About UN System Staff College
Based in Turin (Italy), the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) is a UN system organization dedicated to offering knowledge and learning services to United Nations personnel for more than a decade, reaching on average 7,000 alumni across the globe each year. Through its programmes and services, the UNSSC can assist UN organizations and their staff to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the global challenges faced by the UN.
Created by the General Assembly to improve the UN system’s effectiveness, the UNSSC is in the unique position to act as an agent of change and innovation from within the system itself by helping to build a more effective and responsive team of leaders and a more cohesive management culture. We believe that by learning as one and by sharing knowledge, UN staff become better equipped to deliver as one unified and coherent system, rather than as a fragmented body of institutions with different mandates.
As a “centre of excellence” for learning and training, the College plays a prominent role in promoting a common culture based on effectiveness, expertise and continuous learning through the development, coordination and provision of cross-cutting learning and training programmes to staff of UN agencies, funds and programmes.
With support from the Federal Government of Germany, on 1 January 2016 the Staff College opened the “Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development” in Bonn to build the capacity of UN staff and partners in the area of sustainable development, so that they can effectively support Member States in implementing the “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that has been adopted in September 2015.
The Knowledge Centre supports the policy and operational work of the UN by developing learning tools, platforms for interaction and a complete set of learning offerings. It also serves as a catalyst and convener of dialogue and knowledge sharing on sustainable development between UN staff and a diverse set of stakeholders from academia, the private sector and civil society.
Several learning events organized by the Knowledge Centre will be open to a non-UN audience to enhance partnerships for sustainable development, and to support national ownership of the development agenda.