Capacity Strengthening

What is it for?
Local and regional governments, along with other local stakeholders, have a crucial role to play in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. This section is meant to provide tools that support their capacity building and strengthening for development and for the Agenda 2030’s landing.

What do the tools help achieve?
Capacity development is considered to be the engine of development processes. These tools provide guidance through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time, in coherence with the SDGs.

Learning Module 2: Territorial planning to achieve the SDGs

Available in English

This Module aims to stimulate a reflection on how the SDGs and the principles of the 2030 Agenda can be integrated into local development planning exercises. The goal is to inform participants on how SDGs can be instrumental for improving local devel...

Developed by UNDP, UCLG, Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and UN-Habitat

Massive Open Online Course on Sustainable Development Goals

Available in Français

Introductory course on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Developed by UVED - Université Virtuelle Environnement et Développement

The challenge of the SDOs in secondary

Available in Español

These materials are the result of a collaborative process between teachers of different educational levels belonging to the Network of Teachers for Development (network coordinated by the AECID and the MECD). They have been designed so that they are...

Developed by Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Ministerio de Asuntos Exte...

Online course: SDGs in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations: Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals

Available in Español

This course on sustainability will focus on the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the current panorama of development cooperation. In 2015, world leaders agreed on a set of global objectives for the benefit of all nations, ens...

Developed by Universitat Politècnica de València

Online Course: Livability in Future Cities

Available in English

Cities are becoming the predominant living and working environment of humanity, and for this reason, livability or quality of life in the city has become crucial. This urban planning course focuses on four areas that directly affect livability in...

Developed by ETH Zurich

Online Course: Sustainable Urban Development

Available in English

This MOOC is all about the integration of different fields of knowledge within the metropolitan context. The course is set up in a unique matrix format that lets you pursue your line of interest along a specific metropolitan challenge or a specific t...

Developed by TU Delft, Wageningen University

Online Course: Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Available in English

Cities are a core component of the UN’s 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. This mini-series is a companion piece to the SDG Academy's full-length Sustainable Cities course and also serves as a brief introduction to the topic of urban sustainable...

Developed by The SDG Academy

Sustainable Development Goals and Gram Panchayats: Handbook for Elected Representatives

Available in English

It is important that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets are explained from the perspective of local governments and presented to them in a way that can be used in local planning and implementation. This handbook is a resource for el...

Developed by Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Trainer's guide for Localizing the SDGs. Learning Module 1

Available in English Español Português

The Trainer's guide for Localizing the SDGs is intended to provide information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to local and regional governments, and their organizations or networks, and equip them with a series of strategies, skills and...

Developed by Global Taskforce of local and regional governments; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Uni...

Developing a Communication Strategy for a Local Government Association

Available in English

Communication is now recognized as a key element in the management of any institution, whether it is a multi-national corporation, a small non-governmental organization or a Local Government Association (LGA). Efficient communication is more than a s...

Developed by VNG International

Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Available in English

This course helps participants build the knowledge and skills they need to build substantive and sustainable partnerships. During this interactive, introductory partnership course, participants reflect on the specific modalities of working with diffe...

Developed by UN Foundation, UN Global Compact

Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Available in English

An online course (5 weeks) that introduces participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of sustainable development and Agenda 2030, while covering issues of means of implementation, localization of the agenda, and review and follow-up framewo...

Developed by UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development

Local Economic Development Training Module

Available in English

In order for Local Economic Development (LED) to be effective, we need to identify and consider the community’s economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and agree a shared strategy. This module is one of the key materials to be us...

Developed by United Cities and Local Governments ASPAC

Leveraging Land: Land-based Finance for Local Governments. A Reader

Available in English

The potential contribution of land based financing to the development of sustainable and equitable cities and properly serviced communities is often underestimated. Land based financing is a collective name given to a range of instruments by which lo...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Leveraging Land: Land-Based Finance for Local Governments. A Trainer's guide

Available in English

The potential contribution of land based financing to the development of sustainable and equitable cities and properly serviced communities is often underestimated. Land based financing is a collective name given to a range of instruments by which lo...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

My JMDI Toolbox training materials on migration and local development

Available in English Français Español العربية

This toolbox offers a flexible and comprehensive tool for local stakeholders (local authorities, civil society, migrants’ associations, academia, international organizations etc.) on how to mainstream migration into local development planning in orde...

Developed by Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI)

Capacity for the 2030 Agenda

Available in English

Under the Capacity for the 2030 Agenda Initiative, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been developing and delivering a series of activities, e-learning courses, face-to-face workshops, webinars, learning sessions/conf...

Developed by The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

E-tutorial on Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Available in English

The e-tutorial provides an in-depth and wide-ranging guidance on how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into each national strategies and policies. It is based on the UNDG Reference Guide "Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sust...

Developed by The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Sustainable Cities

Available in English

Learn how government, the private sector, and other actors can support sustainable urban development through a instructor paced course on sustainable cities.

Developed by SDG Academy

Water for Livable and Resilient Cities

Available in English

Water plays a central role in almost every aspect of our urban environment and quality of life in our cities. Alarmingly, the combined impacts of rapid population growth and climate change are now posing a severe threat to the liveability and resilie...

Developed by Monash University

Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

Available in English

This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and ho...

Developed by ETH Zurich

Livelihoods & Economic Recovery in Crisis Situations

Available in English

The purpose of the Guide on Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Programming in Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations is to connect UNDP Country Offices and their partners with global knowledge and experience on this subject. The Guide documents, for the fi...

Developed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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