The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require financing to the tune of several trillions of dollars, while current levels of Official Development Assistance stand at a mere 3-4% of this requirement. Self-evidently, this requires tapping into other sources of finance and emphasises the need to leverage ODA more effectively to channel global financial flows from unsustainable areas towards sustainable development to accomplish the transformation.

If the challenge is great, so is the prize. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent tremendous investment opportunities. Achieving the SDGs could open up $12 Trillion in market opportunities and create 380 million jobs by 2030.

However, despite growing momentum for sustainable development investments, financing gaps remain large. The mobilisation of both public and private resources and investments falls far short of what is needed. Engineering innovative impact investment opportunities by shifting the structures of incentives, amplifying domestic resource mobilisation, leveraging digitisation and fintech, redirecting pension funds towards more sustainable opportunities and unlocking the potential of new channels such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding could all help accelerate our progress towards the goals.

Financing the 2030 Agenda will require a radical transformation in the way that we think and work. This course is designed to equip UN staff with knowledge and skills to play a catalytic role in the mobilisation of finance for sustainable development.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the development finance landscape;
  • Be aware of UN approaches and catalytic actions to support the development and implementation of sustainable financing strategies;
  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of strategies to mobilise and leverage public and private resources and investments for SDGs

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This face-to-face course combines inputs and lectures by high-level subject matter experts with opportunities for knowledge sharing and participatory exercises. Participants are led to apply their learning through application-oriented learning methodologies such as case studies, collaborative group exercises, team discussions and dialogues with the speakers.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

2030 Agenda and the implications of changed ways of working, Funding to Financing - defining the UN’s role, Mapping the financial landscape, Public finance – using behavioral insights for mobilisation, Innovations in Private and Blended finance, Impact investing, Leveraging Digitisation and Fintech, Resources and support available within the UN system.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff: Programme and Policy Specialists engaged in financing for the SDGs, Coordination Officers, Financing and Partnership Specialists and Officers.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 2500 USD covers the following:

  • Four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises.
  • Exclusive access to a UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance at the course.

Certificates from the UNSSC will be awarded to participants upon completion.

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