Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector for the 2030 Agenda – 2021


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations System Staff College

Course details

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5 weeks
6 hours per week
Start date
10 May 2021
End date
11 June 2021
Registration deadline
9 April 2021

Course summary

This course introduces participants to the different types of private sector entities and demonstrates how strategically engaging with these entities can help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

About this course

Registrations open from 10 February to 10 April

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is unprecedented in its scope and ambition. The UN and governments have neither the reach nor the resources to implement it alone. Engagement, especially with the private sector, is imperative for the 2030 Agenda to succeed.

The private sector with its unparalleled reach has the capacity to be a key driver to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and in some cases is already performing this role. The UN and its member states must seize the opportunity to form strategic partnerships with private sector entities and advocate for businesses to embrace sustainable development in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Moreover, the 2030 Agenda offers the private sector numerous opportunities to access new markets and institutional investment, estimated at about $12 trillion by 2030 while adding 380 million new jobs. This in itself is a compelling argument for the private sector and governments to work together to make the 2030 Agenda a reality.

Target audience

UN staff, especially partnership specialists and officers. Development practitioners from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the need to engage with the private sector for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  • Demonstrate familiarity with frameworks and tools to develop partnerships with the private sector
  • Appreciate the importance of due diligence before pursuing engagement
  • Acquire the ability to articulate the need for and advocate for enhanced private sector engagement in achieving the 2030 Agenda