05.09. – 07.10.2016 | UNSSC: Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The online Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development equips participants with an understanding of the most comprehensive blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet. By endorsing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world community is committing to the three pillars of sustainable development, namely – to ensuring sustained and inclusive economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. How can we all achieve the global plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity? How can different countries, organizations, and individuals of various contexts act together in partnership? These are some of the questions that we will discuss in the online course.

The course introduces the participants to the vision, principles, and elements of the new agenda for sustainable development. It discusses the SDG result-framework and the implications of goal-based development on, for instance, development finance. More importantly, the course allows all participants each week to directly discuss with leaders and sustainable development practitioners on pressing issues that they face in their own context. The course will run online from 5 September to 7 October 2016. The course is designed in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

What will the participants get from the course?


Each week participants will engage in peer-to-peer learning and interaction through discussion forum, learning journals, individual and group exercises, case studies, and learning assessments.


Week 1: Participants will learn the vision and principles of the new agenda.

The week begins by exploring the need for sustainable development, as opposed to a business-as-usual approach to development. It moves on to exploring the three pillars of sustainable development, with modules taking an in-depth look at topics such as climate change, planetary boundaries, social inclusion, and human rights.

In our May edition, we had David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, as our speakers.

Week 2: Participants will understand the SDGs results framework

The week begins by giving an overview of the history of the SDGs and the UN process to develop them and continues examining the importance of a truly integrated approach to goal-based planning for sustainable development. SDGs are here considered as a network of interrelated goals and targets.

In our May edition, we had Johan Rockstroem, head of Stockholm Resilience Centre, as our speaker.

Week 3: Participants will learn and discuss the means of implementation of the sustainable development agenda.

This week explores the means of implementation outlined in Agenda 2030 for achieving the SDGs. The modules provide information on the guiding principles related to the topics of finance, governance, and partnerships as they relate to the SDGs.

In our May edition, we had John Hendra, Senior UN Coordinator “Fit for Purpose” for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, as our speaker.

Week 4: Participants will learn localization of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

In this week participants will learn about designing national and local strategies that are in alignment with Agenda 2030. The modules include an overview of why planning is essential to the post-2015 development process, as well an overview of as useful tools for designing such plans. Additionally the week looks at the role of technology and innovation in sustainable development.

In our May edition, we had representatives from UN DOCO and UNCT Botswana as our speakers.

Week 5: Participants will learn about the review and the follow-up framework of the sustainable development agenda.

The fifth and final week of the course explores Agenda 2030’s follow up and review system that is used to hold countries and stakeholders accountable to their commitments. The week also includes a module on the data revolution as it relates to sustainable development.

In our May edition, we had Adreas Pfeil from the Permanent Missions of Germany and Colombia to the United Nations and Lester Salamon from John Hopkins University.



Each week, participants will have access to videos on sustainable development, webinars that allow them to directly talk to experts in the field, access to data visualization of current issues, fun quizzes, important documents and personal learning journal in one’s journey to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.

Workload: 6 hours per week

Technical requirements: Computer, tablet, or a smartphone with audio and video capabilities.



Participants who completed the videos, quizzes and course requirements will get a certificate of completion. Take a step to becoming a sustainable development expert!



Thanks to the generous contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany, this course is offered at a reduced price of USD 500 in 2016.



We welcome all individuals with different perspectives on sustainable development from civil society, academia, private sector and the United Nations.



Register at http://bit.ly/Agenda2030Intro. Deadline of registration is 29 August 2016.

For inquiries, kindly email sustainable-development@unssc.org.




Source: Notification UNSSC, 11.08.2016