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

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

This five-week course introduces participants to the different types of private sector entities and demonstrates how strategically engaging with them can help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It introduces participants to tools to identify common objectives to create shared value and emphasises the importance of mitigating risk. The course also reinforces the need for participants to advocate for placing sustainable development at the core of businesses and investing. The five weeks of the course will focus on:

  • Week 1: How partnerships are vital to the 2030 Agenda.
  • Week 2: The role of the private sector in implementing the 2030 Agenda.
  • Week 3: How to pursue partnerships with the private sector: frameworks for action.
  • Week 4: Due Diligence: protecting against reputational risk.
  • Week 5: Engaging with the private sector: way forward

At the end of the 5-weeks, participants will:

  • Benefit from an in-depth understanding of the imperative to engage with the private sector for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the concept of shared value;
  • Understand that the private sector is not a monolithic entity and how it can be engaged at every level, international, national and local.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of frameworks to design and tools to develop partnerships with the private sector;
  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of the importance of due diligence before pursuing engagements;
  • Be able to articulate the need for and advocate for more private sector engagement in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

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