International Women's Day, celebrated globally on March 8, highlights issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. This year's theme for International Women's Day is "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality." The focus is on how technology and education in the digital age can empower women and girls worldwide. 

Experts from the fields of technology and innovation and gender equality activists will convene to discuss improving access to digital tools and bridging the digital skills gap to ensure equal opportunities for all. 

Our Mission 

As the UN system's learning and knowledge institution, UNSSC provides training, learning, and capacity-building support to UN staff and partner organizations worldwide. Our focus is on sustainable development, peace and security, leadership and management, including gender equality and women's empowerment. The College offers learning programmes that prioritize the role of innovation and technology, with modules that advance gender equality and empower women and girls. Our courses have brought together inspiring women in the fields of innovation and technology. 

Our Story  

Since our establishment in 2002, UNSSC has empowered thousands of women through our learning programs, enabling them to do their jobs more effectively, advance their careers, and enhance their contribution to UN priorities. The shift to online learning in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in even more women taking UNSSC courses. 

Last year, the College reflected a gender component into 48 out of 207 courses to ensure that participants in our learning programmes gain a deeper understanding of gender equality and the empowerment of women. We continually publish content featuring gender perspectives, demonstrating our commitment to gender equality beyond just 8 March. 

Women who Inspire Us
Women who Inspire Us
Kotchakorn Voraakhom
Exclusive Interview with Sustainable Design Pioneer, Kotchakorn Voraakhom

UNSSC’s Simona Costanzo Sow speaks to Kotchakorn Voraakhom, an award-winning female landscape architect who is taking part in UNSSC’s Executive Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development. Voraakhom shares her insights on her career journey, and her work in implementing sustainable architecture practices in Thailand.   

Alice Ruhweza
Driving sustainable development results in Africa: A woman leader’s perspective

Alice Ruhweza,  Director for the Worldwide Fund for Nature. In this spotlight interview, she shares a thought-provoking account of her experience as a female sustainable development leader.

UN Emerging Leaders E-Learning Spotlight Interview with Anne Wangui Njoroge

In this interview we “put the spotlight” on Anne who shares her experiences and describes how it is it is beginning to help her to think differently and embrace the UN’s new leadership culture.

Spotlight interview with emerging leader Devina Ahluwalia

Devina, a Learning Solutions Specialist at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), discusses her learning experience and leadership development journey on the UNEL-e 2021 spring edition.

Digital4Sustainability Learning Path
Digital4Sustainability Learning Path

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path explores the transformational role digital solutions and innovations can play in advancing environmental and social sustainability. In particular, how can digital technologies power the green transition, and how can the digital transition be green?