The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The process of implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of the Agenda involves individuals, governments, institutions and organizations of all kinds, often working on several goals simultaneously. Effective collaboration, coordination and planning is vital. We can learn much from the successes and failures of previous UN goals and from the current work of our peers in varying country contexts around the globe.
This course provides a unique opportunity to learn from a diversity of regional perspectives, share examples of best practices and experiences, and develop policy and programming ideas for action at local, national, regional and global levels. You’ll explore issues such as:
- SDG tensions, trade-offs and synergies, with a particular focus on reducing inequalities and accelerating sustainability
- Key challenges and opportunities for action to accelerate progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the regional and national level
- How to link local perspectives with national policy and planning processes and ensure we meet the SDG commitment to ‘Leave no one behind’
- Latest trends in the mobilization of financial resources and other means of implementation (trade, technology) internationally, nationally and locally
- How regional and South-South cooperation is evolving to support of the 2030 Agenda
- Types of partnerships that are being formed at the regional level and how they could be replicated across regions
- Monitoring and evaluation, i.e. the case for local surveys as well as national and global monitoring, in relation to the needs for mobilizing support as well as holding governments and other stakeholders accountable.
To share and learn from real-life contemporary country experiences of the SDGS and other UN goals, adding focused economic and social analysis of key issues and earlier historical experience and evaluation of efforts to implement UN goals.
Who should attend?
The course is suited to all those working towards achieving the SDGs. It is particularly relevant mid- and senior-level professionals working in government, UN agencies, and country nationals from civil society and non-government organisations who have an interest in maximising the collaboration and coordination for successful implementation of the SDGS.
How you’ll learn
The course combines seminars delivered by leading international experts, peer learning group work and presentations on key technical areas with time for critical reflection. There is an emphasis on sharing country experiences, adding focused economic and social analysis of key issues and earlier historical experience and evaluation of efforts to implement UN goals. We ensure there is as much opportunity as possible to work with and learn from each other.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- understand better what is needed to build up commitment and momentum towards implementing the SDGs in your country or locality
- understand better the priorities needed in national and international policy and macro-economic issues for sustained support of the SDGs
- assess the challenges of resource mobilisation for SDG implementation, and understand how different financial models and sources can provide solutions
- more confidently argue the case for SDG support from donors and UN agencies
- have a sharper understanding of the synergies and tensions between different goals and how a more ‘joined up’ approach can be brought into policy-making and action.
Core teaching team
Carlos Fortin is an IDS Research Associate and political scientist with special interest in the political economy of globalisation. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and previously Director of Programmes of the South Commission in Geneva. He is currently working on the relationship between the emerging international trade regime and human rights.
Sir Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate at IDS. He was the second Director of IDS from 1972-81 and then from 1982-95 Deputy Executive Director for Programmes of UNICEF, with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General. From 1996-2000, he was the Special Adviser to the Administrator of UNDP and Principal Coordinator of the widely acclaimed Human Development Report, overseeing reports on a human development approach to growth, poverty, consumption, globalization and human rights.
Stephany Griffith-Jones is an economist specialising in international finance and development, with emphasis on reform of the international financial system, specifically in relation to financial regulation, global governance and international capital flows. She is currently an Emeritus Fellow at IDS and financial markets director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue in New York. She has held the position of deputy director of International Finance at the Commonwealth Secretariat and has worked at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and in the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published over 20 books and written many scholarly and journalistic articles.
Philip Mader is Research Fellow in the IDS Business, Markets and the State research cluster, and has over eight years’ research and consulting experience in the field of international development. His research areas include political economy, finance and development, youth employment, management of public goods, financialisation, financial inclusion and financial literacy, and private governance and standards.
The course is taught in English. To derive the maximum benefit from the course, you should be proficient in English and able to take an active part in discussions. Your English needs to be of an intermediate standard or higher. Ideally you will have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, or a Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) score of B2 or above.
The course costs £1,550.
Fees include lunches and refreshments, two evening group dinners, and course materials. It does not include accommodation.
Once you have received confirmation that your application has been approved, the fee must be paid in full before the course commences.
We are pleased offer one bursary for IDS alumni. This single award, funded by IDS, is in the form of a 20 per cent course fee discount. It is subject to terms and conditions, and will be offered to one applicant on a first-come first-served basis. Please indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for this bursary.
How to apply
The application procedure is a three-stage process:Stage 1: Apply by completing the online application form. Deadline for applications is 29 July 2019. The course code is BM/18017.
Stage 2: You will be notified within one month as to whether your application has been approved or not. Successful applicants will receive the Stage 2 application form and an invoice for the course fee. Places on the course are not guaranteed until fees have been received.
Stage 3: Once fees have been received, you will be sent confirmation of your place on the course and a letter to support your visa application (if required).
You are responsible for organising your own travel and visas (where needed). Please note that UK visa applications can take months to process. Information about local accommodation will be provided by the course coordinator once your fees have been processed. A limited number of study bedrooms at IDS are available for rent on a first come first served basis.