In October 2013, the Executive Committee of the UN SDSN - Sustainable Development Solutions Network approved Venice International University's membership.
The Solutions Network is a UN initiative launched by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on August 9, 2012, as a new, independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help to find solutions for some of the world's most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.
The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.
VIU will bring its contribution to research, solution initiatives, and policy work. An integrated approach is at the basis of the work of both VIU and SDSN.
VIU is also member of the SDSN Mediterranean Regional Centre which fosters global SDSN activities within the Mediterranean Area region by developing and promoting solutions, policies and public education. SDSN Mediterranean is hosted by the University of Siena (Italy).
Activities of SDSN Mediterranean include:
- Cooperation and joint research activities among Mediterranean countries, universities and businesses;
- Development of practical solutions to sustainability issues relevant to the futureof the region;
- Elaboration of SDG indicators for the Mediterranean area;
- Promotion of networking activities among research centers, the diffusion of SDSN.edu education tools in the Mediterranean , and Euro-Mediterranean joint programming in the context of EU planning activities.