In direct response to the call by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to reposition the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda and to work towards "a new generation of Country Teams that are tailored to the specific needs of each country", the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is organizing executive courses on leadership skills for individual UN Country Teams.  

The UNCT Dream Team Leadership Training provides an exclusive opportunity for the UN Country Team (UNCT) to engage in a strengthened dialogue, collaborative learning and peer-exchange. The leadership training provides an open and safe space to unpack leadership challenges and opportunities for the UNCT to drive collective change towards new sustainable development partnerships, and to be an incubator for innovative ideas and joint leadership pilots. 

This allows the UNCT to be more effective in its engagement with stakeholders across government, civil society, academia, the private sector and the UN system towards a UN system that delivers impact that is larger than the sum of its parts in support of national priorities. 


The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development contributes to the development of coherent approaches to sustainable development policy and practice through the development of learning tools, platforms for interaction, and a mature set of learning offerings.

It also serves as a catalyst and convener, prompting dialogue and knowledge sharing on issues relevant to the vision and mission of the United Nations, in concert with a diverse set of stakeholders from governments, academia, the private sector and civil society.

Supporting a generation of leaders who are steering the world in a more sustainable direction is an important tool to unlock the transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda

In this context, UNSSC designs tailored leadership programmes for UN Country Teams consistent with the demand by UN member states for the UN development system to reposition and accelerate its support to countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The training is developed in line with national priorities and covers a wide range of topics regarding UN development system repositioning, integrated approaches to SDG implementation, as well as competencies and skills required to collectively define tailored country responses.


Keeping in mind specificities of each country context, the objectives of the UNCT Dream Team Training can include but are not limited to the following.

By the end of the UNCT Dream Team Leadership Training, participants should be able to: 

  • position and engage UN development system entities in country in order to accelerate action and delivery of the 2030 Agenda;  
  • exercise collaborative leadership behaviour, conducive to advancing a ONE UN response, which is greater than the sum of the parts and which advances sustainable development; 
  • identify opportunities for stakeholder engagement and build effective partnerships to support sustainable development in country;  
  • advocate more effectively for the UN’s collective value proposition.
Course methodology

The Dream Team Leadership Training will be tailored to the UNCT's specific needs, and it can be conducted in the following formats:

  • Face-to-face: duration can be between 2.5 and 3.5 days
  • Online: flexible format throughout a maximum of 1 week, according to time zones

Inputs, reflections and sessions can include topics such as:

  • vision and principles of the 2030 Agenda
  • collaborative and agile UNCT leadership
  • systems thinking in a post-Covid 19 world
  • climate crisis and economic
  • transformation: what role for the UN?
  • design thinking and innovation
  • team building
  • partnerships
  • negotiation and political acumen
  • advocacy
  • executive media training and strategic
  • communication
  • contextualized UN development system repositioning and
  • the collective value proposition
Target audience

UN Country Teams

Cost of participation

This programme is subsidized by the German Government. For exact modalities and costs, please write to