UNSSC: News and Updates

Greetings from Bonn! Things are in full swing here at the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development as we get ready to welcome participants from around the world to our first course of the year: the Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. If you ever find yourself wondering what Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development are really all about, then this 5-week online course is the perfect thing for you!


In this update, you will find the following information:

UNSSC Peer Talk LIVE: Let’s Talk about Policy Innovations for Transformative Changewebinar recording now available!

In December 2016, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development hosted Katja Hujo and Gabriele Koehler from UNRISD on its Peer Talk LIVE webinar series. The two speakers engaged in a lively discussion by delving into UNRISD’s 2016 Flagship Report “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change” that calls for radical change in political priorities to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda. It proposes to achieve this by putting social and ecological justice at the top of the to-do list and making the economy work for people and planet. The strength of the report lies in the evidence it builds for this argument through a wide range of case studies which show that integrated and coherent policy making with an “eco-social” focus can create more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies. Read more | Watch the complete webinar here


Upcoming Courses


Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

20 Feb – 24 Mar 2017 (5 weeks), Online

The foundational course will equip you with a sound understanding of the concept of sustainable development as well as the vision and principles of Agenda 2030. It explores the three pillars of sustainable development while taking a look at the inter-linkages between climate change, planetary boundaries, social inclusion and human rights. Read more

Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development

7 Mar – 10 Mar 2017, Bonn (Germany)

This course is designed to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of UN staff regarding the imperatives for building partnerships, in the context of a rapidly evolving development cooperation environment where the UN is increasingly engaging with new and ‘non-traditional’ partners. This course will help you explore and dig into the key elements of partnering, and will also serve as a platform for cross-fertilization and knowledge and experience sharing among partnership practitioners. Read more

Stakeholder Engagement and Consensus Building for Sustainable Development

28 Mar – 30 Mar 2017, Bonn (Germany)

This three-day course, designed and delivered in partnership with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), aims at providing an in-depth overview of strategies for assessing, designing and convening multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives to implement Agenda 2030, through case studies and realistic simulations. At the end of the course, participants will have explored sustainable development as an ongoing process of negotiation, consensus building and partnership building among stakeholders with diverse economic, environmental and social interests and values. Read more

Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development

28 Mar – 31 Mar 2017, Cambridge (USA)

This course will enable you to learn how to make the Big Data revolution people-centered i.e. help shape the emerging Big Data ecosystem in ways that foster social progress and citizen empowerment across the globe, especially of poor and vulnerable communities. Read more

Leading in Sustainable Development

3 Apr – 7 Apr 2017, Bonn (Germany)

This five-day training programme focuses on the role of leaders as catalysts for change as well as ways to reshape partnerships for effective action, in the context of the sustainable development agenda. Designed and delivered in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Association, this course builds on inputs from renowned speakers and visionary leaders, and addresses different dimensions of leadership, from individual values to organizational incentives. Through diverse formats and exclusive peer-to-peer exchanges, it also examines some of the core dilemmas, leaders need to overcome to shape true pathways for sustainable change. Read more

More information:

  • For a complete list of our course offerings, please see our 2017 course overview.
  • To know more about us, please have a look at our brochure. For print versions on stone paper, kindly email sustainable-development@unssc.org.
  • Do you have ideas or suggestions? Do you want a customised training for your team or organization? Please send us an email.
  • We also invite you to follow us on Twitter @UNSSCBonn.

Source: Notification UNSSC, 03.02.2017