SDG Academy

The SDG Academy creates and curates graduate-level courses on sustainable development for learners around the world. From sustainable cities to human rights to climate action, each of our courses addresses the fundamental challenge facing our world today: How do people, communities, businesses and governments coexist, cooperate and collaborate to save the one planet we have? The SDG Academy's courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow learners. Learn more about the SDG Academy – an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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Measuring Sustainable Development (edX)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious global agenda for prosperity, people, and planet. But how do we know if we are on track to achieve the SDGs? Which Goals should different stakeholders prioritize? And what kind of data do we need to ensure that no one is left behind?

The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development (edX)

Children are our future – so how do we give them the best beginning for a happy and healthy life? What does a successful early childhood care program look like? How has a child’s brain developed at the age of 3? How does nutrition impact the future well-being of a child into adulthood?

Living Heritage and Sustainable Development (edX)

How is intangible cultural heritage – or ‘living heritage’ – related to sustainable development? Why is it important to keep heritage alive? By taking this course students and other interested learners and professionals will gain a better understanding of intangible cultural heritage and its relationships with sustainable development, exploring [...]

Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development (edX)

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Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development (edX)
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What is a sustainable city? Learn the basics here. According to the United Nations, urbanization and population growth could result in an increase of 2.5 billion people into urban populations by 2050, with associated impacts ranging from increased transportation needs to more building. How do we make cities sustainable [...]

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (edX)

A mini-course on the urgent call to action: protect the earth and its inhabitants from ruin. What is “Laudato Si”? First presented by Pope Francis – spiritual leader to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics – to his faith-based cohort, it is a call to action addressed not only to [...]

Understanding Poverty and Inequality (edX)

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Understanding Poverty and Inequality (edX)
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Explore the many facets and faces of poverty and inequality, and discover opportunities for individuals, countries, and a global community to help ensure that no one is left behind. In September 2015, 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed themselves [...]

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion (edX)

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Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion (edX)
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With complex legal protections and varying societal norms, how do we ensure rights for all? From women to children to indigenous peoples, the rights of marginalized groups the world over are violated daily. These injustices affect not just these groups, but also the stability of our world – and [...]

Age of Sustainable Development (edX)

Learn the basics of sustainable development -- what it is, why it's important and how we can achieve it. Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity.

Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet (edX)

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Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet (edX)
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How do we turn commitments to reducing the effects of climate change into action? Harmful emissions, the degradation of the earth’s resources and global warming have loomed large for decades. With the negotiation and ongoing ratification of the sweeping Paris Agreement, commitments to reducing the effects of climate change [...]

Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact (edX)

We need to understand the science behind global warming to avoid the most damaging and irreversible climate change impacts on people and planet. Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our time. Human activity has already warmed the planet by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times, and [...]