Associated Partner: The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

About Sustainable Development

Development is more than the rise of national incomes. It is about creating an environment in which people have opportunities and choices, where they can develop their full potential and lead productive and creative lives in accordance with their needs and interests. The notion of sustainable development elaborates further on the necessity to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. This includes the fundamental obligation to be mindful of the long-term consequences of political, social and economic choices we make with regard to value systems, social cohesion, stability and peace and the need to respect planetary boundaries.

By endorsing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world community has reaffirmed its commitment to the three pillars of sustainable development, namely – to ensuring sustained and inclusive economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection, and to do so in partnership and peace. The Agenda 2030 is universal, transformative and rights-based. It is an ambitious plan of action for countries, the UN system, and all other development actors.

Just after the adoption of the Agenda 2030, Member States also adopted the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement constitutes a historic agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. To support the implementation of the agenda in a holistic manner, the UN system must seize its strategic position as catalyst for change.

Who we serve

In response to the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement and recognizing the importance of integration, both from a thematic as well as an inter-agency perspective, the UNSSC

Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development brings together representatives from across the spectrum of UN entities.

Considering the need for more systematic multi-stakeholder engagement and partnerships, an increasing number of courses also welcome the participation of representatives from the private sector, philanthropic foundations, academia and civil society.

These courses foster dialogue, enhance sharing of good practices, strengthen networking, and leverage the comparative advantages of different partners in implementing the Agenda 2030.

Building Blocks

The Agenda 2030 profoundly challenges the way development partners work as it requires enhanced multi-sectorial as well as cross-institutional integration.

To address the requirements of the Agenda 2030, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development integrates knowledge across UN agency mandates and thematic pillars of sustainable development. The Knowledge Centre fosters inter-agency coherence and strengthens dialogue and networks within and beyond the UN system.

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre’s role in inter-agency learning, knowledge sharing, and knowledge management enhances coherence of development interventions and increases operational and conceptual capacity of UN staff as well as a multitude of other partners.

The capacity development approach of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre is organized around six interdependent building blocks:

EXAMINE: We provide concrete learning opportunities where UN Staff and partners can learn and examine the sustainable development agenda.

EMPOWER: We assist UN Country Teams in their efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 by identifying their learning needs and providing customized learning programmes.

PARTNER: We help the UN and partners to better engage in constructive partnerships to become genuine catalysts for sustainable development.

MEASURE: We recognize the importance of a coherent measurement language in the pursuit of the Agenda 2030, which will be reflected in our learning offerings.

LEAD: We create a space where leaders across sectors can hone their craft, becoming more effective, strategic facilitators, implementers and leaders of transformational change.

COMMUNICATE: We engage alumni and the larger community in continuous discussions through live streams of debates, podcasts, a bi-annual journal and a blog.

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Contact information:

UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Haus Carstanjen

Martin-Luther-King-Str. 8, Bonn 53175, Germany

+49 228 815 2657