On August 9th 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). The 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. The Network, directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is organized around 12 Thematic Groups and a growing number of Regional Centers.
Participation in the Solutions Network is open to universities, scientific research institutes, civil society organizations, technology companies, science-oriented foundations, and other institutions that have deep expertise in one more areas related to sustainable development, and who commit a substantial amount of their own technical and research work towards finding and/or implementing solutions for sustainable development.
More information can be found here: http://unsdsn.org/