The IMEDD announces the launch on May 5th of the U.S.A’s index to measure unequal racial delivery of sustainability – SDSN United States of America


The IMEDD announces the launch of the U.S.A index on unequal racial delivery of sustainability by the SDSN United States of America on May 5th, 2021. As a research institute specialized in sustainable development, the IMEDD will take part in this event to assess and inform the United Nations and the U.S.A’s allies on how the U.S address this issue of inequality in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDSN USA is a network of universities and research institutions across the United States committed to Sustainable Development.
The network endeavors to build pathways to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement in the United States by mobilizing research, outreach, and collective action.

The United States Chapter of the Sustainable Solutions Network (SDSN USA) will then launch on May 5th a new index about unequal racial delivery of sustainability in the U.S.

This project is one of the first known attempts to use the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to assess unequal racial delivery of sustainability in the U.S. and endeavors to measure how U.S. states are delivering sustainability across different racial and ethnic groups.

The project measures sustainability broadly across social, environmental, and economic lenses, using the framework of the SDGs to assess inequality, and building upon the work done in a recent SDSN USA project, The index hopes to encourage international accountability on racial inequality and clarifies how the U.S. can respond to the UN’s Leave No One Behind Agenda, which maintains that those who have been least served by development progress must be those first addressed through the SDGs.

By revealing these disparities and highlighting the numerous critical gaps in availability of racially disaggregated data in official, publicly-available U.S. sources, SDSN USA hopes to bring policy makers, researchers, and community leaders to the table in order to collaborate to address the inequalities in how states deliver the SDGs.

On May 5th, the SDSN USA network members, partners, and other stakeholders dedicated to equitable measurement and delivery of sustainable development in the United States will host a panel discussion on the recommendations and implications of this work, and provide context for the findings.

The panel will be moderated by SDSN USA co-chair and Howard University Professor, Dr. Helen Bond.

Panelists will include:

  • Judith Aidoo-Saltus, CEO of Caswell Capital Partners, LLC
  • Dr. Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink
  • Gerald Torres, Professor of Environmental Justice and Professor of Law at Yale.

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