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,' this course will enable senior UN officials of UN Country Teams to become strong sustainable development advocates and to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with national priorities and needs.

Participants will deepen their knowledge and sharpen their political acumen, share practices, and acquire key skills to drive the transformative 2030 Agenda. They will engage with relevant approaches to integrated and demand-driven policy support and cross-sectoral programming to adapt the country support their UN entities provide to enhance the delivery of nationally-owned results. This programme builds stakeholder engagement, collaborative leadership, and communications skills, and presents concrete ways to apply these skills and capabilities in complex, highly-demanding country contexts. A field trip to illustrate practical approaches to sustainable development, as well as a high profile media training at the professional studios of the German broadcaster DW, will complement the intense training programme.

Certificates of Attendance from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the course.



Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a better understanding of the vision and principles underlying the 2030 Agenda and understand consequences for country support, including within the context of UN development system reform;
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of conceptual approaches to integrated and needs-based policy support and programming;
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of collaborative leadership and impactful goal-setting approaches;
  • Apply the art of effective communication to improve the quality of dialogue with partners and stakeholders, increase advocacy, and highlight results achieved by the UN and partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This face-to-face course combines inputs and lectures by subject matter experts and senior UN staff with opportunities for knowledge sharing and participatory exercises. Participants are led to apply their learning through ‘real-life’ UN case studies, team discussions and dialogues with the speakers.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The course covers substantive inputs and discussions with subject matter experts from the United Nations system, Member States, academia, and civil society on topics such as UN reform and repositioning of UN development system, concepts and approaches to implementing the 2030 Agenda, policy coherence and political economy of the SDGs, stakeholder engagement and partnership building, thought leadership for the 2030 agenda, collaborative leadership approaches, and many more.

Day 1: Sustainable Development vision and principles; challenges and opportunities of repositioning the UN system
Day 2: New approaches to systems thinking; collaborative leadership; stakeholder engagement, partnerships, and subnational action
Day 3: ‘Real life’ case study in the form of a full-day excursion to the nearby city of Eschweiler, which is dealing with a concrete sustainability challenge around open cast mining.
Day 4: Immersive professional media and communications training in the TV and radio studios of the Academy of the German foreign broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).
Day 5: Impactful goal setting; harnessing your role within the UNCT.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN Country Team members at the level of P5 and above

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 5500 USD will cover the following:

  • Five days of training, including a field trip to illustrate practical approaches to sustainable development challenges, as well as ongoing coaching on effective messaging on UN country support
  • An opening reception at the City of Bonn Town Hall
  • Professional media training at the DW broadcasting studios
  • Optional opportunity to attend a public panel discussion on ‘Bringing the 2030 Agenda to Life: Brokering Consensus for Sustainable Development at Global, National, and City Level’
  • 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.
  • A closing dinner at a restaurant in a scenic location

Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course. Accommodation in a hotel in town will be booked in advance by the UNSSC; however, accommodation expenses will be borne by the participants. Apart from the closing dinner, and some additional meals specified in the logistical note which UNSSC provides following enrolment, the cost of all meals will be borne by participants.

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