09.10. – 13.10.2017 | UNSSC: Leading in Sustainable Development


Leading in sustainable development is a direct response to the recent call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda. The new executive leadership course will enable senior leaders from the UN system, the private sector and civil society to lead, coordinate and deliver nationally owned results.

The delivery of a transformative 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change requires smart institutions, access to knowledge and public accountability, serious long terms changes in attitudes and mind-sets, along with visionary leadership.

Leading in Sustainable Development will address the key dimensions of sustainable development; reflect on transformative change through personal stories and practical examples in North Rhine Westphalia; professionally strengthen communication skills for sustainable development messaging, and discuss the new leadership framework adopted by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Have increased understanding of key concepts and substantive focus of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement;
  • Be aware of key leadership approaches for sustainable development programming, policy integration, partnership and communication;
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of the imperatives of transformative leadership and have critically examined their respective organizational cultures and opportunities for change;
  • Be equipped with a better understanding of their own leadership styles and have identified individual trajectories to adjust them.


Day 1: Sustainable Development—what has changed and where are we going? Exploring the Rubik’s Cube;

Day 2: Constant dripping wears away the stone; repositioning the UN development system, the political economy of sustainable development; fostering change and innovation;

Day 3: Getting the message across; personal and professional media training at Deutsche Welle Studio;

Day 4: Sustainable development in action; full day excursion to reflect on ongoing projects and processes in North-Rhine Westphalia;

Day 5: Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk: The UN leadership framework


UN senior staff, government representatives and leaders in the business sector as well as from civil society, academia and foundations.


The course fee is 5,500 USD. To register, go to http://bit.ly/LeadSustDev2. For inquiries, email sustainable-development@unssc.org The venue of the course is UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, Martin-Luther-King-Str.8, Bonn, 53175 Germany.

Source: Notification UNSSC, 13.09.2017