UNITAR Online Courses: 2030 Agenda

By October 22, 2020 October 22, 2020 Capacity Development Initiatives


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers high quality online courses, knowledge products and services, that are innovative, tailored to the needs and aim for learning impact, to governments, organizations and individuals who would like to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They enable countries and organizations to align their strategies and policies with the Sustainable Development Goals as well as build the knowledge and skills of their staff to design and implement evidence-based decisions, maximizing positive impacts across all Goals and Pillars of the 2030 Agenda. Currently open UNITAR Online Course on the 2030 Agenda include:

1. Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda

This e-course is developed jointly by UNITAR and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN – DESA). The main objective of this e-learning course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of government officers to put in place institutional arrangements, systems and processes to ensure the participation of key stakeholders in national SDG reviews. The course consists of three online modules and is complemented by webinars providing course participants with a unique opportunity to learn directly from government officials from the former Voluntary National Review (VNR) countries and UN Secretariat representatives. Register here

2. Introduction to Data Governance for Monitoring the SDGs

The e-course aims to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of data producers and data users – from within and outside of Government – on selected issues related to official statistics, data governance, communities and partnerships, and data value chain needed to ensure effective monitoring for the SDGs. The e-course draws primarily on the outcomes of the consultations designed to inform the forthcoming edition of the Handbook of Statistical Organization. The e-course provides a good introduction for anyone interested to learn more about the meaning and the value of official statistics and various types of data sources.

It is also a good resource for members of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and National Statistical Systems (NSSs), particularly, newcomers and all those who want to refresh their knowledge of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (UN-FPOS) and learn more about good practices in the area of the organization of national statistical systems and statistical planning. Register here.

3. Understanding Data and Statistics Better – For More Effective SDG Decision-Making

This e-course aims to offer a double opportunity: i) to help improve the understanding of how better data can help design more effective public policies and ii) to brush up on your core data skills. The course covers aspects related to the interpretation, analysis, and presentation of data of direct relevance to the SDGs and more broadly national and sectoral policies aimed at ensuring sustainable and inclusive development. It introduces these topics using concrete examples of data use and public policy context from around the world. The course reviews both traditional and non-traditional data sources and discusses their uses, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by the latter. It uses a combination of story-telling, examples, videos and hands-on exercises to tailor to a variety of learners.

The course is intended for public officials in charge of SDG policies, as well as data producers and anyone interested to learn more about the role of data in public policy design. National Statistical Offices may also find it a useful resource in their work aimed at strengthening data skills and data demand from their countries’ decision-makers from across line ministries as well as in their efforts to further the understanding of data producers from across the National Statistical System and beyond when it comes to data use and data demand. Register here.

4. Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

This e-course on “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” is designed to improve general awareness about the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for policy-makers and the general public, especially youth. Participants can follow the course at their own pace, and can earn a certificate provided if they have met the certification requirements.

The course is offered in English and Spanish. Register here for English and Spanish.