12 March 2019, New York, United States - United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York office recently partnered and signed an agreement with University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business to develop a new three-part e-learning learning certificate programme on “Leading with Ethics in Achieving the SDGs” for the summer and fall semester.


“Leading with Ethics in Achieving the SDGs” is an online course that will assist decision-makers in fostering the character traits and developing the durable skills necessary for SDG Leadership. Using state of the art online learning methodologies, instructors will explore techniques used by ethical leaders and seminal leadership scholars to prepare participants to handle various ethical issues and conflicts related to the achievement of the SDGs. This three-part unit will consist of, Fundamental Value Commitments in Self-Leadership (Transformative Learning), Ethical Decision-making in Achieving the SDGs (Issue-centered Learning) and How to be an Ethical Leader in the Global Ecosystem (Reflective Practice through Human-centered Design (HCD)). The duration of the course will be from 3 July 2019 to 6 November 2019 and accessible via our online platform.

This three-part blended-learning certificate programme will teach individuals how to lead from a foundation of ethics. Our course will differ from other ethical leadership courses in that it will be grounded in the context of the SDGs through short videos/lectures by the instructor; instructor-led exercises or case study reviews; and team collaboration on Human-Centered Design projects.

UNITAR is excited to forge this new partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder, a public research university founded in 1876 with multiple campuses serving Colorado, the nation, and the world through leadership in high-quality education and professional training, public service, advancing research and knowledge, and state-of-the-art health care. This partnership with University of Colorado Boulder goes well with UNITAR’s mission to develop the individual, institutional and organizational capacities of countries and other United Nations stakeholders through high-quality learning solutions and related knowledge products and services to enhance decision-making and to support country-level action for overcoming global challenges. This new course “Leading with Ethics in Achieving the SDGs” will allow UNITAR to continue to serve its diplomatic community and those who are interested in learning about the work of the United Nations. More information on this upcoming course can be found here.


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