10 distinct types of GSNs, each with extraordinary power to bring about positive change for people and the planet. The table below aligns specific examples of leading Global Solution Networks with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For a full overview of existing GSNs working to deliver on the SDGs, please explore the hubs on this website (gsnetworks.org).