UNSSC: A centre of excellence.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is a centre of excellence that offers learning to further a basic, yet fundamental goal: fostering a world where everyone thrives in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.

A place where creative problem-solving thrives.

UNSSC has played an integral role in putting learning and training at the service of UN system mandates to create a more sustainable, just and equitable world.

Our learning methodologies combine academic research with UN practical experience, a combination that fosters deep critical thinking and creative problem solving.

UNSSC spurs learning participants to collaborate across the UN system to break down organizational and functional silos. Participants from civil society, academia, the private sector, and other actors learn alongside UN personnel – leading to a vibrant crafting of new solutions.

UNSSC provides learning through residential courses, online, and through a combination of both. Knowledge-sharing and networking are hard-wired into our learning programmes, which we regularly evaluate for their quality.

UNSSC provides learning through residential courses, online, and through a combination of both. Knowledge-sharing and networking are hard-wired into our learning programmes, which we regularly evaluate for their quality.

Focus Areas.

In 2019, UNSSC was guided by its Strategic Plan 2018–2021. The plan calls for UNSSC to deliver state-of-the-art learning solutions so that the UN System and its wide array of partners are well-equipped to:

Advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda is the most ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet agenda ever adopted by UN Member States. It requires the UN system and partners – civil society, academia, the private sector and others – to work across sectors, strengthening and expanding partnerships in which collaboration and synergy are key. Indeed, the 2030 Agenda is the boldest agenda for humanity.


Build and Sustain Peace

Connected to the 2030 Agenda are the twin resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, which call for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to enhancing the skills and capacities of societies not only to address the root causes of conflict, but also to build and sustain peace through non-violent means.


Pursue Management Reform

Both the 2030 Agenda and the twin resolutions on peacebuilding and sustaining peace require changes in how the United Nations responds to these mandates as an organization. UN personnel need a new set of knowledge and competencies to manage for results in order to meet today’s complex and interlinked challenges.


Academic Partnerships.

UNSSC is committed not only to empowering UN staff and partners through learning but also to building the capacity of new generations around UN values and vision. With this in mind, UNSSC has forged partnerships with two leading academic institutions to support them in developing world-class programmes that serve the United Nations and beyond.

IE School of Global and Public Affairs (Spain)

To ensure that a new generation of leaders understands the integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals and their mutual benefits and trade-offs, UNSSC forged a partnership with Spain’s IE School of Global and Public Affairs to develop a world-class Master in International Development. Designed through the lens of the “5Ps” of the 2030 Agenda (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships), the Master will equip students with a mindset that values innovation, co-creation and collaboration. The first class matriculated in 2019.

Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

To provide professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to manage and lead for the future, UNSSC partnered with the University of Stellenbosch Business School, which is offering a business degree in the management of international organizations. UNSSC contributes critical public-sector leadership and management expertise as well as a network of senior UN practitioners who serve as faculty and research supervisors. The University of Stellenbosch Business School emphasizes values-driven personal development, training leaders to be proponents of responsible change.


Increased beneficiaries

The number of people who benefited from UNSSC learning products grew by 6% in 2019.

62% of learning programmes were delivered outside of UNSSC campuses in Turin and Bonn.

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Côte D'ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Germany, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America.

Increased users of knowledge sharing services

The number of users who benefited from UNSSC webinars, communities of practice, web-based learning platforms and other online serviced increased by 20% in 2019.

Course quality, relevance and facilitation

In 2019, participants rated learning programmes highly in terms of overall quality, job relevance, facilitation and teaching methodology.

Expanded direct training

The number of learners who directly benefited from UNSSC courses and learning events delivered face-to-face or online increased by 25%, while the number of activities grew by 9%.

Indirect Training

Learners trained by UNSSC-certified trainers in the area of UN staff safety and security.

Learners by Gender

Recommendation rate

96% of participants in 2019 said they would recommend the learning programme they took to others.