UNSSC: SD Knowledge Highlights

We are pleased to have brought to conclusion the 7th annual UN Summer Academy, which took place 27-31 August. The 2018 edition of the Summer Academy, on the theme “Bringing the 2030 Agenda to Life” focused on integrated approaches to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The academy introduced the core substance and processes related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and provided conceptual background knowledge on sustainable development, as well as insights into specific roles of different development partners.

More than 100 selected participants and speakers from over 30 countries joined the UN Summer Academy this year, representing organisations and institutions ranging from governments and the UN system to civil society, academia and the private sector. In result, the 5-day interactive programme, provided participants with a great platform to build partnerships and adopt a multi-stakeholder approach.

Interested in the many insightful discussions that took place at this year’s Summer Academy? We are happy to share with you the UN Summer Academy 2018: Days in Review. Here, you can see the compilation of the UN Summer Academy’s daily newsletters, which provide session summaries and key takeaways of all five days.

We stand ready to design and deliver tailor-made learning programmes to meet the specific needs of UN entities, governments, sustainable development networks, and other partners. If you’d like to develop a customised training for your UN country team, agency or organisation please send us an email.


Interested to learn and know more? See how we can help you!

Take one of our upcoming courses


Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, Online, 01 Oct – 02 Nov 2018

This engaging 5-week online course aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to analyse policies that are coherent as well as mutually reinforcing across departments and agencies.

Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA, 15 – 17 Oct 2018

A training programme designed to strengthen the skills of UN staff and development practitioners in selecting, creating, using and interpreting data in support of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Catalytic Support to South-South & Triangular Cooperation in Implementing the 2030 Agenda, Bonn, Germany, 17 – 19 Oct 2018

This face-to-face course equips you with a sound understanding of the key principles of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, as well as the tools and methods to mobilise partnerships in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

What a UN Evaluator Needs to know: How to Manage UN Evaluations in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Bonn, Germany, 13-16 November 2018

This face-to-face course equips UN staff with the knowledge and skills to design, commission and manage evaluations to strengthen the oversight, transparency, accountability and collective learning arrangements of the United Nations development system to enable continual enhancement of its contributions to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Free-of-charge offerings and opportunities

Re-watch our SD Talks on Eradicating Poverty Through Education

In this past SD Talks, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, discusses with Patrick van Weerelt, Head of Office at UNSSC’s Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, about eradicating poverty through education and women’s empowerment. The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences is one of the largest free residential institutes providing education, food, and accommodation to over 25,000 indigenous (tribal) children in India. Watch it here.

Primer on Sustainable Development

Read our two-page primer on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, available in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Russian, Portuguese, and Dutch.


Learn more about the UNSSC

Our Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Have a look at our brochure and course portfolio to find out more about our knowledge centre in Bonn. For print versions of the brochure, kindly email sustainable-development@unssc.org

All Upcoming UNSSC Courses

Browse through all of the College’s offerings and find a programme that suits your learning requirements.

We are Hiring!

Are you the development economist we are looking for? We are re-advertising for a Learning Portfolio Manager (P3) in our Bonn office. Please apply by 3 October.


Source: Notification UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, 19.09.2018