In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and global scales.

In 2015, the SDSN launched its official youth initiative (SDSN Youth) to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions.



SDSN Youth aims to:

  1. Educate young people about the SDGs and create pathways for achieving them.
  2. Connect young people globally to exchange ideas, share experiences and collaborate to achieve the SDGs.
  3. Support young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs.

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SDSN Youth Mediterranean is the regional team of volunteers of SDSN Youth for the Mediterranean area, gathering 80 youth member organizations over 16 countries.

It is supported by SDSN Mediterranean, being both based in Siena (Italy) and hosted by the Santa Chiara Lab Research and Innovation Centre (Siena University).

It operates within the global goal of SDSN Youth to inspire, engage and mobilize young people to become active agents in the achievement of sustainable development, through education, networking, and cooperation.

It focuses specifically on the Mediterranean region, and supports the work of young local sustainability entrepreneurs, encouraging networking and partnerships for further sustainable solutions.