Annual Report: Message from the Director

Today more than ever, the UN system needs leaders, managers and professionals who share a common understanding of the global challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

Since 2015, our programmes have been geared towards providing the skills and knowledge to help achieve this transformative agenda. With each year, we continue to innovate and grow, gaining further prominence on the UN system’s radar. In 2017, we stayed true to our goal of building the ability of the UN workforce to learn and adapt to new ways of working. We delivered 113 programmes with a number of new offerings to meet rising demand. Our beneficiaries grew to 21,976 comprising individuals from the UN and beyond.

We continued to evolve significantly not only in terms of geography – with 49 countries reached – but also in terms of collaborations, programmes and knowledge assets, detailed in the report.

It is a critical time for the UN and the world. Secretary General Guterres has stated that: “The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective. It must focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy.” The College has been dedicated to bolstering the skills and competencies of personnel across the UN since its inception. Boosting staff capacity and substantive knowledge, beyond specific agency perspectives, will be a top priority for UNSSC as we go forward. Providing learning programmes designed in an inter-disciplinary fashion will be key.

To help guide this critical work, we completed our strategic plan for 2018 to 2021. The plan serves as a detailed road map, marking the goals we anticipate achieving, and at a high level, describing how we plan to do this.

We are in a unique position to catalyse system-wide change. We will build further on our mission to contribute to a more effective, results oriented and agile United Nations through learning, training and knowledge dissemination in the coming years.

Thank you for having made 2017 a rewarding year for the United Nations System Staff College.

Jafar Javan
UNSSC Director


Annual report 2017: Interactive version

Annual report 2016: Interactive version

Annual report 2015: Interactive version