Kyiv, 15 May 2020 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine has announced the official launch of an online educational course called “Act Further: Sustainable Development For Civil Servants”. The course is aimed at civil servants of all levels, local self-governance and government officials, and employees of state and municipal institutions.

“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 requires urgent, collective and coherent action” said UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine Dafina Gercheva. “The online course will equip civil servants with a comprehensive knowledge about the global goals and practical tools to operationalize it and advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Ukraine.”

The knowledge gained will be instrumental for strengthening the capacity of civil servants for evidence based policy making, human-centred service delivery and participatory governance, Gercheva said.

“Supporting Ukraine’s transformation into a modern and prosperous state is a key priority. The role of civil servants at national, regional and local level is critical and instrumental in achieving this ambitious goal and leaving no one behind.”

This course is a part of the general professional (certificate) training programme for civil servants and local government officials accredited by the National Agency of Ukraine for the Civil Service, which is being carried out through the Ukrainian Governance School. On the successful complication of the course, a certificate is issued.

The course was developed by UNDP within the “Online Education for Sustainable Development” project, with financial support from the German Government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Two more online courses are also foreseen within the project – for civil activists and businesspeople. All three courses will be freely available on national educational platforms. You can take a course for civil activists and subscribe to an upcoming course for businesspeople via this link.

The partner of the “Act Further: Sustainable Development For Civil Servants” course is the Non-Governmental Organization “Prometheus.”

Media inquiries: Anton Sydorenko, UNDP Communications Consultant, anton.sydorenko@undp.org, communications.ukraine@undp.org.

Background

On 25 September 2015, a historic UN Summit took place in New York, as a result of which the “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” resolution was adopted by world leaders. The document identified new landmarks for the development of the world that would contribute to economic growth, environmental management and a response to various social needs. These benchmarks are reflected in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Ukraine has also joined the global process. In September 2017, the national baseline report “Sustainable Development Goals: Ukraine” was presented. On 30 September 2019, following the issuing of the  Decree “On Sustainable Development Goals of Ukraine for the period until 2030” by the President of Ukraine, sustainable development was defined as the only possible means for the development of the national economy and public institutions that would ensure an increase in the level and quality of life of the population, and respect for constitutional and human rights.

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