Toward a Global Ethics in Achieving the SDGs


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Course details

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5 months
3-5 hours per week
350 USD
Start date
7 July 2020
End date
11 November 2020
Registration deadline
7 July 2020

Course summary

This is an online course that will assist decision-makers in fostering the character traits and developing the durable skills necessary for SDG Leadership.

About this course

“Toward a Global 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, we 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*.

Participants will engage in oral and written presentations to strengthen self-leadership, ethical leadership, ethical conflict resolution in team leadership, transdisciplinary leadership as well as other forms of shared or distributed leadership in the 21st century.

*In accordance with the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)·


The certificate programme will be comprised of three units. We will deliver the units online in an interactive, blended learning experience that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. Participants will participate in the course via the Zoom online platform. The general structure of each unit will consist of three segments:

– Short videos/lectures by the instructor;

– Instructor-led exercises or case study reviews; and

– Team collaboration on Human-Centered Design projects.

Assessment: Upon successful completion of the three units of the course, attendees will be summatively assessed and awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Our three-part blended-learning certificate programme will teach individuals how to lead from a foundation of ethical leadership. Our course will differ from other ethical leadership courses in that it will be grounded in the context of the targets of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although the curriculum will touch a variety of the SDGs, the focus will be on those goals that address gender equality, resource development, and Indigenous rights. At the end of the course, attendees will have a better understanding of their own ethics while also learning the tools and techniques for applying their values in a team, community, and global setting.


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Target audience

This course is designed to assist individuals looking to further the development of their leadership knowledge and decision-making skills in relation to the achievement of targets of relevant SDGs, including delegates, mid to senior-level officials. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work in leadership studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.


Learning objectives

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

  1. Develop personal frameworks for evaluating ethical issues and conflicts by exposing participants to the different approaches taken by various current leaders and espoused by seminal theorists/scholars in sustainable development.
  2. Enhance understanding of the role of multiple individuals in loosely-structured teams, with particular emphasis on the relation of ethical leadership to the achievement of targets of Gender Equality through: (a) cross-cultural competencies; (b) interpersonal, group and social integration skills; and (c) network thinking.
  3. Reflect on the implications of fundamental values commitments to the co-creation of a world where all citizens live well and within the limits of the planet with a focus on Global Goals. 6, 7, 8, 12 &13.