The scale and ambition of the new agenda requires a revitalised global partnership to ensure its implementation, bringing together governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors.

This advanced training programme on UN-Private Sector Partnerships focuses on the imperatives for partnership development in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change. The training programme ultimately aims at establishing a network amongst participants, offering them an opportunity to initiate the exploration of partnering opportunities.



Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Articulate the critical importance of UN-private sector partnerships in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change;
  • Explain the key elements that define and guide partnerships for the United Nations and the private sector and what motivates and guides their partnership engagements;
  • Appreciate the UN’s role in supporting the active involvement of the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change;
  • Understand what is needed to make it attractive for the private sector to partner with the UN and for the UN to partner with the private sector;
  • Describe what the UN and private sector need to change and/or strengthen to be able to attract and sustain partnerships among themselves;
  • Be able to draw on a network of practitioners that is available to explore opportunities, share experience and knowledge, and cross-fertilise each other’s work.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The programme builds on different learning methodologies during three complementary stages: a self-paced online component, a face-to-face workshop focused on practice and application; and a closing webinar to discuss a case study developed by participants, the application of the learning to their work and initiate the exploration of partnering opportunities.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Part 1: Online Component – Key Substantive Building Blocks
    • Introduce the two sides (UN and private sector) to each other, core principles of partnership building as well as related conceptual frameworks;
    • Introduce key plays from a UN system and private sector perspective, including UN Global Compact networks.
  • Part 2: Face-to-face Workshop – Key Building Blocks
    • Day 1:
      1. Introduction
      2. The context and imperative for partnering – Why? How? Who?
      3. The UN Global Compact
    • Day 2:
      1. The Partnering Cycle
      2. UN-Business Partnerships Models
    • Day 3:
      1. Telling a Convincing Story
      2. Bringing it all together
      3. What next?
  • Part 3: Closing Webinar
    The webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the case study on partnership developed by participants and take stock of the application of the learning from the course into the work of the participants.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff and private sector representatives, interested partnership practitioners from other spheres (Philanthropic Foundations, Civil Society Organisations, Academia, etc.) and those who work on and/or are interested in stepping up their capacity, knowledge and skills to build partnerships.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee covers the following:

  • Online training and three days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises;
  • Exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues;
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course.

Certificates of Attendance from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the training programme.

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