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Recognizing the imperative role of communication in advancing sustainable development, this four-day course is designed to boost the capacity of UN professionals to effectively communicate the United Nations' efforts in facilitating a country's progress toward the 2030 Agenda. It supports UN staff to go beyond merely foundational skills and raising awareness, and equips them with the most powerful tools to harness communication as a driver for tangible results. Through immersive and interactive face to face workshops and clinics, participants will advance their knowledge and skills in strategic communications, theory of change in the communication context, the art of data storytelling, digital content, crisis communication management, political acumen, and navigating misinformation. As part of this course, UN professionals will take part in a professional media training at the studios of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Effective communication can bolster the UN's reputation, positioning and ability to inspire action. The world needs credible and convincing leaders capable of telling powerful stories to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, the world needs UN practitioners who understand the importance of creating a cohesive, effective communications process that is aligned with the vision and mission of the organization. In addition, the world needs messengers of hope who are able to capture people's imagination and offer solutions.
At the end of this course, participants will possess a good understanding of strategic communications, communications coordination, and ways to employ communication tools to advance sustainable development actions at global and national levels.
This face-to-face course combines inputs and presentations by subject matter experts from the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) and senior UN staff with opportunities for knowledge sharing and participatory exercises. It will adopt a blended format of instructional sessions and practical application.
Participants will apply their learning through experiential learning methodologies such as case studies, team discussions and other participatory and innovative learning methods.
Course enrolment will be limited to 30 participants to maximize interaction with course instructors and derive the greatest benefit from small group work.
UN staff at senior level who have a communications role within the UN system; Communications officers and associates from the UN system or UN practitioners assigned as UN communication focal points at country level.
The course fee of $2,500 covers the following:
Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance in the course.