One of the biggest challenges today is to integrate sustainability into all areas of work in society. Sustainability is presented as a management mode, which calls for the revision of traditional systems in the public and private sector and in the work of all social actors.

Beyond the 2030 Agenda approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, society demands greater responsibility towards the planet and people; and greater involvement with the local environment in which we work and with future generations.

The sustainable philosophy has been spreading positively in the last decade, but it is necessary to articulate strategies and proposals for action, to ensure that it has been integrated into the core of the work of all sectors.

It is necessary to have professionals who understand the implications of sustainable development; who know how to develop effective strategies in all areas; and who are prepared to integrate indicators and metrics to facilitate accountability.

For all these reasons, the program presented here covers the areas mentioned above. In partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and with the recognition of Schiller University - with its university experience in the United States and Europe - the sustainable development program aims to serve as a platform for the training of professionals in the public and private sectors, ready to integrate sustainability as a management and accountability tool.

During the UN-secretary general remarks to the opening of the ministerial segment of the High-level political forum on sustainable development (13 July 2021), Guterres underlined that What we need is unity of purpose; effective leadership from all sectors; and urgent, ambitious action

The course now presented aims to respond to these needs, offering professionals from different sectors a unique training in sustainability.

The possibility of having professors who have worked in the United Nations and in the areas of the different modules, both in the public and private sectors, offers a theoretical and practical vision, which is especially necessary nowadays.

Sustainability has been shown in many cases as an aspiration related to the environment, but the Schiller & UNITAR course proposes an integrative vision, taking into account the three pillars: the economic, the social and the environmental.

The integrated methodology, the diversity of teachers trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability, and the attention to the different actors, make the course a unique opportunity to be trained in sustainable development.

Objectives

  • Professional Training for people working on sustainable development in private sector, civil society or public institutions.
  • To contribute to Agenda 2030 implementation. 
  • To promote research, training and activities related to sustainability.
  • Open the window for specific training tools and research activities on sustainable development.

Format

  • Online course.
  • 96 hours  (6,5hours/week) plus readings and final paper.
  • Sessions online; fore discussions; final paper.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and training on sustainability criteria to evaluate each of the sustainability areas: economic, social and environmental.
  • Concentrate studies in fields included in each of the sustainability areas
  • To understand policies, strategies and models for sustainability in different settings (private sector companies, public institutions and civil society organizations)
  • Build and develop skills and competencies to design and implement sustainability strategies

Basic Information

  • Course online.
  • Date: From January to April 2022.
  • 4 months plus final paper submission.
  • Language: English.

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