Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector for the 2030 Agenda (Second Edition)


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations System Staff College

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5 weeks
Start date
31 August 2020
End date
2 October 2020
Registration deadline
31 July 2020

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

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.

Course Methodology

UNSSC online courses are designed to deliver maximum learning outcomes through optimal time investments into carefully chosen high-quality learning materials. Specially tailored to the needs of the professional interested in developing skills to advance their career or deepening their knowledge on a particular subject matter, our facilitated online courses combine self-paced study modules with applied learning components such as case studies, interactive exercises and collaborative group work.

Participants also benefit from live moderated webinars which feature valuable inputs from renowned subject matter experts, and allow real-time dialogue with the high-level speakers. Webinar recordings are also made available to ensure that participants have a flexible and seamless learning experience.

A competent facilitator guides and assists the participants all along the course, and provides real-time feedback on activities and exercises. Our user-friendly social online learning platform provides participants with the opportunity to connect with peers from diverse organizational backgrounds, fostering peer-to-peer learning.

While being interactive and participatory, UNSSC online courses give learners the opportunity to complete activities when it best fits their schedule. Participants are largely free to determine their own weekly study plan. Lasting five weeks and demanding six hours of dedication a week, UNSSC online courses incorporate the same high academic rigour as any UNSSC face-to-face programme.

Course Contents

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.

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:

  • 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.