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.

Achieving the 2030 Agenda requires systematic multi-stakeholder engagement and partnerships. We therefore continuously strive to expand our learning offerings for representatives from beyond the UN system, welcoming participants from government, the private sector, civil society, and academia.

Next month, we will launch three new online courses which are open to all. Each one zooms in on a key theme of the 2030 Agenda: social protection, designed in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), climate change, a joint course with UN Climate Change, and private sector engagement. Indeed, achieving the ambitions of the Agenda will not be possible unless we  take responsibility in terms of social protection, address climate change, and place sustainable development at the core of businesses and investing. Registration is now open for all three courses, and you may find the full descriptions and signup links below.

By the way, the UN is keeping track of commitments by diverse partners through its global registry of voluntary commitments & multi-stakeholder partnerships. You may want to register your own initiatives aimed at driving implementation of the SDGs or browse existing commitments.


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

Take one of our upcoming courses


Social Protection for Sustainable Development, Online, 04 Jun – 06 Jul 2018

Designed in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Social Protection Department, this online course equips participants with a solid understanding of social protection and its relevance for Sustainable Development.

Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a Development Agenda, Online, 15 Jun – 27 Jul 2018

This joint UN Climate Change – UNSSC online course offers a holistic and integrated approach to climate change and demonstrates the interlinkages and interdependencies between sustainable development and climate change to make informed policy choices towards low-carbon and climate resilient sustainable development.

Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector in Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Online, 22 Jun – 27 Jul 2018

Private sector engagement is imperative for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to succeed. UNSSC is launching a first of its kind online course on private sector engagement in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

UN Summer Academy: Bringing the 2030 Agenda to life, Bonn, Germany, 27 – 31 Aug 2018

This engaging five-day programme fosters rich interaction on issues relevant to the work of the UN and its partners to concretely implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. It will feature panel discussions, solution oriented workshops (AppLabs), and an excursion, as well as a share fair and a boat trip.

Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Online, 24 Sep – 26 Oct 2018

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.


Free-of-charge offerings and opportunities


SD Explainer Video Contest

Submit an explainer video on a sustainable development topic of your choice, created through the UNSSC and simpleshow foundation Volunteer Initiative, and stand to win a free seat in the UNSSC Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda!

UN Summer Academy 2017 Summary

Thinking about joining this year’s Summer Academy? You may wish to revisit the summary of the 2017 UN Summer Academy, on the theme ‘Localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. Detailed proceedings are also available here.


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

2017 in Review: UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Read our 2017 in review to learn more about the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development’s major activities and learning points in 2017.


We also stand ready to design and deliver tailor-made learning programmes to meet the specific needs of UN entities, governments, sustainable development networks, and other partners. Below are some impressions from a recent customised workshop in Bonn. 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 Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, 09.05.2018