Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

The course introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals and introduces how to mainstream the SDGs

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About this course

The course introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals for optimal understanding of UNITAR's goals and objectives.


The Sustainable Development Goals course guides learners through a multi-part course to share amongst colleagues, friends and family, for effective mainstreaming of the SDGs.

What you'll learn

  • Meet the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Bangladesh Case Study

Course Content

  • Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

    This lesson introduces and explains the background of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Lesson Excerpts

    • Do you know all the SDGs?

    • Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) is our mantra. The key objectives within this mantra are: - Inclusion - Pro-Equity - Pro-Equality

      Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) is our mantra. The key objectives within this mantra are: - Inclusion - Pro-Equity - Pro-Equality
    • The MDGs were designed by UN staff under the leadership of Secretary-General Kofi Annan .

  • Exploring the SDGs - Leave No One Behind

    This lesson explains the inclusive and participatory approach within the SDGs and the role of evaluation.

    Lesson Excerpts

    • We should look at the SDGs as a network of targets working together to reach a unified goal. This is sometimes called "policy coherence" or "synergies and trade-offs".

      We should look at the SDGs as a network of targets working together to reach a unified goal. This is sometimes called
    • The universal sustainable development agenda, as well as equity-focused projects and evaluations involves working with difficult-to-reach groups such as...

      The universal sustainable development agenda, as well as equity-focused projects and evaluations involves working with difficult-to-reach groups such as...
    • The Inter-Agency and Expert Group (IAEG) classifies indicators based on their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level. This is continually reviewed.

  • Mainstreaming the SDGs

    Let’s take a look at how to mainstream the SDGs widely and effectively.

    Lesson Excerpts

    • Building public awareness and engaging national, sub-national and local stakeholders is an essential step for successful implementation of the SDGs.

      Building public awareness and engaging national, sub-national and local stakeholders is an essential step for successful implementation of the SDGs.
    • A crucial part of implementing the SDGs is forming partnerships with the business sector.

      A crucial part of implementing the SDGs is forming partnerships with the business sector.
    • Creating multi-stakeholder strategies

  • Mainstreaming the SDGs - Policy Coherence

    This lesson introduces policy coherence strategies followed be a relevant case study to demonstrate how they can be put into practice.

    Lesson Excerpts

    • Horizontal Policy Coherence: Bhutan Case Study A good example of horizontal policy coherence is the Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) Commission.

      Horizontal Policy Coherence: Bhutan Case Study A good example of horizontal policy coherence is the Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) Commission.
    • Vertical Policy Coherence: Uganda Case Study Here, technical staff were trained in local governments and undertook extensive quality-assurance to draft sub-national plans to facilitate alignment with the National Development Plan and SDGs.

      Vertical Policy Coherence: Uganda Case Study Here, technical staff were trained in local governments and undertook extensive quality-assurance to draft sub-national plans to facilitate alignment with the National Development Plan and SDGs.
    • Budgeting for the Future: Philippines Case study The Philippines initiated an assessment of how the SDGs can be mainstreamed into their budgeting process through existing public financial management reforms, such as the medium-term expenditure framework and performance-based budgeting.

      Budgeting for the Future: Philippines Case study The Philippines initiated an assessment of how the SDGs can be mainstreamed into their budgeting process through existing public financial management reforms, such as the medium-term expenditure framework and performance-based budgeting.

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Selected Review

"Learning about the Sustainable Development Goals has really opened my eyes to just how important UNITAR's work is and what we are reaching towards for the future."

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