Annual Report: Transformation through knowledge is the way forward

2016 marked another exciting year of growth and innovation worth celebrating for the United Nations System Staff College. We expanded our reach into new geographies, and reached new frontiers for learning and advisory services dedicated to building capacity in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our learning initiatives (including residential courses, distance-learning, strategic exchanges and seminars), knowledge products, and advisory services now reach more than 10,000 UN staff and partner representatives worldwide each year.

To remain relevant, effective and impactful the UN system needs to transform by adopting new ways of working. Since the 2030 Agenda is now the overarching framework guiding the work of the entire international community, we believe that disseminating knowledge and expertise by leveraging relevant, engaging and contemporary methods will not only enable the development of capacity within the UN but also support Member States in implementing the transformative 2030 Agenda.

In 2016, we proudly inaugurated our new Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany. The Centre quickly positioned itself as one of the key learning and training outfits for sustainable development within the UN system. The Centre integrates knowledge across UN agency mandates, fosters inter-agency coherence and strengthens dialogue within and beyond the UN system, while facilitating transformative learning in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We also continued to build on our unique position as the only UN organization mandated to provide inter-agency learning, training and knowledge sharing, and worked towards boosting our potential to act as a change agent for the entirety of the UN system. Efforts in this respect revolved around our UN Laboratory for Organizational Change and Knowledge (UNLOCK) initiative. UNLOCK provides a comprehensive set of learning interventions and advisory services designed to promote a culture of change and innovation across the UN system.

We worked very hard in 2016 to maximize the power of learning and knowledge as a conduit to boost the ability of the UN and partners to adapt to the new 2030 landscape. We will continue in 2017 and beyond, because transformation through knowledge is the way forward.

Thank you.

Jafar Javan
UNSSC Director


Annual report 2016: Interactive version

Annual report 2015: Interactive version