Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Orientation Briefing

With the process to develop the post-2015 sustainable development agenda approaching critical milestones, UNITAR is organizing a series of interactive technical briefings for members of delegations and other government officials at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva,  and proposing online learning opportunities. The overall objective of the briefings is to strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The first part of the face-to-face briefings took place in New York and Geneva in Spring 2014. Interested delegates can access learning materials organized in 11 learning modules and close to 90 videos of the presentations made by prominent UN and external experts during these sessions on the dedicated learning platform.

The platform is intended for Member States’ delegates. Interested diplomats are invited to request a password by sending an email to

The second part of the face-to-face briefings for Member States’ delegates will be delivered in New York after the beginning of the intergovernmental negotiations in 2014 – 2015. More information regarding the specific dates and topics will be provided in due time.

In addition, there will be online courses available for New York-based delegates and those diplomats who will be directly supporting the Post-2015 negotiations from capitals.

In spring 2014, the series featured 11 different briefings in New York and 9 briefings in Geneva, with the objective of:

  • Assisting participants to access the most up-to-date information on the post-2015 process, progress and key outcomes of ongoing Member States’ discussions, as well as newly arrived delegates to ‘catch up’;
  • Providing a dynamic and interactive space where delegates can exchange views on the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and have a more in-depth discussion, as needed.

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 online resource platform for delegates, as well as the online courses that are currently being designed.

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.

The event is free and open to the delegates to the United Nations.  Online (New York and Geneva sessions) or on-site registration (New York sessions only) is required.

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

Participants will receive access information to the Online Learning Platform on the briefing (