UNSSC: News and Updates

We are proud to announce another addition to our range of knowledge offerings on sustainable development. As a first in a series of many, we have just launched our first explainer video on sustainable development titled Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development. Read below for more information.

In this update, you will find the following information:

  • Our Upcoming Courses:

Watch Our New Explainer Video: Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are not merely items on a checklist but represent a holistic approach to understanding and tackling problems by guiding us to ask the right questions at the right time. We need to consider several challenges in order to work out how they connect with and impact each other. But how does it work? To better understand sustainable development and its dimensions, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) launched its first explainer video that introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Watch it now

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is currently developing other explainer videos in collaboration with UN WOMEN as well as UNEP/CMS. If you would like to collaborate with us to design and develop an explainer video for your UN Country Team, agency or organization on topics related to sustainable development, please email us at sustainable-development@unssc.org.

News From Our Partners

Pyxera Global Engagement Forum

4 – 5 April 2017, Washington, DC (USA)

PYXERA Global, an organization that facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors to tackle complex challenges, invites you to The Global Engagement Forum: LIVE happening on 4 – 5 April 2017 in Washington, DC. The Forum focuses on specific solvable problems related to Global Health, Agriculture, and Economic Opportunity. To request an invitation, please click here. You are also welcome to join the virtual events leading up to the conference. PYXERA Global is a learning partner of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in our Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development course.

UNDOCO Webinar Series on the new UNDAF Guidance

8 Mar, 15 Mar and 22 Mar 2017, 9 am – 10 am EST

The 2017 UNDAF guidance (approved by the full UNDG on 22 February) provides guidance for a new generation of the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) that reflect the 2030 Agenda. The UNDAF provides a system-wide overview of key UN activities and functions at country level, in support of national policies, priorities and plans of programme countries, whilst ensuring coordination, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency for maximum impact. To inform UN Country Teams on the new guidance, DOCO is organizing a series of 3 webinars. The 3 webinars will be facilitated by DOCO and the 3 co-chairs of the UNDAF TaskTeam that led the development of the new guidance: Dan Seymour (UNWOMEN), Giovanna Rossignotti (ILO) and Rio Hada (OHCHR).

  • Session 1: A general introduction to the new UNDAF guidance (8 Mar 2017, 9 am EST) Register now!
  • Session 2: UNDAFs in crisis and complex country situation (15 Mar 2017, 9 am EST) Register now!
  • Session 3: UNDAFs in High Middle Income Countries (22 Mar 2017, 9 am EST) Register now!

Upcoming Courses

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

Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

8 May – 9 Jun 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

Communicating as One on Sustainable Development

16 May – 18 May 2017, Bonn (Germany)

A course designed for UN staff to discuss the core principles of the Communicating as One principle as well as wider approaches to communicating the 2030 Agenda. This course will strengthen your outreach and advocacy skills, as well as your capacity to highlight the results achieved by the UN and other stakeholders at the country level in the context of Agenda 2030. Read more

Close the Loop – SDG 12 Online Course

22 May – 30 Jun 2017 (6 weeks), Online

This course will help you analyse and put into practice sustainable production and consumption practices, and understand the relevance of sustainable business models and sustainable lifestyles for the overall 2030 Agenda. This course is created in partnership with the collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) – an international non-profit created jointly by UNEP and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. 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, 02.03.2017