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

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

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Web Based
9 Feb 2015 to 30 Sep 2015
Duration of event:
8 Months
Programme Area:
Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy
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No Fee
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The process to agree on a Post-2015 development agenda drawing on the intergovernmental mandates from the 2010 MDG Summit, the Rio+20 conference and the 2013 Special Event has taken center stage in the development debate since the past year. First, it is likely to define the course of development in the next fifteen years. Second, it is hoped that the future agenda will cover in a balanced and integrated way different dimensions of sustainable development, and help to break down the silos that have historically hindered development policies. Third, the Post-2015 process has involved an unprecedented number of consultative processes and stakeholders from governments to civil society and private sector experts, working at global, regional and national levels, as well as global citizens providing their inputs through innovative field consultations and a dedicated online platform. The on-going negotiations represent an opportunity for Member States to put in motion a truly transformative agenda to redefine the future. The complexity of the Post-2015 process with its various work streams and generated inputs has created a need for a tool helping the delegates and diplomatic community to navigate easily through different recommendations and proposals. This online course has been designed drawing on the wealth of knowledge produced by the Technical Support Team, and contributions made by 22 United Nations entities to a series of delegates’ briefings organized by UNITAR during the negotiations within the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

This self-paced course aims to strengthen the knowledge of Member States' delegates to the United Nations and their capital-based colleagues required for providing an effective support to their countries in the Post-2015 negotiations taking place in January-July 2015. The course is a non-facilitated, stand-alone activity with no fees.

Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to 1) Describe the origins of the Post-2015 negotiations, as well as key milestones and inputs into the Post-2015 process; 2) Discuss emerging key principles, and proposed content of the Post-2015 agenda; 3) Identify main challenges in each Sustainable Development Goal area, and provide examples of linkages between different goal areas; 4) Analyze the changing nature of Global partnership for Sustainable Development, and summarize the discussion on means of implementation; 5) Articulate the importance of review and follow-up for the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda, as well as the crucial role and challenges of quality data collection and data literacy.

Module 1. Post-2015 process and status of the debate Module 2. Transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals to the Post-2015 Agenda: Key concepts Module 3. Understanding proposed Sustainable Development Goals and Targets Module 4. Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and means of implementation Module 5. Review, follow-up and quality data for the Post-2015 agenda

This self-paced course consists of five modules developed around the overall learning objectives, as well as second-level learning objectives specific to each module. The estimated learning time per module ranges from 2 to 5 hours. Modules can be followed separately if a participant is only interested in catching up on some specific issues. It is advised, however, that those who are not familiar with the subject matter follow the modules according to the proposed sequence. Each module is developed as an interactive presentation complemented by tasks and exercises helping to improve the understanding of the issues under discussion, and retain the acquired knowledge. Additional exercises, such as case studies and other tasks, are also proposed for some of the modules. Each module is followed by an objective multiple-choice assessment.

This course has been designed, specifically, with a view to addressing the knowledge needs of the diplomats supporting the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 agenda, either through their Missions in New York or from capitals. It is expected that it will be particularly useful to all those capital-based diplomats who will be spending a significant portion of their time in 2015 supporting their delegation in the negotiations. It will also help the newly arrived delegates to the United Nations in New York expected to support the Post-2015 negotiations to quickly catch up on the status of the negotiations and major issues under discussion. The course is also open to everyone interested to learn more about the nature of the process, its interlinkages with other major intergovernmental negotiations, as well as the status of the Post-2015 debate. Participants can follow the course at their own pace, and can choose to have a certificate provided they have met the certification requirements.

The registrations are now closed. Registered participants can complete the course by 30 September 2015. 

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