WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University has joined a United Nations initiative that aims to bring together international scientific and technological expertise to address global challenges. Gerald Shively, associate dean of Purdue’s College of Agriculture and director of International Programs in Agriculture, will serve as the university's Sustainable Development Solutions Network liaison.

The SDSN runs under the U.N. secretary-general to support the development of Sustainable Development Goals. 

Those goals include building "a holistic framework, applicable to all countries, aiming to eradicate poverty and deprivation" while also growing the economy, protecting the environment and promoting peace and good governance, according to the U.N.

The SDSN says it will implement these goals locally, nationally and globally by partnering with the academic community to included the latest knowledge and developments in sustainable development into action.

“Purdue has a strong demonstrated track record of success working on issues relating to sustainable development,” Shively said in a news release. “Joining the SDSN will raise our profile and help us to engage with development leaders from all regions and sectors, including civil society, the U.N. system, and the public and private sectors.”