The sustainable development agenda demands new approaches to knowledge and skills development for all actors. Development progress requires holistic thinking, moving beyond separate mandates and structures and exploring linkages between different thematic issues. The Agenda 2030 requires an issues-based modus operandi, fostering new partnerships to identify key problems and opportunities, leveraging diverse means of implementation, and facilitating joint action to ensure progress and maximize results. In this context, life-long learning must be seen as a key component of personal as well as organizational development.

To address the requirements of the Agenda 2030, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development integrates knowledge across UN agency mandates and thematic pillars of sustainable development. The Knowledge Centre fosters inter-agency coherence and strengthens dialogue and networks within and beyond the UN system. It is committed to facilitating catalytic learning across the UN system and beyond in support of sustainable development results. Through its work, the Knowledge Centre contributes to enhancing coherence of development interventions and increasing operational and conceptual capacity of UN staff as well as a multitude of other partners.

The capacity development approach of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre is organized around six interdependent building blocks:

EXAMINE: We provide concrete learning opportunities where UN Staff and partners can learn and examine the sustainable development agenda.

EMPOWER: We assist UN Country Teams in their efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 by identifying their learning needs and providing customized learning programmes.

PARTNER: We help the UN and partners to better engage in constructive partnerships to become genuine catalysts for sustainable development.

MEASURE: We recognize the importance of a coherent measurement language in the pursuit of the Agenda 2030, which will be reflected in our learning offerings.

LEAD: We create space where leaders across sectors can hone their craft, becoming more effective, strategic facilitators, implementers and leaders of transformational change.

COMMUNICATE: We engage alumni and the larger community in continuous discussions through live streams of debates, podcasts, a bi-annual journal and a blog