The UN Summer Academy is an annual 5-day programme that offers executive education, learning and knowledge exchange to those working to advance sustainable development approaches. Combining academic rigour with cutting-edge thinking, it provides a platform for participants to engage in discussions on issues of relevance for the work of the UN and its partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

Started in 2012, the UN Summer Academy takes pride in the strength of its faculty which includes former Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, current Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, former Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra, former Under Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag , Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, as well as former Assistant Secretary-General Sir Richard Jolly to name but a few.

The UN Summer Academy fosters interactive learning through panel discussions, workshops, excursions and practical application labs where speakers and participants examine relevant thematic areas and discuss a wide range of topics such as: the work of the United Nations in more than 70 years and its relevance in an evolving global context as well as the core dimensions of sustainable development and implications for a diversity of actors. The previous UN Summer Academies have taken place in different UN cities such as New York, Turin, and Bonn.

The 6th edition of the UN Summer Academy was organised from 21 to 25 August 2017 on the UN premises, in Haus Carstanjen in Bonn, Germany on the topic of “Localizing the 2030 Agenda.”

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To download the proceedings of the UN Summer Academy 2017, please click here.

Women Leaders. Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima
and now Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed at the UN Summer Academy.


Testimonials from UN Summer Academy Participants

I was fortunate to attend the UN Summer Academy in Bonn, Germany in August 2016 to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I went to Bonn to learn about the goals and, in particular, make linkages to management practice.  The UN Summer Academy was action packed and we were fortunate to hear from many speakers covering a vast range of topics. I personally came away with a few other insights that will shape my work in this space. – Jenny Darroch, Drucker School of Management

The 2016 UN Summer Academy provided us with an opportunity to explore ideas and learn from each other as well as a chance to meet experts in the field of sustainable development. We go back to our countries inspired and with many new connections, which will help us to make a difference back home. Education is the first step to change attitudes and behaviors in the long term. – Dwiti Vikramaditya, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), India

2016 UN Summer Academy Participants

The UN Summer Academy was well-organized. The visit to Opladen was a really nice idea to actually see how common efforts contribute to SDG implementation. The program is very well balanced between presentations, activities, trips and communication. Thank you!

The reasonably long time for social interaction was brilliant.

“Overall the sessions were very good and very related to my work. Having people from all over the world and working in different walks of life was an amazing experience. The UN Summer Academy added a perspective from developing countries.”

“The UN Summer Academy helped a lot in clarifying, conceptualizing, defining and redefining ideas and concepts that we use in our professional lives without realizing the transformation those ideas had gone through from the last time we studied them.”

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Share Fair

The UN Summer Academy prides itself in providing an open space for knowledge-sharing and learning opportunity called Share Fair, which is open to the wider public. The Share Fair highlights experiences and expertise of participants as they share good practices in implementing and scaling local projects and finding relevant partners. For more information on past Share Fair presentations, please go to  


UN Summer Academy 2015 Highlights: The UN at 70 from UN Summer Academy on Vimeo.

UN Summer Academy 2014 Highlights - New Actors, New Challenges, New UN Approaches? from UN Summer Academy on Vimeo.

UN Summer Academy 2013 Highlights: The Role of the United Nations in a Rapidly Changing World from UN Summer Academy on Vimeo.

UN Summer Academy 2012 Highlights: A New Global Development Partnership from UN Summer Academy on Vimeo.