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Center for Sustainable Development

About the Center

Launched in 2020 by the Global Economy and Development program, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) generates leading research and insights to advance global sustainable development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and across all countries.

As the world enters the third decade of the 21st century, concurrent global crises of pandemic disease, economic contraction, systemic inequities, and severe environmental degradation are evolving amid a rebirth of nationalism, rapid technological change, hyper-fragmented public debates, and breakdowns in international cooperation. Against that backdrop, the SDGs, as established by all countries at the United Nations in 2015, form a crucial reference point for the community of nations in charting a new course toward economic, social, and environmental progress by 2030.

In response, the CSD is committed to supporting international, U.S., and networked societal leadership for sustainable development across all countries, including within the U.S. and other advanced economies. The Center builds on several years of active research and engagement led by Brookings scholars to inform the global sustainable development agenda and to promote inclusive and sustainable growth for all. CSD experts’ efforts have a particular focus on issues related to extreme poverty, the “leave no one behind” agenda, the metrics of sustainable development, sustainable development finance, climate change, the future of work, regional divergence, and the importance of local government leadership and innovation.

CSD undertakes research and convenings to advance five interconnected and mutually reinforcing issue areas:

  1. Defining the challenge: sustainable development economics and empirics.
  2. Identifying mechanisms and instruments to advance SDG implementation.
  3. Advancing sustainable development at local and other sub-national levels.
  4. Advancing effective financing for sustainable development.
  5. Advancing U.S. official and American societal leadership for global sustainable development.

Our team

John W. McArthur, Director and Senior Fellow
Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow
Max Bouchet, Project Manager and Senior Policy Analyst
Alexandra Bracken, Senior Project Manager
Marcela Escobari, Senior Fellow
Natalie Geismar, Project Coordinator
George Ingram, Senior Fellow
Shrijana Khanal, Project Coordinator
Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow
Odera Onyechi, Research Analyst
Anthony F. Pipa, Senior Fellow
Ian Seyal, Senior Project Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Jacob Taylor, Senior Project Manager
Emiliana Vegas, Senior Fellow & Co-director, Center for Universal Education
Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow & Co-director, Center for Universal Education

The center houses the following projects:

Global also organized the Brookings Blum Roundtable, an annual forum for global leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss innovative ideas and advance groundbreaking initiatives to alleviate global poverty.

To help celebrate the launch of the Center for Sustainable Development, an array of distinguished leaders around the world shared their congratulations, words of wisdom, and calls to action.

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