Learning to Lead: Transitioning to Adaptive Sustainable Development Leadership



UN Partner

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United Nations System Staff College

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4 days
24 hours
Bonn, Germany
2500 USD
Start date
18 June 2019
End date
21 June 2019
Registration deadline
11 June 2019

Course summary

The four-day programme for aspiring mid-level UN staff prepares participants for the critical transition to a greater leadership role in supporting transformative processes at country-level and builds on innovative and technologically advanced practices for sustainable development.

About this course

For the first time in humanity’s history, we live in a world in which all countries committed to a global action plan for people, prosperity and the planet – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The challenges to achieving this ambitious promise are enormous and the United Nations – impactful, effective, fit for purpose – has never before been more needed by its Member States than now.

The ongoing UN development system repositioning process calls for a new set of attributes for the UN leadership – impactful, adaptive, purposeful, holistic, and agile – to effectively lead the organisation to deliver results at the scale and pace required to help the countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The course will enable the UN staff who are aspiring to take on the UN leadership roles to build on a more profound understanding of the paradigmatic shift required by the 2030 Agenda and the changing role of the UN, as well as the new attributes of the leadership positions in the UN to align and harness their own competencies and skills to make the necessary transition into roles of greater responsibility.

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Target audience

UN staff at the P3-P4 levels and equivalent, working on issues related to the UN support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at national, regional and global levels.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will:

  • Strengthen their knowledge of the vision and principles underlying the 2030 Agenda and effective approaches towards its implementation through practical means and mechanisms to sustainable development;
  • Understand the ongoing repositioning of the UN development system, as well as the related UN reform streams, and the implications for the UN work at country, regional and global levels;
  • Have an understanding of their current “starting point” in this process and what competencies, skills and values they will need to develop to move to a leadership role in the repositioned UN system to provide impactful and transformative support to countries on their sustainable development paths;
  • Harness their individual purpose and leadership style as a driver of superior performance for organisational impact;
  • Acquire and build self-awareness and commit to impactful and adaptive sustainable development leadership.