2030 Agenda: Online courses


Courses open to all 

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

Free online coursesThe MOOC on "Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World" is designed to improve the general awareness of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for policy makers and the general public, especially youth. Participants can follow the race at their own pace, and can earn a certificate if they have met the certification requirements.


The next edition, offered in English and Spanish, will be launched in the first quarter of 2019. 

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Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

e-tutorialThe e-tutorial provides an in-depth and wide-ranging guidance on how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in each national strategies and policies. It is based on the UNDG Reference Guide "Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Case studies provide innovative examples of a better practice and a better understanding and useful skills. Although this training has been primarily designed for government officials and the development of practitioners, it is publicly available.

Get access here (Enrolment key: mainstreaming2030)

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Invitation-based Courses


Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda


This e-learning course is developed jointly by UNITAR’s Capacity for the 2030 Agenda Initiative and UN DESA. The main objective of this e-learning course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of government officers to put in place institutional arrangements, systems and processes to ensure the participation of key stakeholders in national SDG reviews. The course consists of three online modules and is complemented by webinars providing course participants with a unique opportunity to learn directly from government officials from the former VNR countries and UN Secretariat representatives.

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The next edition will be launched in early 2019. 




Upcoming Courses

Governance of data ecosystems for monitoring the SDGs

This new facilitated e-learning course is being developed jointly with the UN Statistics Division. The course aims to strengthen statistical capacities of governmental officials. It provides a detailed overview of principles of official statistics, scrutinizes institutional arrangements of data ecosystems and data value chain needed to ensure better-governed ecosystems for monitoring the SDGs. Hands-on exercises using the StaTact tool will help participants immediately apply the acquired knowledge with timely feedback of the facilitator.

The course will be available in the first quarter of 2019. 



Introduction to system dynamics for policy coherence and SDGs 

This facilitated e-learning course is being developed jointly with the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of UNDESA. The course is introductory to the system dynamics highlighting the design and implementation of holistic policies and integrated approaches across the entire spectrum of the SDGs.

The course will be available in the first quarter of 2019.



Increasing data literacy for evidence-based policies in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Agenda 2030 necessitates an unprecedented amount of fit-for-purpose data to ensure accurate monitoring and reporting on the SDGs, and to uptake evidence-based actions towards achieving the Goals. At the same time, the question is whether policy-makers are ready for this surge of data and generally equipped with necessary statistical skills for adequate use of data. To address this, UNITAR with support from donors will be developing an e-learning course aiming to increase data literacy among policy and decision-makers to promote and ensure sound and evidence-based policies in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The course will be available in the first quarter of 2019. 



Leveraging technology to strengthen data availability and use

A new course will be developed by UNITAR to promote technology use for strengthening data collection, production and dissemination. It will be focused on data areas where technology can tap in to boost the availability of data with special attention to the disaggregated data in key SDG areas, as well as to improve the efficiency and accuracy of data processes. 

The course will be available in 2019.