International Policy Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Are you interested in learning more about the sustainable development policy frameworks that guide progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?


2030 Agenda
SDG13: Climate action
2030 Agenda and SDGs
climate change

The 2030 Agenda is a defining framework for most of the local, national and international efforts to promote and facilitate transformative action for sustainable development. It is one of several key international frameworks that guide development policies around the globe.

It is critical for policymakers and development practitioners to have a solid understanding of the 2030 Agenda and other relevant frameworks and to be able to apply these frameworks across their work.

Course methodology

  • This self-paced course follows a unique adaptive learning approach on an artificial intelligence-assisted platform matching the existing knowledge and learning needs of individual learners on the course topics. The AI Platform of the course checks the existing knowledge of the learners on the topic with regular probes, and automatically leads the learners to the course section that will be useful to focus more on a better understanding of the topics.
  • The course is hosted on the UNSSC online learning platform, eLounge, which allows participants a high degree of flexibility to access content at their own pace, from anywhere and at any time.
  • The e-learning platform tracks the completion of individual modules. A final certificate will be given to participants completing all modules in the learning path and an end-of-course survey.
  • The course module is estimated to require approximately 120 minutes of study time to complete. Learners will have two months to complete the course once they have received the login information.

Course contents

Module 1: History history behind the development of the 2030 Agenda

Module 2: About the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

Module 3: Global Indicator Framework for the SDGs

Module 4: Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Module 5: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Module 6: Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development

Module 7: New Urban Agenda


Target Audience

The course is geared to policymakers, practitioners and project managers who have an interest in sustainable development, or those who are working to implement sustainable development policy frameworks and wish to expand their knowledge.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the self-paced course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key international policy frameworks for sustainable development.
  • Describe how these international agreements, conventions and documents were designed and development.
  • Recognize the key aspects of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Define the review and reporting processes under the 2030 Agenda.
  • Describe the global SDG indicator framework.
  • Recognize the value of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework, New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement to Climate Change for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Recall the importance of the historical outcome documents that preceded the 2030 Agenda.
  • Explain the value-added that these international framework documents create both for international multilateral efforts and for individual Member States’ efforts towards sustainable development.