UN Summer Academy



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United Nations System Staff College

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5 days
1250 USD
Start date
24 August 2020
End date
28 August 2020
Registration deadline
9 August 2020

About this course

Leveraging the presence of 20 UN entities as well as various leading international development institutions based in Bonn, the UN Summer Academy provides participants with unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. The Summer Academy facilitates and fosters dialogue with thought and action leaders who are currently working towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. As the world community prepares to celebrate 75 years of the UN, the 2020 UN Summer Academy will focus on the theme chosen for the UN General Assembly commemoration meeting, ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’.

Participants will discuss approaches to reporting and stakeholder engagement at local, regional and international levels with a view to identifying synergies and building new partnerships that incorporate lessons learnt so far and actively build upon that learning. The academy combines academic rigour with cutting-edge thinking, builds on renowned faculty and is open to professionals from all sectors. Through experiential learning methodologies, participants explore transformative approaches required for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and share concrete examples and practices from diverse country contexts and stakeholder perspectives.

Thanks to the generous support of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, this course is offered at a reduced price of $1,250.

Course Methodology

Recognizing that transformative learning cannot take place through classical chalk and talk lectures, the UN Summer Academy is designed using experiential learning methodologies that combine panel discussions featuring high-level speakers with interactive opportunities for knowledge exchange and experience sharing. By leveraging the presence of 20 UN entities as well as various leading institutions in international development based in Bonn, the Summer Academy provides participants with unparalleled networking and learning opportunities.

A Share Fair is an important element of the Summer Academy – aimed at providing participants with a platform to engage with different organizations and showcase the work of their own organizations to an international audience.

By engaging in a full-day excursion in the wider region of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, participants explore a real-life project that exemplifies concrete sustainable development practices at the local level.

Application-oriented workshops known as ‘App Labs’ provide participants with opportunities to apply the concepts learnt and engage in peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange, thus benefiting from a wide range of experiences and perspectives from diverse stakeholders.

Course Contents

The UN Summer Academy introduces conceptual approaches underpinning the notion of sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. App Lab sessions on different aspects of sustainable development offer participants the opportunity to explore specific aspects of sustainable development.

The 2020 UN Summer Academy will focus on examining the context and the tasks facing the UN in its 75th year. It will interrogate the role of the UN and of multilateralism in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Panel discussions, plenary sessions and other interactive exercises will recognize the critical need for multi-stakeholder partnerships and shared ownership of the vision as well as coherent and synergistic actions at local, regional and international levels by a broad range of development actors in partnership to achieve sustainable development for all.

Cost of participation

The course fee of $1,250 USD covers the following:

  • Five days of training, including a full-day excursion to a sustainable development project.
  • Exclusive access to a UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance at the Summer Academy.

Certificates from the United Nations System Staff College will be awarded to participants who attend the Summer Academy.

To learn more about the UN Summer Academy and its previous editions, click here.


Target audience

UN staff, national and local government representatives, civil society representatives, academics, private sector representatives, as well as a select number of master’s and post-graduate students.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the UN Summer Academy, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the key notions underpinning the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of the key challenges and opportunities facing the multilateral development system and key actions at global and local levels to drive the future we want.
  • Have benefitted from unparalleled networking opportunities, and demonstrate an increased awareness of the role of different development partners;
  • Have received first-hand exposure to good practices in the area of sustainable development at the local level.