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Integrating Knowledge and Capacity Development for the SDGs (Bonn Programme)

  • Project from: 2019 to 2021


The work programme of the UNRISD Bonn office aims to create new interagency collaborations and further enhance synergies between research and learning activities—simultaneously maximizing the uptake and impact of evidence-based analysis and knowledge production on the social dimensions of sustainable development, and contributing to training and capacity development of the highest possible quality and relevance.

Background and context


With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, national governments and their development partners in the UN system, civil society and the private sector have embarked on an ambitious pathway of transformative change which requires profound shifts in thinking, policies and practice. These policy and decision makers need the best possible knowledge and evidence base for their efforts to combat contemporary challenges and achieve more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development outcomes.

One way that UNRISD seeks to contribute to evidence-based implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs is through the uptake and use of our research findings and analysis in training and capacity development. Because we don’t have this mandate ourselves, we seek collaborations with other entities that do have this mandate.

With this new programme of work—supported by the German Development Ministry (BMZ) and Federal Foreign Office—led from an office in Bonn, UNRISD is well positioned to engage directly with the actors and partners of the UN’s sustainability hub.

Objectives


The work programme of the UNRISD Bonn office aims to create new interagency collaborations and further enhance synergies between research and learning activities—simultaneously maximizing the uptake and impact of evidence-based analysis and knowledge production on the social dimensions of sustainable development, and contributing to training and capacity development of the highest possible quality and relevance.

The work programme has three objectives:
  • Strengthen the Bonn ecosystem for sustainable development through an integrated approach to knowledge and skills development, where research feeds into training and capacity building activities and is informed by their needs.
  • Elaborate a joint research-capacity building strategy through identification and mapping of relevant knowledge gaps and the implementation of corresponding research activities.
  • Improve evidence-based SDG implementation and research uptake by UN and other development partners through collaboration with partner organizations in Bonn.

Expected results and beneficiaries


Successful delivery of the programme will produce new interagency collaborations and synergies, improving the efficiency and coherence of delivery of our mandates. It will generate integrated perspectives, new working modalities, innovative strategies that anticipate knowledge gaps and upcoming skills needs, original research findings and analysis, and reduced bottlenecks and obstacles in implementation.

Beneficiaries of better integrated knowledge and capacity development on the social dimensions of the SDGs include national governments and their development partners in the UN system, civil society and the private sector.

Activities and outputs


Specific activities and outputs will be designed to fulfil the programme's three objectives. These are likely to include a set of research topics and country cases whose findings will inform learning and capacity development activities for SDG implementation; advisory and consultancy services in areas of UNRISD expertise; inputs for training courses; provision of lecturers / resource persons for training courses; webinars; tailored dissemination products (briefs, videos, e-learning, podcasts, etc.); and networking, outreach and communication activities.

Blog post in the UNRISD Covid-19 series
We Need a Green and Just Transformation to Recover from Covid-19, by Isabell Kempf and Dunja Krause

2020 Virtual UN Summer Academy
UNRISD is hosting a "Social/Professional Networking Session" on integrated policies for environmental action and social protection on 26 August from 16:15 to 17:15 CEST. Participants brainstorm examples of environmental action where social protection was lacking, and then discuss those with two guest speakers who presented more positive case studies from their countries where environmental action was accompanied by social protection.

Special Virtual Event at HLPF 2020 - SDGs Learning, Training & Practice
Sustainable and Just Economies: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis, and Enabling Factors for the SDGs (Session number 8, Friday 10 July 2020, 3pm-4.30pm CEST), in partnership with the ILO Green Jobs Programme and the International Training Center of the ILO. Webcast available on the the HLPF website. 📺 Watch the recordings of the session. 📗 Read the results of the satisfaction survey of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice.

World Environment Day 2020
UNRISD has signed on to a statement, COVID-19: Ten Priority Options for a Just, Green and Transformative Recovery, by Partners for Inclusive Green Economy, launched on World Environment Day (5 June 2020). It is a call for recovery efforts that take account of the interdependencies between human and environmental health, and aim to build resilience to even more profound risks on the horizon - biodiversity loss, widening inequality and climate change, while recognizing that transformative change tackling their root causes will be the only just and sustainable long-term solution.

Managing a Just Transition to Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies
Isabell Kempf was the keynote speaker on 26 May 2020 for the webinar on Module 1 (Global Context and Agenda) of this ITC-ILO training course. See the presentation on Just Transition in Different Contexts and Its Potential to Transform Economies.

Financial Crises, Poverty and Environmental Sustainability [International Workshop]
In partnership with the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme and UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals, UNRISD is a co-organizer of this event scheduled for 14-15 December 2020 in Bangkok. It will bring together a range of knowledge and policy stakeholders to discuss findings from a joint Call for Papers. Other outputs from the Call for Papers are in the works, including a Special Issue of the journal Sustainable Development, and an edited volume with an academic publisher.

Networking and partnering


Partnering and building networks are important ways that the Bonn programme seeks to co-create mutual benefits. A range of joint initiatives under the programme's different workstreams are being carried out / explored with:
  • Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research
  • CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)
  • Global Policy Forum Europe
  • ILO Green Jobs Programme
  • International Training Centre of the ILO
  • Partners for Inclusive Green Economy
  • Sussex Sustainability Research Programme
  • UN SDG Action Campaign
  • UN System Staff College - Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Funding


The UNRISD Bonn Programme has received funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Foreign Office.