Agenda 2030 emphasizes a “world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want … free of fear and violence … with equitable and universal access to quality education, health care and social protection … to safe drinking water and sanitation … where food is sufficient, safe, affordable and nutritious … where habitats are safe, resilient and sustainable … and where there is universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy”.

It calls for development strategies that result in more resilient societies where people are safe from chronic threats such as abject poverty, hunger, disease, violence and repression, and protected from sudden and hurtful disruptions in their daily lives.

The human security approach supports the country-led implementation of Agenda 2030 by addressing the root causes of persistent poverty; strengthening resilience to climate change and natural disasters; promoting peaceful and inclusive societies; and bolstering the transition from humanitarian crisis to longer term sustainable development. As such the application of human security can significantly enhance actions taken by the UN and its partners to fully realize the transformative promise of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By being comprehensive and by drawing together all the actors necessary to respond to cross-cutting complex challenges, the application of human security ensures coherence, eliminates duplication and advances integrated solutions that result in more effective and tangible improvements in the daily lives of people and their communities.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Advance planning towards achieving Agenda 2030 by developing comprehensive, integrated and multi-stakeholder responses at the national, sub-national and local level.
  • Support highly localized and disaggregated analyses allowing for a deeper understanding of persistent and emerging risks towards the achievement of the SDGs.
  • Promote early action, reduce vulnerability and build resilience through inclusive and participatory processes that leave no one behind.
  • Be equipped with an extensive repertoire of lessons learned and good practices from numerous country contexts.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course will engage participants with adult learning methodologies, characterized by an interactive training style and a blended approach that fosters knowledge and experience sharing. Case studies and best practices will allow the practical application of analytical frameworks to real-life situations.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The first part of the course will establish the theoretical and analytical foundation of the human security approach and the SDGs. It will outline the convergence between the two, and will consider the added value of the human security approach as both an analytical lens and a programming framework for the implementation of Agenda 2030. The second part of the training will be devoted to imparting knowledge and best practices (through case studies and experience sharing) using tools and methodologies and applying them directly to participants’ own country contexts.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

Staff from across the United Nations system, Governments and civil society interested in Agenda 2030 and its achievement.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to a generous contribution from the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), this course is offered at the subsidized price of 1,000 USD. Sponsoring organizations are responsible for the travel and accommodation of their participating staff.

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