American Leadership on the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are more critical today than ever.

These 17 interconnected goals offer a foundation for building a resilient, inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a recovery that ensures no one is left behind.

Since the global launch of the SDGs in 2015, American communities have been at the forefront of developing innovative and meaningful action to advance progress. From students to CEOs and city halls to state capitals, local leaders across sectors are embracing the SDGs as a framework to build sustainable, equitable societies where all people can thrive.

In support of these efforts, the UN Foundation and Center for Sustainable Development at the Brookings Institution are working with partners to foster collective action on the SDGs in new communities across the country.

This work aims to create a space where communities can share real-time insights and learn from one another, drawing on experience and expertise from SDG pioneers across the United States – including Hawaii, New York City, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh — to help all Americans make sustainable development a reality in their own communities.

We have four objectives:

  • Coalition-building and Partnerships: Build and connect a coalition of local, multi-stakeholder SDG networks centered in U.S. communities.

  • Knowledge-sharing, Research and Analysis: Foster connection and learning within and between communities and pursue research exploring new approaches, best practices, and policy innovations.

  • Communications: Serve as a resource on SDG efforts in the U.S. and elevate local innovation and action.

  • Policy Action: Coordinate and support new commitments, learning and policy efforts.

Why Do The SDGs Matter in America?

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Annual Events

Together with the Brookings Institution, we co-host an annual flagship event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly showcasing American leadership on the SDGs.

This UN Foundation-Brookings Institution event highlighted the U.S. cities, states, foundations, businesses, and universities that are at the forefront of driving progress on the SDGs.

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In the second annual UN Foundation-Brookings Institution event, leadership from across the U.S. came together to showcase the power of the SDGs to achieve equity and sustainability.

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Contact Us

Kaysie Brown

Vice President for Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Krista Rasmussen

Senior Research Associate, Policy Planning