The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development's learning programmes facilitate behavioural change, and support transformative action for sustainable development at national, regional, and global level – thereby catalysing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They offer online courses focusing on thematic sustainable development goals (SDGs) including climate change, social protection, and anti-corruption among other areas.
About the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
With the support from the Federal Government of Germany the United Nations System Staff College opened the “Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development” on 1 January 2016 in Bonn. The Centre was established to equip the UN and its partners with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Centre supports policy and operational work of the UN through the development of learning tools, platforms for interaction and a mature set of learning offerings for UN staff. It serves as a catalyst and convener prompting dialogue and knowledge sharing on issues relevant to the vision and mission of the United Nations – between UN staff and a diverse set of stakeholders from governments, academia, the private sector and civil society.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development profoundly challenges the way all development partners think, work and act. It requires enhanced multi-sectorial as well as cross-institutional integration and holistic thinking. Moving beyond separate mandates and structures, exploring linkages and interdependencies between different pillars and thematic issues is imperative. It is in this context that:
They strengthen and communicate the sustainable development narrative. In particular, they build on their arsenal of knowledge resources and multi-stakeholder platforms to engage audiences across different regions, languages, and age groups in the global discourse around sustainable development. They also offer free-of-charge online resources and micro-learning modules, such as those developed with the Data-Pop Alliance, which are featured on their Big Data & Sustainable Development Open Learning Hub.
They focus on empowering stakeholders and facilitate integrated and transformative action for sustainable development.