[2018] Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

Monday, 23 April 2018 - 10:00pm to Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 6:00am


The Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs is intended to provide policymakers in central and local government and policy shapers in the private sector and civil society with the concepts and tools for mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs through their work.  
The executive course takes place as the 2030 agenda enters the third year of its 15 years of implementation. During the 2017 high-level political forum on sustainable development, which was under the overarching theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” 43 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF, with Goals 1, 2. 3, 5, 9 and 14 (and 17) under in-depth review, whereas 22 had done so in 2016, including the Republic of Korea.  In 2018, the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF — taking place on 9-18 July) will review progress towards the 2030 agenda under the overarching theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" with Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 15 Life on Land) in addition to SDG 17 (means of implementation and the global partnership). Some 48 countries will present their progress towards the 2030 Agenda with a focus on the above SDGs during the voluntary national reviews (VNRs).  The work of the HLPF will serve as a backdrop to the course, while also focusing on implementing Agenda 2030 through the daily work of the participating policymakers and policy shapers.  



Concepte Note



Formal Opening

Formal Opening

Mr. Jong-Soo Yoon​ (Head, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development)

Welcome Address

Mr. Keewon Hong​ (Ambassador, International Relations, Incheon Metropolitan City)

Statement from Mr. LIU Zhenmin​, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - delivered by

​Mr. Mario Tuason​ (Chief, Capacity Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

Outline of Course

​Mr. Jean D’Aragon​ (Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD)


Day 1 (April 23, 2018)

Module 1: ​Overview of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs


Module 2​: SDG Goal 6 - “Clean Water and Sanitation”  ​


Day 2 (April 24, 2018)

Module 3​: SDG 15 – “Life on Land” 

  • "SDG 15 - Life on Land" - Dr. ​Tetsuro Yoshida​ (Research Manager​, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan)


Module 4​: SDG 11 – “Sustainable Cities and Communities”


Day 3 (April 25, 2018)

Module 5​: SDG 12 – “Sustainable Consumption and Production” 


Day 4 (April 26, 2018)

Module 6​: SDG 7 – “Affordable and Clean Energy” 

  • "SDG 7 Module" - ​Mr. Michael Williamson​ (Section Chief, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)


Module 7​: SDG 17 – “Partnership for the Goals”


Day 5 (April 27, 2018)

Module 8: ​SDG 13 – Climate Action 

  • "SDG 13: Climate Action" - Mr. Tae Yong Jung (Professor, Yonsei University, South Korea)
  • Dr. Jennifer Lenhart​ (Project Manager, One Planet Cities at Världsnaturfonden WWF / WWF Sweden)


Module 9: The Way Forward for the 2030 Agenda


Formal Closing

Module 10:​ Concluding Plenary

Formal Closure 

Mr. Jong-Soo Yoon (Head, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development) 



Information Note 

Substantive Report

List of Participants (Updated as of April 30, 2018)



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