UNSSC: News and Updates

Greetings from Bonn! At the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, we are looking forward to an active and productive fall season.  This is an exciting time for the UN, with several reforms underway in the international development cooperation system. Strengthening the capacities of UN staff and our partners to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a key aspect of these reforms, as emphasized by last month’s Secretary-General (SG) Report on ‘Repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda’.

The Report calls for ‘a new generation’ of UN Country teams, who are well-equipped to support the respective country-contextual needs of member states in an integrated and holistic way. This requires enhancing capacities in multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to leverage south-south and triangular cooperation. To lead this process we need strong sustainable development advocates, with a deep understanding of all dimensions of the SDGs and of varying local contexts, as well as the political economy of development. UN Resident Coordinators and senior staff, alongside leaders from government, the business sector, and civil society, must cultivate the requisite leadership skills in order to navigate the challenges ahead. Underpinning all of this is the need for a sound understanding of the foundations of the 2030 Agenda, as we strive for continued progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the UN system and beyond.


As you reflect on your aspirations for the second half of the year and your ensuing learning needs, we invite you to peruse some of our upcoming courses and free-of-charge offerings:


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


Upcoming Courses


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


Measurements for Effective Results-Based Management

2 Oct – 10 Nov 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  


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 a sustainability project, 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 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 and Sustainable Development 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


Read our new Spanish Primer on Sustainable Development

Our Primer on Sustainable Development is now available in Spanish! This two-page document serves as an entry-point to understanding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, explaining the historical process that led to the Agenda’s adoption, its core underlying principles, and its five dimensions, as well as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their interlinkages. The primer is also available in English, Russian, French, and Dutch, and further translations are forthcoming. Read the primers now


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Source: Notification UNSSC, 09.08.2017