World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC)

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. The goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

Over the next 13 years, with these new goals and the 169 targets that universally apply to all countries, nations are expected to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. The SDGs recognise that global efforts towards ending poverty need to be supported by strategies that increase economic growth and address a range of social needs in areas as varied as education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

But as previous experiences gathered during the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (which preceded the SDGs) have shown, policymaking and the setting of objectives alone are unlikely to suffice in addressing the sustainability problems seen today, and those expected in the future. In order to increase the likelihood that the SDGs yield the expected benefits, their implementation needs to be supported by high-calibre, high-impact sustainability research on the one hand, and training and technology transfer on the other.

In order to address this need, the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) has been created. WSD-RTC is a multi-stakeholder, academically based research and transfer centre, which brings together the best available knowledge and technologies on sustainable development in support of the implementation of the SDGs.  

Rationale

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Mission and objectives

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Structure

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Schedule and work programme

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The director

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Contact information

Professor Walter Leal
World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC)
Hamburg University of Life Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences
Ulmenliet 20
21033 Hamburg
Germany

Tel: +49-40-428756313
Fax: +49-40-42875-6313

wsd-rtc( (@) )ls.haw-hamburg.de