UNSSC: News and Updates

Greetings from warm and sunny Bonn! We are very happy to share with you that last week the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development conducted 5 trainings simultaneously across the world. Pursuing its goal of making knowledge on sustainable development accessible to diverse audiences within and beyond the UN system, the Knowledge Centre’s team successfully delivered learning and training on different aspects of sustainable development in Germany, Guinea Bissau, Morocco, Algeria and online, all in one week!

Going forward, we have a number of interesting learning opportunities in the coming days that we would like to share with you. Read on to find out more!

In this update, you will find the following information:

Our Upcoming Courses:


UN Women and UNSSC launch new interactive video on Women’s Access to Justice

UN Women and the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development have jointly developed an interactive video on Women’s Access to Justice. This new video provides an introduction to key concepts around women’s access to justice from the perspective of family law. It discusses why focusing on women’s access to justice is essential in order to achieve sustainable development, and explores the various means to address the barriers which prevent women from accessing justice. The explainer video is followed by an interactive map that illustrates successful initiatives undertaken by UN Women in countries around the globe. Read more | Watch it now


Join our free upcoming webinar on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on the SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action – Register now!

The Paris Climate Change Agreement set the goals, and now countries must translate them into action. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) set out what each country plans to do as part of the Paris Agreement to contribute to the international effort to secure a sustainable future for all.

Join us for the second session of our 7-episode webinar series on Climate Action. This webinar will explain how the NDCs open up a new universe of opportunities for economic cooperation and partnership to realize mitigation and adaptation plans and increase climate resilience. Organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the webinar will feature Claudio Forner, team lead of mitigation at UNFCCC and Koko Warner, manager of the UNFCCC impacts, vulnerability and risks subprogramme. The webinar will take place on 7 June 2017, 3:15 – 4:15 pm CEST (9:15 – 10:15 am EDT). If you would like to attend this event, please register in advance. Register now!


Sailing the ship of storytelling across an ocean of data – Read the article by Paul Gallagher

In this article, Paul Gallagher, one of the trainers of the Communicating as One on Sustainable Development course organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Bonn, talks about the biggest challenge facing the UN in communicating the SDGs in its 193 member countries – to not just provide comprehensive data but also to tell the story behind the data. To read the full article and to watch Paul’s video interview, click here!


The recording of our SD Talks webinar with Dr. Achyuta Samanta is now available on the SD Talks website – Watch it now!

Organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, the SD Talks event titled Eradicating Poverty Through Education featuring Dr. Achyuta Samanta took place in Bonn as well as online on 5th April 2017. The live event was joined by participants from around the world. If you missed this event, you can now watch a recording of it on the SD Talks website. Watch it now!


Upcoming Courses


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 Country Programming in the Context of the Agenda 2030

4 Jul – 7 Jul 2017 (4 days) | Bonn, Germany | For UN staff only

Designed in close cooperation with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UN DOCO), this 4-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 Agenda 2030. More info


Results-Based Management for Sustainable Development

11 Jul – 14 Jul 2017 (4 days) | Turin, Italy | For UN staff only

A comprehensive 4-day training programme that will equip UN staff with the knowledge and skills to apply results-based management (RBM) principles in supporting UN programming processes in the context of the new requirements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, calling for more integrated approaches. 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


We’re Hiring!

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is looking for an Associate Fellow with a strong background in the areas of eLearning, training or capacity building. For more information and to apply, please go to http://bit.ly/EmpElearn2. Application deadline is 11 June 2017.


More information:

  • Learn about Sustainable Development in less than 4 minutes! Watch our explainer video in English or French . Want to develop an explainer video for your country team, agency or organization? Please send us an email.
  • 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, 24.05.2017