National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS)

National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS) form a fundamental pillar in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were designed with a universal scope, yet their realization heavily relies on national and local action. This is where NSDS come into play, translating the global vision into local reality.

NSDS are strategic, comprehensive policy frameworks that countries develop and implement to promote sustainable development at the national level. They reflect the economic, social, and environmental realities of each country, taking into account their unique challenges, opportunities, and resources. Thus, NSDS allows each country to tailor the SDGs to its own context, ensuring they address the most pressing issues.

The process of creating and implementing NSDS also encourages stakeholder participation and promotes cooperation across different sectors. It fosters a sense of ownership and commitment among stakeholders, vital for the successful realization of the SDGs. For instance, NSDS might call for collaboration between the private sector, civil society, and government to tackle SDG 13, "Climate Action," by reducing carbon emissions or investing in renewable energy sources.

Moreover, NSDS often include mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating progress towards sustainable development. This aligns with SDG 17, "Partnership for the Goals," which emphasizes the importance of accountability and data-driven decision-making in achieving the SDGs. Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms embedded within NSDS ensure continuous learning and adjustment, which is crucial in addressing the dynamic and complex nature of sustainable development.

Training future healthcare sustainability leaders in Canada.
Addresses the Health Effects of Climate Change: a new expanded climate and health strategy based on data, science, and action.
A "train the trainer" approach to facilitate incorporation of climate-content into residency curriculum.
This paper presents an initial qualitative exploration of United States physicians’ perspectives with regard to whether, why and how physicians might discuss the health effects of global environmental change, climate change in particular, with their patients and what would need to change in healthcare systems to facilitate this.

The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021, 100055

This article discusses current initiatives in several areas to contribute to a climate resilient Bahamas, and prioritizing mental health and psychosocial support for survivors of climate disasters.
This investigation describes patient and family responses to climate change counselling administered by one pediatrician in a Wisconsin clinic.
Addressing the severe impacts of wildfires on climate change
This Comment article supports SDG 3, 13, and 15 by calling for urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1·5°C, halt the destruction of nature and further biodiversity loss, and protect health.

The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021,100049

Given their carbon emissions, pharmaceutical companies must intensify their efforts and play an active role in addressing climate change.


The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021, 100048

This exploratory study examines parental opinions about receiving climate change information at their child's checkup.