The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes a paradigm shift. It requires understanding and articulating a narrative around the meaning and value of sustainable development, how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) interrelate across various sectors, and what itwill take to achieve them.

Fundamentally, achieving the SDGs requires the active involvement of all stakeholders: the United Nations system, national, regional, and local governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and people at large. Success depends on pursuing a whole-of-government and whole- of-society vision with an eye to meeting the high ambitions and challenges of the goals. The UN system should be prepared to assist UN Member State in all aspects of this endeavour.

The Foundational Primer on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also known as the SDG Primer, aims to establish a common base of understanding and approach for the UN system in supporting the 2030 Agenda. It is primarily meant to inform, in broad terms, the programmes and actions of all UN entities, including their engagement with government and civil society partners.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The SDG Primer is hosted on the UNSSC Blueline platform. It comprises of the following:

  • The SDG Primer Online Module (3-hours)
  • Assessment Quiz

Participants will receive a Certificate upon successful completion of both of the above.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff at all levels

Note: This certified course on the SDG Primer is currently only available for UN staff. If you are not employed by the UN, you can still access the SDG Primer (without a certificate) at

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