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It's up to us, New York, New York

A few bites of the Big Apple

A delegation from MSDI recently travelled to New York for the UN General Assembly week (including Climate Week and Global Goals Week), held between 20-30 September 2019. Other events included the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), and SDSN Leadership Council and SDSN Networks meetings. SDSN stands for the Sustainable Solutions Development Network, one of a number of international organisations teaming up to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Fourteen of our best and brightest arrived to take part in meetings, workshops, plenaries, networking and more networking, and amongst other things, to promote the new MSDI/McMaster Social Systems Evidence initiative (SSE).  SSE is a platform for policymakers to rapidly search the latest evidence for the challenges facing the world today, a kind of one-stop-shop for those looking for solutions (and the science to back up decisions).

To help promote this new initiative with McMaster, SDSN Australia/New Zealand/Pacific and SDSN Canada co-hosted a workshop to introduce the SDSN community and beyond to SSE,  how it works, and how it can help achieve the SDGs.

John Thwaites (Chair, MSDI) and Jean Andrey (Chair, SDSN Canada) opened the workshop and were joined by John Lavis, Director of the McMaster Health Forum, and MSDI's Peter Bragge (Lead, Monash-McMaster Social Systems Evidence Collaboration) to enthuse the audience about this new initiative to bring the best available evidence on what works to the widest available group of decision and policy makers.

They took the time to make a quick record of the mood in the room, which we've made into a snappy video.