In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States. The Agenda represents a multilateral consensus between governments and diverse actors who identify people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership as the main guiding principles, shared and universal, on which a new set of global, regional and national strategies and policies are to be based.
In an effort to respond to the comprehensive learning, training, and knowledge management needs of UN staff and partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNSSC launched the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in January 2016, in Bonn Germany.
In the last five years the Knowledge Centre has facilitated catalytic life-long learning opportunities across the UN system and beyond in support of sustainable development. In 2020, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development was formally recognized by the Federal Government of Germany as a self-standing UN Agency based in Bonn. With steady support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Knowledge Centre has become the 'go-to-place' for learning and training in the context of sustainable development and UN development system reform. It has demonstrated continued growth in activities, partners, as well as staffing even during the challenging years of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Knowledge Centre continues to establish itself as a beacon for facilitating continued growth and future-proofing the UN in a radically changed learning and sustainable development landscape.