UNSSC: News and Updates

Greetings from warm and summery Bonn! Before you head off on your holidays, or while enjoying a well-deserved break, we at the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development are pleased to share with you some of our course offerings for this fall. If you’re still finalizing travel plans, consider visiting Bonn along the way! After all, what better way to round up your summer on an inspirational note, than to explore national, regional, and local level implementation of the 2030 Agenda at our UN Summer Academy? Find out more and register today

Speaking of inspiration, earlier this month many of us read the long-awaited Secretary-General (SG) Report on “Repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda”. In a new blog post, Patrick van Weerelt, Head of Office at the Knowledge Centre, reflects on some of the coming changes, asking how the UN can champion sustainable development across the board. Read it now

The SG Report also evoked several discussions raised by participants of our SDGs workshop for Peer Support Group (PSG) and UN Coordination Officers from Europe and Central Asia (ECA), held in Bonn last month. Read more about repositioning the UN in Europe and Central Asia to be “fit to serve all its partners”. Alongside regionally-tailored learning, UNSSC and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation have joined forces to strengthen capacities in the area of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SS&TC) through a series of customized trainings. Curious to learn why SS&TC is a vital area of action for the 2030 Agenda, and how you can build your capacities in this area through our upcoming course? Find out here


In this update, you will find the following information:


  • Our upcoming courses:
  • Our free-of-charge offerings
  • All courses at the UNSSC


Upcoming Courses


Leading in Sustainable Development

9 – 13 Oct 2017 (5 days) | Bonn, Germany

This executive five-day training programme explores the role of leaders as catalysts of transformative change in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Participants will explore the leadership challenges posed by the 2030 Agenda from the perspective of substantive integration of the dimensions of sustainable development, as well as the institutional changes required.  The course will combine expert inputs and inspirational speeches with numerous opportunities for senior level networking and practice exchanges, as well as innovative formats such as a simulation about the political economy of sustainable development at national level. Also on the agenda is a one-day excursion to Amsterdam to visit the living sustainability lab of Buiksloterham, as well as professional media and communications training in the TV and radio studios of the Deutsche Welle (DW) Academy in Bonn. More info


UN Summer Academy

21 – 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 with 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


UN Country Programming in the Context of the 2030 Agenda

5 – 8 Sep 2017 (4 days) | Bangkok, Thailand | For UN staff only

Designed in close cooperation with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UN DOCO), this four-day training explores effective and innovative approaches to country programming. It equips UN staff with enhanced knowledge of UN programming tools and instruments, in order to more effectively support national efforts in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. More info


Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

11 Sep – 13 Oct 2017 (5 weeks) | Online

This fifth and updated edition of the foundational course will equip you with a sound understanding of the concept of sustainable development as well as the vision and principles of the 2030 Agenda. 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. More info


UN Catalytic Support to South-South & Triangular Cooperation in Implementing the 2030 Agenda

17 – 19 Oct 2017 (3 Days) | Bonn, Germany

This three-day course equips participants with a sound understanding of the key concepts and principles of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, as well as the tools and methods for practical support in mobilizing partnerships through South-South and Triangular Cooperation. As called for by the UN Secretary General in his Report on “Repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda”, it explores the catalytic role the UN can play in helping to further promote the South-South Cooperation agendas of its member states and development partners as a whole. The course expands its coverage beyond individual UN staff and UN Country Team members to include governments and institutional focal points on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Read more


Free-of-charge offerings


Join our upcoming SD Talks webinar on Climate Finance

Join us for the third webinar of our SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UNFCCC climate finance experts Grant Kirkman and Liza Leclerc will speak on the topic Climate and Sustainable Development Finance: Can We Bank on It?’ The webinar will take place on 17 August 2017, from 3:15 – 4:15 pm CEST. If you would like to attend this event, please register in advance. Register now!


Connect with the German Diplomatic Academy’s Alumni Network

We are delighted to let you know that as part of our partnership with the German Diplomatic Academy, we can offer you the opportunity to join their alumni network. This will enable you to connect with a network of numerous internationally oriented alumni from over 180 countries around the world, and gain access to a rich variety of events. Sign up now!


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Source: Notification UNSSC, 19.07.2017