Introduction 

We live in a technologically advanced world, spending more than a third of our lives in front of a screen, connected with people and places across the planet - witnesses to the escalating catastrophes caused by environmental degradation and wealth inequality. Despite the power technology affords us, despite the heatwaves and hurricanes, and despite the growing alarm, we are not yet harnessing the full potential of digital technologies to make our world more sustainable, equitable and peaceful. Governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals have choices to make in harnessing and managing new technologies to safeguard the environment and human freedoms.  

  

The Digital4Sustainability E-Learning Path explores the transformational role digital solutions and innovations can play in advancing environmental and social sustainability. In particular, how can the green transition be powered by digital technologies, and how can the digital transition be green ? 

 

Target Audience 

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path is open to anyone who is curious to explore the answers to “what is the role digital technologies can play in advancing sustainable outcomes and what steps will be needed to get us there?”  

 

Objectives 

Upon successful completion of the learning path, participants will understand: 

 

  • Key concepts, including digitalization, digital transformation, and digital sustainability 

  • The role of digital transformation in countering the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution  

  • How to leverage the potential of digital transformation in advancing sustainability using a systems approach  

  • The negative impacts of digital transformation and how to mitigate them to ensure it is inherently sustainable. 

 

Methodology 

There are four modules in this course which will be released successively during 2022-2023: 

  1. Module 1: An Introduction to Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development (now open)  

  1. Module 2: Digital Sustainability for Climate Action (releasing spring 2023) 

  1. Module 3: Digital Sustainability for Nature Protection (releasing summer 2023) 

  1. Module 4: Digital Sustainability for Pollution Prevention (releasing fall 2023) 

Each module requires 3-4 hours of time and can be completed asynchronously following a self-paced learning method.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the UN System Staff College and the UN Environment Programme for each module they complete. 

 

Enrollment and cost of participation 

The Digital Sustainability Learning Path is free of charge. However, the number of places is limited so it is important enroll as soon as possible. Sign-up here:
https://www.unssc.org/courses/digital4sustainability-learning-path

 

Collaborators 

The Digital4Sustainability Learning pathway has been developed through a joint partnership by UNEP and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) in collaboration with GIZ, the EU, the Coalition for (Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) and the Office of the UN Technology Envoy. The content has been inspired by the CODES Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age. 

 

Any questions can be directed to sustainable-development@unssc.org

Comments (34)

Richard T Jordan
Richard T Jordan

David, UNDP facilitates certificates for some of its courses, would it be possible for those who complete the training to obtain something similar? I could provide a reference to a current course offering, but Learning for Nature is the course title.

Heiko Thimm
Heiko Thimm

Dear David and team, thanks very much for this initiative. I guess/hope that some modules will address the close link between Environmental Mgmt. Systems (EMS) (e.g. EMAS) and corporate digital sustainability (incl. success stories). We (university) could probably provide some input on the digitalization of corporate environmental compliance management which is an important subarea of EMS.
All the best, Heiko

David Jensen
David Jensen

Hi Heiko - at the moment, the relationship between EMS and digital sustainability is not covered in the course. However, the course has been designed to be agile and easily edited. This is certainly something we can add - if the feedback indicates this is a major gap for entry-level content.

Richard T Jordan
Richard T Jordan

In terms of EMS, perhaps we know about the System of Environmental Accounting prepared over about 7-8 years through the UN Statistics Division and presented about 1 year ago at the annual session of the UN Statistical Commission. This might be one idea.

Pablo Gámez Cersosimo
Pablo Gámez Cersosimo

A much needed course, congratulations David. With the desire to start it and delve into the environmental impact of our digital models. Looking forward!

Martin Hullin
Martin Hullin

Great Initiative David, just enrolled! By the way, we'll also have learning content ready in mid-2023 related to data governance & sharing frameworks (sandboxes for data) in context of decarbonisation and sustainability pathways.

Richard T Jordan
Richard T Jordan

OK, I have completed the introduction and am 6% finished; however, I cannot resume the course, I keep receiving the ability only to take the Introduction. I have sent an email to s.kakkar -- anything else I should do??

Richard T Jordan
Richard T Jordan

At 5:11 PM East Coast time in the US, I downloaded my certificate. Am I the first to finish the course? 2 hours 45 minutes, too engaged to come up for air. Congratulations, an outstanding learning experience.

Richard T Jordan
Richard T Jordan

David, I have one extremely important suggestion for consideration: there is one turn-around image that leads to the questionnaire for the Digital Global Compact. I could not fill the entire form out, since there is for each area a 2500 word limit, so I went forward with the rest of the class. Could that opportunity to provide input on the Global Digital Compact be added somewhere on the CODES site itself?? Or can we go back and fill that in. But that would require a great deal of searching. Thanks much!! Richard J.

David Jensen
David Jensen

Hi Richard - great idea. Yes we can add it directly into the CODES website and promote it in the newsletter. I will ask Polina Koroleva and shivam kishore to do the needful. Thanks

Kay Poh Gek Vasey
Kay Poh Gek Vasey

Hello! I clicked on the "now open" link numerous times but can't seem to find the actual content to study. Please can someone direct me to where the learning resources are? Thanks so much.

Kay Poh Gek Vasey
Kay Poh Gek Vasey

Thanks so much - I was able to access the content finally. I realise that after successfully registering for the course, I had missed the email regarding the 'UNKampus30' login at https://elounge.unssc.org/login/?lang=en. Once I logged in and changed my password, I was able to access the content and have now completed module 1!

Kenyatta Mirindi
Kenyatta Mirindi

For some of us it seems to be impossible to gain access to the content of this course despite of multiple attempts. From end user perspective I presume there is a gap in the existing system and if any, a traceability matrix should be carry out in order to identify what is wrong and if possible the existing gap can still be solve. I believe the system should be able to work for every one...

Kenyatta Mirindi
Kenyatta Mirindi

Thank you Sajit. All done. Can I suggest an additional functionality in the existing platform if there isn't any. An example of this; can be a form of a survey templet written at the end of each course (For the system only). I presume that any feedback from end users will help to support the iteration, therefore performance efficiency.


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