Through the MoU, UNSSC and the SDSN Association, which hosts the SDG Academy, commit to work together in the design and development of a diverse set of learning and training products around courses on the SDGs and the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initial focus is on the design and development of courses such as the Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Leading in Sustainable Development and online courses on tackling inequalities, and gender in the context of sustainable development. The cooperation also includes mutual support for communities of practice, joint knowledge products, and initiatives to support learning and capacity development within the UN system which both organisations will decide to deliver together in the future.

The partnership between UNSSC and SDSN Association for the next two years aims to bring together a wealth of expertise both from SDSN and the UN’s pool of practitioners, sustainable development leaders, and the vast network of partners from civil society, governments, academia and the private sector on sustainable development. Both parties endeavour to identify particular training demands of UN agencies and its partners. The agreement also aspires to respond to the far-reaching reform agenda that cuts across the UN System through transformative leadership, life-long learning programmes, and integrated learning approach to all the elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Contact information:

Simona Costanzo-Sow,, UN System Staff College, Martin-Luther-King-Str.8, 53175 Bonn, Germany

Chandrika Bahadur,, SDSN Association, 475 Riverside Dr. Suite 825, New York, NY 10115, USA