UNSSC: SD Knowledge Highlights

Greetings from the Staff College and its Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in Bonn!

We are pleased to provide you with a few Sustainable Development (SD) Knowledge Highlights, including information about our courses and free-of-charge offerings.

Here at the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, we emphasize that the 2030 Agenda calls for a holistic approach to identify the right answers to complex challenges. We often illustrate this point with the metaphor of a Rubik’s cube. Sustainable development, like a Rubik’s cube, is multi-faceted. Achieving true sustainability requires us to consider people, prosperity, planet, partnership, and peace. We cannot solve one aspect without considering the impacts on the others, and we must be mindful that what appears to be a solution in one area may inadvertently cause damage in another area.

In the wake of the second UN SG Report on repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, at the Knowledge Centre we are revisiting all our offerings for UN staff to ensure their alignment with UN Reform and the competences and skills required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

You may also want to revisit a blog post which we shared shortly after the release of the first UN SG Report last June. In the blog, our Head of Office Patrick van Weerelt discusses key conceptual shifts in the UN system, and identifies the consequent learning and training needs which we aim to meet through our work.


Interested to learn and know more? See how we can help you!

Take one of our upcoming courses


UN Country Programming in the Context of the 2030 Agenda, 20-23 Feb 2018, Bonn, Germany

Designed in cooperation with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office, this training enhances UN staff’s knowledge of UN programming tools and instruments, to support national efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Measurements for Effective Results-Based Management, 1 Mar – 13 Apr 2018, Online

Delivered in partnership with the ROI Institute (USA), this six-week online course for UN and UN-affiliated staff enables effective RBM in UN system organisations by enhancing staff competencies in designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programs.

Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 5 Mar-6 Apr 2018, Online

Enroll in the updated edition of the foundational course to gain a sound understanding of the concept of sustainable development as well as the vision and principles of the 2030 Agenda.

All upcoming UNSSC courses

Browse through all of the College’s offerings and find a programme that suits your learning requirements.


Enjoy our free-of-charge offerings

A summary  is now available for our 2017 UN Summer Academy, on the theme ‘Localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. Detailed proceedings are also available here.

Access the recording and slides for all webinars in the UNSSC and UN Climate Change SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action, to hear from experts on climate change and sustainable development!


Learn more about the UNSSC

Our Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Have a look at our brochure and course portfolio to find out more about our knowledge centre in Bonn. For print versions of the brochure, kindly email sustainable-development@unssc.org

Customised learning resources on sustainable development

Would you like to develop an explainer video for your country team, agency or organisation? Please send us an email.

We also stand ready to design and deliver tailor-made learning programmes to meet, among others, the specific needs of UN entities, governments, sustainable development networks, and other partners. Below are some impressions from recently-concluded bespoke courses. If you’d like to develop a customised training for your UN country team, agency or organisation please send us an email.

Source: Notification UNSSC, 25.01.2018