UNSSC: News and Updates

Last week we had the opportunity to welcome the UN Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Ms. Amina Mohammed to our SD Talks webinar on Climate Action.  It was the first of a 7-episode series on Climate Action, organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in the lead up to and beyond the COP 23 Climate Conference, taking place in Bonn this November. Among many other relevant messages and insights, the DSG underlined the crucial importance of spreading knowledge about the 2030 Agenda. When asked about ways to engage, especially for young people, she said: “You have a big role in knowledge sharing. There is not enough knowledge out there about climate change and its interplay with sustainable development. Know it and share it!” The webinar recording is now available on our SD Talks website. You can even watch it on the go with our SD Talks mobile app. Watch it now!

In this update, you will find the following information:


Watch the SD Talks webinar with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

“Climate action is unstoppable because it makes business sense”, said the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during the opening session of the SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action which took place on 3 May 2017. Titled Paris Agreement and the SDGs: One Agenda for a Sustainable Future, this first webinar featured Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The webinar which received over 500 registrations from more than 100 countries within a matter of hours, underlined that although the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement were negotiated separately, they are all implemented together at the country level; and discussed the importance of approaching them in an integrated manner. Participants from around the world took the opportunity to ask their questions to the two speakers on topics that ranged from localization and financing, to the role of the UN System and ways for young people to engage. If you couldn’t make it to the live webinar, you can watch the recording of it either on the SD Talks website, or on your phone via the SD Talks App! Watch the webinar here! Read the full article here.

The next webinar in this series will focus on Nationally Determined Contributions: Blueprints for a Global Transformation, featuring Claudio Forner, team lead on mitigation at UNFCCC and Koko Warner, manager of the UNFCCC impacts, vulnerability and risks subprogramme. It will take place on 7 June 2017, 3:15 – 4:15 pm CEST. Register now!


Is it worthwhile partnering with foundations? Yes, but don’t expect their money – Read the article by Emilie Romon

“There are many reasons to partner with foundations. Money is not one of them”, writes Emilie Romon, who co-ordinates the OECD’s Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD). Emilie’s article focuses on how foundations make good partners, but not for the money they have to give out. She highlights how the perception about the deep pockets of foundations and the actual reality are quite misaligned, and how the actual resources of foundations are only a drop in the finance bucket. Read more


The recording of our second SD Talks webinar on data with Dr. Claire Melamed is now available on the SD Talks website!

Organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in partnership with Data-Pop Alliance, the second webinar session of SD Talks Special Series on Data for Sustainable Development was held on 28 April 2017.

The session titled Partnership for Sustainable Development Data: Mobilising Data for Leaving No One Behind was delivered by Dr. Claire Melamed, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The webinar session shed light on the importance of partnering around data and introduced the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data initiative, a global network of governments, NGOs, and businesses working together to strengthen the inclusivity, trust, and innovation in the way that data is used to address the world’s sustainable development efforts. Watch the webinar here!


Upcoming Courses


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 UN Environment and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. More info

Measurements for Effective Results-Based Management

5 Jun – 14 Jul 2017 (6 weeks) | Online | For UN staff only

Delivered in partnership with the ROI Institute (USA), this six-week online course enables effective RBM in UN system organizations by enhancing staff competencies in designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programs. It will enable participants to enhance their skills in data retrieval and analysis, reporting results, and using data to manage performance. This course is open to UN and UN-affiliated staff involved in project and programme management, results-based management officers, and monitoring and evaluation specialists. More info

Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development

27 Jun – 29 Jun 2017 (3 days) | Nairobi, Kenya

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. More info

UN Summer Academy

21 Aug – 25 Aug 2017 (5 days) | Bonn, Germany

The UN Summer Academy 2017 is titled “Localizing the 2030 Agenda”. The Academy, which has been organized by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) every year since 2012, prides itself on offering executive education, learning and knowledge exchange. It is intended for practitioners, policy makers and researchers working on furthering the core notions of sustainable development, as well as those actively engaged with the UN system in their daily lives. The 2017 edition of the Summer Academy will focus on ways to implement the 2030 Agenda at national, regional and local level, examining the particular role of cities and local authorities in the process. Participants will have ample opportunities to listen to renowned speakers, engage in workshops and interactive sessions and network among each other. Highlights of the Academy include an excursion and other exciting opportunities to discover Bonn and its region from a sustainability perspective. More info and Registration


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Source: Notification UNSSC, 15.05.2017