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 per cent of this requirement. This requires tapping into other sources of finance and emphasizes 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 investments, financing gaps remain large. The mobilization of both public and private resources and investments falls far short of what is needed. Engineering innovative investment opportunities by shifting the structures of incentives, amplifying domestic resource mobilization, leveraging digital transformation and fintech, redirecting pension funds towards more sustainable opportunities and unlocking the potential of new channels such as crowd sourcing 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 mobilization of finance for sustainable development.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development finance landscape;
  • Be aware of UN approaches and catalytic actions to support the development and implementation of national sustainable financing strategies;
  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of strategies to mobilize 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: 

The 2030 Agenda and the imperatives for change in the ways in which it will be financed, defining the UN’s role in supporting national financing strategies, mapping the financial landscape, innovations in public, private and blended finance, understanding the demand for sustainable investing, leveraging digital and fintech, resources and support available within the UN system.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff: Resident Coordinator Office staff engaged in financing for the SDGs, coordination officers, financing and partnership specialists and officers, programme and policy specialists.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of $2,500 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.

Special Discount for UN staff working in UN Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs)

This course is part of the UNSSC Sustainable Development Learning Package offered to Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) staff. We are offering a special discount of $1,000 to UN staff working in RCOs as part of UNSSC’s targeted support to the UN reform process through sustained and facilitated learning and leadership development programmes. 

Kindly clearly indicate in your motivation statement how this course can benefit your work in responding to country-specific needs in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

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