Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Orientation and Training

MOOC on Introduction to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda for UN Delegates and Negotiators

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Post-2015 "Preparing for Action" National Briefings

UNITAR is working, together with the UNSSC and UNDG, on a set of briefing materials to support the launch of country-level discussions on the implications of the new agenda and appropriate national processes to take it forward. Please see the description at the bottom of the page.

2015 Time for Glolal ActionWith the process to develop the post-2015 sustainable development agenda approaching critical milestones, UNITAR organized a series of interactive technical briefings for members of delegations and other government officials at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva in spring 2014. The content for these briefings designed with guidance from the Secretary-General’s ASG Steering Group on the Post-2015 agenda and contributions from 22 UN entities, has been updated and is now be proposed in the form of a Massive Open Online Course. This course is designed specifically for UN delegates in New York and their capital-based colleagues involved in the Post-215 negotiations. The overall objective of the learning offer for diplomats is to strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Phase I of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Orientation and Training aimed at supporting the negotiations will be followed by Phase II. The objective of the Phase II will be to make available learning and knowledge products and tools for governments and other national “change agents” to support the subsequent adaption of the agenda to country-level needs.

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Description of Phase I

A. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Introduction to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda for UN Delegates and Negotiators”?

Learn more from the course syllabus (PDF, 630 KB)

B. Orientation Briefings

In spring 2014, the series featured 11 different briefings in New York and 9 briefings in Geneva. 800 participants, including around 500 delegates attended the series in New York and Geneva. The briefings were designed with the help of 62 prominent experts from 22 UN entities and several external organisations. They involved peer-to-peer learning and active involvement of members of delegations, and created a knowledge base for the above mentioned Massive Open Online Course.

List of previous sessions in Geneva | List of previous sessions in New York

Description of Phase II

A. Post-2015 "Preparing for Action" National Briefings

Further to the expression of interest from several Member States, UNITAR has been working with the UN System Staff College and the UN Development Group to design the concept and develop briefing packages to support the launch of discussions by governments with the participation of other key national stakeholders on appropriate national processes to consider the new agenda, and its subsequent integration with national strategies. The briefing package is designed to be easily modified at local level.

The briefing packages are being developed for briefings that will respond to country demand, and will be designed as interactive face-to-face sessions.

The modules covered by the package may cover some of the following themes:

  1. Understanding the Origins and Nature of the Post-2015 process
  2. Transitioning from the MDGs to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development: Narrative and Key Concepts for a New Agenda
  3. Proposed SDGs
  4. Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and Means of Implementation
  5. Data, Review, and Follow-up

The briefing facilitation package will include:

  1. a facilitator’s guide (with a detailed scenario),
  2. a list of questions for discussion to be developed with guidance from the UNDG SD WG, and
  3. a toolkit that may include such elements as videos, presentations, animations, diagrams and infographics, quizzes, case studies and analysis, i-videos, tailored focus-groups, peer exchange and other group reflection, brainstorming and knowledge-exchange methodologies, other resources.

Other components of Phase II are in the process of being developed and will be announced in due time.

UN Staff are encouraged to visit the Post-2015 Learning Hub developed by the UN System Staff College for key learning resources, information and executive lounge chats and community forums.