STRENGTHENING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW OF THE 2030 AGENDA
This e-course is developed jointly by UNITAR and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN - DESA). The main objective of this e-learning course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of government officers to put in place institutional arrangements, systems and processes to ensure the participation of key stakeholders in national SDG reviews. The course consists of three online modules and is complemented by webinars providing course participants with a unique opportunity to learn directly from government officials from the former Voluntary National Review (VNR) countries and UN Secretariat representatives.
INTRODUCTION TO DATA GOVERNANCE FOR MONITORING THE SDGS
The e-course aims to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of data producers and data users - from within and outside of Government – on selected issues related to official statistics, data governance, communities and partnerships, and data value chain needed to ensure effective monitoring for the SDGs. The e-course draws primarily on the outcomes of the consultations designed to inform the forthcoming edition of the Handbook of Statistical Organization.
The e-course provides a good introduction for anyone interested to learn more about the meaning and the value of official statistics and various types of data sources. It is also a good resource for members of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and National Statistical Systems (NSSs), particularly, newcomers and all those who want to refresh their knowledge of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (UN-FPOS) and learn more about good practices in the area of the organization of national statistical systems and statistical planning.
MONITORING SELECTED SDG INDICATORS IN ASIA-PACIFIC SIDS
This e-course is intended primarily for the Asia-Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It aims to strengthen the capacities of these countries to organize national processes to monitor and inform the reporting on SDG indicators. It offers a range of examples from the region on selected topics to enable peer learning and good practice-sharing. It also provides a quick methodological overview of SDG indicators in selected areas such as poverty eradication, health, and finance with a view to enhancing the understanding of the way the indicators are compiled and related practices and challenges. Monetary versus non-monetary approaches to poverty with examples from the region are reviewed in more detail with video presentations by the World Bank and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) experts, while health indicators are covered by WHO resource persons and finance-related – by partners from regional International Monetary Fund (IMF) arm and SPC.
While the e-course was designed primarily for data producers from members of NSOs and line Ministries, the content is accessible to other audiences, including decision-makers and other data users. Partner agencies provide more detailed technical guidance for those interested in more in-depth coverage for the computation of specific indicators.
UNDERSTANDING DATA AND STATISTICS BETTER – FOR MORE EFFECTIVE SDG DECISION MAKING
This e-course aims to offer a double opportunity: i) to help improve the understanding of how better data can help design more effective public policies and ii) to brush up on your core data skills. The course covers aspects related to the interpretation, analysis, and presentation of data of direct relevance to the SDGs and more broadly national and sectoral policies aimed at ensuring sustainable and inclusive development. It introduces these topics using concrete examples of data use and public policy context from around the world. The course reviews both traditional and non-traditional data sources and discusses their uses, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by the latter. It uses a combination of story-telling, examples, videos and hands-on exercises to tailor to a variety of learners.
The course is intended for public officials in charge of SDG policies, as well as data producers and anyone interested to learn more about the role of data in public policy design. National Statistical Offices may also find it a useful resource in their work aimed at strengthening data skills and data demand from their countries’ decision-makers from across line ministries as well as in their efforts to further the understanding of data producers from across the National Statistical System and beyond when it comes to data use and data demand.
INTRODUCTION TO THE 2030 AGENDA: A NEW AGENDA FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD
This e-course on “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” is designed to improve general awareness about the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for policy-makers and the general public, especially youth. Participants can follow the course at their own pace, and can earn a certificate provided if they have met the certification requirements.
MAINSTREAMING THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The e-tutorial provides an in-depth and wide-ranging guidance on how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into each national strategies and policies. It is based on the UN Development Group’s (UNDG) Reference Guide "Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Case studies introduce innovative examples of how some countries have begun to develop and use relevant tools, and activities offer an opportunity to gain a better understanding and useful skills. Although this training tool has been primarily designed for government officials and development practitioners, it is also publicly available.
It is available in English and Arabic. The Arabic version of the e-tutorial was translated and implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.