Training on Sustainable Development and Agenda 2030

By Kadir Has University of Istanbul in cooperation with UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

Intermediate level: 18 April 2018 Advanced level: October 2018 (date TBC)


Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals with 169 targets that the UN is committed to working towards through the year 2030 with the hope of creating lasting positive change and freedom in the general areas of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership (see Box below). The purpose of these goals is to create a framework for development programs that will focus on eradicating poverty, hunger, violence, fear, and disease and promoting literacy, equality, human rights, sanitation and hygiene, education, and physical, mental, and social well-being. 


Agenda 2030 and the SDGs reflect a common understanding that economic growth that exacerbates social inequalities and exclusion, ravages natural capital, and is not risk informed or resilient is not sustainable. It is helping private companies, sub-national governments, and civil society—as well as national governments—to find new ways of “thinking globally while acting locally” and “leaving no one behind”, to promote sustainable and human development.

Why this training?

In addition to the implementation of the SDGs, various universities as well as UNITAR have worked to create an initiative to educate learners about the SDGs and how they can contribute to achieving them. Kadir Has University is among the leading Turkish universities offering graduate level courses on sustainable development. The Center for International and European Studies within the university has placed sustainable development among its priority areas and is currently implementing projects to support capacity building efforts on the SDGs.

Coursera is the primary platform where these courses are offered for the general public in the form of online classes with the hope of increasing participation in the work being done towards these goals. Courses offered through the SDG initiative cover one or more of the goals through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

In response to member states’ requests for support in implementing Agenda 2030, the UN Development System in 2016 introduced the “Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support” (MAPS) platform.

MAPS missions undertaken by integrated expert teams from UN agencies have since drafted road maps for national SDG implementation in some two dozen developing countries (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan), with another two-dozen planned for 2018 (including Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Western Balkans), primarily led by UN Development Programme (UNDP). This work has complemented the voluntary national reviews on sustainable development presented by national governments at the UN High Level Political Forum, SDG-oriented human development reports and research papers.

This puts UNDP into a position of sharing practices in supporting countries of the region formulating and implementing SDG Roadmaps. UNDP also has a long history of organizing and supporting training and pedagogy for sustainable development (see the Box below).

In addition to support for national level training, this support has taken the form inter alia of the human development summer school courses organized at the Central European University during 2005-2012, which were organized by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. These annual courses, which were targeted at government officials, academicians, development professionals, private sector, journalists, and students, helped to popularize and operationalize sustainable development concepts in this region.

Box—UNDP Sustainable Human Development Courses in Europe and CIS*

* As of 2013.

 Who is the targeted audience of this training?


CIES NGO Clinique with professional/occupational characteristics of the target audience from the region (CIS countries, Western Balkans and Turkey), including:

  • NGOs and CBOs
  • Development professionals;
  • Other public officials/civil servants;
  • Businesses
  • Students/academicians

In order to apply:https://goo.gl/forms/mHHIXy1Ouir6wUXs1