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Dynamic, connected and engaging – the UN Summer Academy is a critical global forum for advancing sustainable development. Since 2012, the programme has convened an exceptional group of changemakers annually to address the challenges that are impacting the UN system and its partners.
Once again, the Summer Academy is welcoming participants from civil society, academia, youth-led organizations and the private sector to engage in robust discussions and knowledge exchanges on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This exciting event will take place from 26 to 30 June 2023.
Key faculty and alumni have included Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, former Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, former Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra, former Under Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag, former Assistant Secretary-General Sir Richard Jolly, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, German Development Institute Deputy Director Imme Scholz, and the heads of UN Bonn agencies. Together they have made the UN Summer Academy a success in the last decade.
The UN Summer Academy has played a pivotal role in fostering stakeholder engagement – a key vehicle for bringing about system-level change. As a tool to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda, multi-stakeholder engagement can help different actors understand the interlinkages that exist between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stakeholder engagement is also important for shifting power imbalances and enabling people from different sectors to work towards a shared goal to co-create solutions.
The UN Summer Academy provides a platform to:
Delivered virtually over five-days, the programme offers an engaging and immersive online learning experience. It is made up of plenaries, working group sessions, and side events, and covers over 50 separate sessions in an action-packed agenda. The virtual format builds on the rich legacy of the face-to-face editions.
The highly competitive selection process brings together a cohort of exceptional development actors. The programme features substantive expert inputs, hands-on collaborative participant interactions and engaging networking spaces that allow participants to share their expertise and learn from peers around the world.
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Plenaries are live webinars where participants come together to gain insights from experts and to exchange ideas. A wide array of formats and digital tools are used to ensure engagement and collective reflection.
Small groups of participants collaborate on a group project to co-create solutions to the issues under discussion. Participants engage in an in-depth exchange of sustainable development knowledge and best practices. The sessions are designed to promote the development of scalable and cross-cutting sustainable development solutions.
Interactive side events offer participants a variety of expert perspectives and social activities. They also provide a space for greater interaction, peer networking and building communities of exchange.
The Share Fair is an exhibition where different organizations showcase their work on sustainable development. It provides an opportunity for participants to connect with other global changemakers in a relaxed networking atmosphere.
Immersive learning experiences
The UN Summer Academy provides a virtual excursion to a city undergoing transformative change. The excursion is enabled through interactive 360-degree videos. Participants also get an opportunity to take part in a gamified high-stake decision-making gathering where they can build their communications skills and learn how to convey new ideas and manage conflicts in multi-stakeholder settings.
SDG Roundtable Discussions
To harness the collective expertise of the UN Summer Academy participants, the UN Summer Academy provides dedicated spaces for in-depth discussions about real-life examples, concrete sustainable development practices, challenges, and opportunities.
The UN Summer Academy Trend Talk features inspiring leaders who are creating new opportunities for disruptive and innovative development solutions. During these sessions the cohort engages leaders on emerging issues that can impact how we live tomorrow.