Learning for a Better World: the UNSSC 2019 Annual Report

Learning for a Better World: the UNSSC 2019 Annual Report

UNSSC: A centre of excellence.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is a centre of excellence that offers learning to further a basic, yet fundamental goal: fostering a world where everyone thrives in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.

A place where creative problem-solving thrives.

UNSSC has played an integral role in putting learning and training at the service of UN system mandates to create a more sustainable, just and equitable world.

Our learning methodologies combine academic research with UN practical experience, a combination that fosters deep critical thinking and creative problem solving.

UNSSC spurs learning participants to collaborate across the UN system to break down organizational and functional silos. Participants from civil society, academia, the private sector, and other actors learn alongside UN personnel – leading to a vibrant crafting of new solutions.

Focus Areas.

In 2019, UNSSC was guided by its Strategic Plan 2018–2021. The plan calls for UNSSC to deliver state-of-the-art learning solutions so that the UN System and its wide array of partners are well-equipped to:

Advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda is the most ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet agenda ever adopted by UN Member States. It requires the UN system and partners – civil society, academia, the private sector and others – to work across sectors, strengthening and expanding partnerships in which collaboration and synergy are key. Indeed, the 2030 Agenda is the boldest agenda for humanity.


Build and Sustain Peace

Connected to the 2030 Agenda are the twin resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, which call for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to enhancing the skills and capacities of societies not only to address the root causes of conflict, but also to build and sustain peace through non-violent means.


Pursue Management Reform

Both the 2030 Agenda and the twin resolutions on peacebuilding and sustaining peace require changes in how the United Nations responds to these mandates as an organization. UN personnel need a new set of knowledge and competencies to manage for results in order to meet today’s complex and interlinked challenges.