About SSN

We assist governments, the private sector and research institutions in understanding the economic, social and environmental choices that climate change presents. We collaborate extensively with partners who share our vision of sustainable development.

We capture and share lessons as they emerge, to contribute to global knowledge on achieving climate-compatible development in practice. SSN is a non-profit organisation operating from Cape Town, South Africa.

Latest News


April 23, 2015

SSN at REF 2015

Renewable energy festival 2015: Making renewable energy a reality A reflection on SSN’s first REF by Vuyiseka Majali. The second edition of the Renewable Energy Festival was another hot affair that saw energy specialists, climate change and development specialists, environmental justice centered civil society organisations and ordinary South Africans engage around renewables in a relaxed […]


April 16, 2015

SSN represented in Instanbul

SSN will be represented at ‘Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics, Young Scholars Workshop‘ by Carina Conradie and Charlotte Scott presenting a piece on ‘Investigating perceptions of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign in South Africa: Connecting Climate Change and Labour Issues’. The conference focusses on the debate of how to reconcile climate […]

CDKN's INCD guide

April 14, 2015

New guide helps LDCs prepare INDCs

New guide helps LDCs prepare Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) A new publication from CDKN and Ricardo-AEA  - Guide to INDCs -  provides practical guidance to Least Developed Countries on how to prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for the UNFCCC. INDCs are contributions by the Parties to the UNFCCC towards achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention: […]

An infographic from CDKN's executive summary of the IPCC's AR5 depicting future climate trends for Africa.

April 14, 2015

Free resources for communicating climate change from CDKN

CDKN  has expanded its ‘media toolkit’ with new, high-quality images to accompany the report series What’s in it for Africa.  We have added more than 100 new images to the toolkit, showing climate change impacts and solutions. The images are free to use by journalists, educators and development organisations for articles, reports and training purposes. […]