UNSSC: News and Updates

Greetings from the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in Bonn! Together with over 90 participants and more than 30 speakers and presenters from over 50 countries, we have just concluded the sixth UN Summer Academy, on the theme ‘Localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.  The Academy commenced with sessions on the concept of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda, localisation of the 2030 Agenda, and UN Bonn’s contribution to the Agenda, followed by a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Bonn. Over the next few days, participants attended further panel discussions, and chose from a selection of close to 40 practical application labs. Topics ranged from ‘How to Measure the Results and Impact of the SDGs at Local Level’ to ‘Sustainable Energy for All Design Approach’, as well as ‘Localising the SDGs – Tools and Examples’ and ‘Transition Towns – A Social Movement to Reimagine and Rebuild Our World’. They also participated in an excursion to the nearby city of Eschweiler, which is transitioning from coal mining to a greener future, as well as a Share Fair in which close to 30 organisations presented on their role in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The Academy ended on a memorable note, with a keynote speech by Patricia Espinosa, Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), on an integrated approach to sustainable development. You can access pictures and key messages from UN Summer Academy on storify: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5


Part of the legacy of this year’s UN Summer Academy was the launch of the UNSSC and simpleshow foundation Volunteer Initiative during the Share Fair on Thursday. Building on the strong partnership between the simpleshow foundation and the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, the new Initiative will engage volunteers worldwide in creating simple and entertaining explainer videos about the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Volunteers will be able to sign up online in minutes, and promote awareness and action around topics such as ‘Why is water important for peace?’ or ‘Describe one powerful way your country is fighting poverty’. Sign up here


Below you will find more information about our upcoming courses and free-of-charge offerings:


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


Upcoming Courses


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 organisations 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

In direct response to the UN Secretary General’s reform agenda, 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 mobilising 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


Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Development

7 Nov – 10 Nov 2017 (4 days) | Turin, Italy | For UN staff only

This four-day course seeks to enhance the application of monitoring and evaluation practices and to promote greater harmonization of approaches, methodologies and tools within the UN System. Designed and delivered with a contribution from the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG), this course provides an overview of key concepts, trends and tools relevant to the monitoring and evaluation functions within the UN system. Tailored to address the requirements of the new development agenda, the course takes into account the global indicator framework, which will guide the monitoring and evaluation of its goals and targets. Read more


Free-of-charge offerings


Join our upcoming SD Talks webinar on COP23 in Bonn

Join us for the fourth webinar of our SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Ambassador Nazhat Shameen Khan, Chief Negotiator for the COP23 Presidency, and Halldor Thorgeirsson, Senior Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at UNFCCC, will speak on the topic ‘COP23 in Bonn: Setting the Rules of the Climate Game’. The webinar will take place on 27 September 2017, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm CEST. If you would like to attend this event, please register in advance. Register now


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Source: Notification UNSSC, 31.08.2017