SDG Primer E-Course

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes a paradigm shift. It requires understanding and articulating a narrative around the meaning and value of sustainable development, how the Sustainable Development Goals interrelate across various sectors, and what it will take to achieve them.

The SDG Primer resulted from a collaborative effort undertaken under the United Nations Sustainable Development Group that assembled the most relevant thinking and insights around key global and national SDG-related challenges. It has been developed with the support of UNSSC, UNITAR, SDSN, and UNDCO.

The SDG Primer lays out the:

  • Urgency of action required by all actors in all countries;
  • Foundational characteristics of this universal and integrated framework;
  • Specific actions we can all take to better support countries and governments.

It should take approximately 3 hours to complete the SDG Primer.

The course is available in two languages: English and Arabic.

Target Audience

General audience: Anyone who is interested in or working on the SDGs is welcome to join!

Learning Objectives

At the end of the SDG Primer,

  • learners will have the ability and will to act decisively and realize the Agenda’s transformative vision remain elusive;
  • learners will learn how the SDG framework can help countries reframe challenges in their contexts, analyse connections across goals and sectors, design innovative solutions that manage and harness these connections, and chart transformative pathways to development systems that are sustainable and resilient to future uncertainties;
  • learners will learn how the SDGs come to life through their primary implementing agents: national governments, the signatories of the 2030 Agenda;
  • learners will learn some vital points of connection and opportunities for collaboration, covering key actors and their roles.


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