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The Foundational Primer on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also known as the SDG Primer, aims to establish a common base of understanding and approach for the UN system in supporting the 2030 Agenda. It is primarily meant to inform, in broad terms, the programmes and actions of all UN entities, including their engagement with government and civil society partners.

This course was developed by the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) which unites the 40 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies, departments and offices that play a role in development. The UN Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) is the secretariat of the UNSDG, bringing together the UN development system to promote change and innovation to deliver results together on sustainable development.

Course contents

The SDG Primer is hosted on the UNSSC Blueline platform. It comprises of the following:

  • The SDG Primer Online Module (3-hours)
  • Assessment Quiz

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of both of the above. Note this certified course on the SDG Primer is currently only available for UN staff. If you are not employed by the UN, you can still access the SDG Primer (without a certificate) at sdgprimer.un.org.

Target audience

UN staff at all levels, working in any UN agency and any country.

Registration/ enrollment

This online course is free and self-paced, currently open until 31 December 2021.

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