UNSSC and UN Environment co-design learning modules for sustainable lifestyles and digital transformation

Published on March 1, 2023

With the global population growing at an unprecedented rate, the demand for resources is increasing. Adopting practices that use natural resources in a way that is both efficient and sustainable is crucial. Therefore the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is delighted to announce the launch of a joint partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) offering a series of modules and learning paths on sustainable lifestyles, digital transformation, and tools to implement the Minamata Convention.

Recognizing the importance of sustainable lifestyles for achieving a sustainable future, UNSSC and UNEP have launched two innovative products aiming to foster individual action and commitment towards sustainable development. Adriana Zacarias, Head of Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs), and Deputy Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, UNEP says, “This course is a tool to help everyone realize the power of their everyday choices to protect – or not – the environment. It brings in the science behind our lifestyles, offering inspiration and concrete actions for us to live lighter, contributing to a better planet for all”. 

On World Environment Day in 2022, over 400 learners started the “My Sustainable Living Challenge” – an online gamified learning journey that nudges individuals towards behaviour change with practical commitments. Sustainable development practitioners from across sectors can sign up for a self-paced course which helps them  examine how lifestyle choices impact the world around them, and find ways for everyone to live better and lighter. Lifestyles differ by community and region, and even though there is no “one solution fits all” when moving towards sustainable living, it is possible to come up with solutions and initiatives that are better adapted to each reality. This year (2023) the second edition will welcome 1000 users to take the challenge thanks to the programme being offered in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian. 

Digital transformation is becoming increasingly relevant to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The digital revolution provides new technologies and innovative approaches that can help address global challenges. The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path, also co-designed by UNEP and UNSSC, explores how the potential of digital technologies can be leveraged to make the world more sustainable, equitable and peaceful. It is open to anyone curious to explore the answers to what role technology can play in advancing sustainable outcomes and what steps will be needed to get us there. So far the modules and learning path co-designed and co-developed with the UN Environment have already received almost 9,000 learners after a month of being open for registration. This only shows the huge demand for learning about living sustainably while leveraging digital technologies in order to transform societies. 

UNEP is an important partner of the college helping provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to develop sustainable lifestyles and harness digital technologies to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Through these various offerings, we hope to inspire people to take meaningful actions to create a better future for us all.

The Sustainable Lifestyles module and Digital4Sustainability Learning Path are offered free of charge for everyone.

Source: United Nations System Staff College

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