With the support from the Federal Government of Germany, the UNSSC, on 1 January 2016, opened the “Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development” in Bonn to equip the UN and its partners with a vehicle to deliver on the learning agenda pertaining to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Its mission is to respond to the comprehensive learning, training, and knowledge management needs of the UN staff and partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda as well as the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development supports the 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 also 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 academia, the private sector and civil society.

Approach to Learning at the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

The sustainable development agenda demands new approaches to knowledge and skills development for all actors. Development progress requires holistic thinking, moving beyond separate mandates and structures and exploring linkages between different thematic issues. The Agenda 2030 requires an issues-based modus operandi, fostering new partnerships to identify key problems and opportunities, leveraging diverse means of implementation, and facilitating joint action to ensure progress and maximize results. In this context, life-long learning must be seen as a key component of personal as well as organizational development.

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To address the requirements of the Agenda 2030, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development integrates knowledge across UN agency mandates and thematic pillars of sustainable development. The Knowledge Centre fosters inter-agency coherence and strengthens dialogue and networks within and beyond the UN system. It is committed to facilitating catalytic learning across the UN system and beyond in support of sustainable development results. Through its work, the Knowledge Centre contributes to enhancing coherence of development interventions and increasing operational and conceptual capacity of UN staff as well as a multitude of other partners.

The capacity development approach of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre is organized around six interdependent building blocks:

EXAMINE: We provide concrete learning opportunities where UN Staff and partners can learn and examine the sustainable development agenda.

EMPOWER: We assist UN Country Teams in their efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 by identifying their learning needs and providing customized learning programmes.

PARTNER: We help the UN and partners to better engage in constructive partnerships to become genuine catalysts for sustainable development.

MEASURE: We recognize the importance of a coherent measurement language in the pursuit of the Agenda 2030, which will be reflected in our learning offerings.

LEAD: We create space where leaders across sectors can hone their craft, becoming more effective, strategic facilitators, implementers and leaders of transformational change.

COMMUNICATE: We engage alumni and the larger community in continuous discussions through live streams of debates, podcasts, a bi-annual journal and a blog.

How to enroll in our courses

We look forward to your participation in our specialized training courses. To enroll in the courses related to sustainable development, please click here.

How to get to the Bonn Campus

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is situated in Bonn, Germany. To reach the Bonn Campus, please click here.

More about the Knowledge Centre and its Programmes

You can also download our brochure and course overview to know more about the Knowledge Centre and its programmes.

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