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This course by the UN System Staff College explores ways to uncover system interconnections and foster integration across the Sustainable Development Goals, against a backdrop of political economy analysis. It explores the concept of systems thinking, as well as a cross-organizational and cross-sectoral policy coherence at the national, regional and international levels. It aims at equipping participants with an understanding of why a focus on system interconnections is key for achieving sustainable development, what coherent policymaking entails, and what are some specific tools, mechanisms and approaches that can be employed to foster both.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be better able to:  

  • Describe the vision and principles underlying the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the evolution of the concept of policy coherence for sustainable development; 
  • Recognize systems thinking as a framework of thought, and its importance when dealing with complexity;   
  • Explain the relevance of policy coherence as an approach and a tool to achieve sustainable development outcomes; 
  • Use specific tools, mechanisms and approaches that can be employed to foster systems thinking and policy coherence for sustainable development, including partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Target Audience

UN staff, government representatives, development practitioners as well as members of civil society, the private sector, academia and foundations.    

Cost of Participation


Dates: 12 June - 14 July 2023
Deadline for enrollment: 12 May 2023
Location: Online

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