Sustainable Development Goals and Global Agenda: Vision and Key Opportunities

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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. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the Agenda 2030. It gives a historical overview of how Agenda 2030 came into being. SDGs and their structure will be reviewed in detail. The course will look into particular examples of SDGs implementation and real-world case studies.

The course is designed to contribute to continuing personal and professional development. Participants will improve their ethical compass and explore positive social and/or environmental impact through collective action and macro-level thinking. Participants will learn about best practices within a shared global framework. Participants will also develop a deeper understanding of basic standards of wellbeing and human rights conceptions.


  • Short Course
  • Online
  • 2 hours per Module
  • 5 weeks Duration
  • Self-paced


CIFAL Office

University Drive, Global Engagement & Partnerships Division,
Callaghan Campus
NSW 2308, Australia
[email protected]


Course Content

This course enables participants to develop an understanding of SDGs as a global framework and its implications. It explains the Agenda 2030 and how SDGs were developed. The course introduces key stakeholders and explains why the UN needs various organisation all over the world to implement and achieve SDGs. It explores the value of positive SDGs outcome by presenting case studies.

Topics include:

  • UNITAR and CIFAL Newcastle
  • Millennium Development Goals track
  • Sustainable development track
  • Stakeholders’ contributions to the Post-2015 process
  • Unwrapping SDGs
  • The Principles of the 2030 Agenda
  • Inclusive Economic Growth for Poverty Eradication (SDG8)
  • SDG 5 (Gender Equality) from the perspective of private businesses, the UN and academic institutions
  • Additional recourses
  • Future learning opportunities

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Be able to identify the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recognize interlinkages
  3. Interpret the principles of the 2030 Agenda and how they apply to your country or region
  4. Identify the point of convergence between the MDG and sustainable development tracks in the Post-2015 process, and define the key reasons behind this convergence
  5. Describe main features and timeline of the post-2015 process, and list key stakeholders who provided inputs into the negotiations
  6. Learn to discuss concrete SDGs and how to link them with both public and private organizations
  7. Analyze specific case studies
  8. Evaluate your knowledge
  9. Identify further learning opportunities and resources
  10. Define opportunities for partnering with the UN system

Course Materials

Additional readings and video materials will be provided within the course.