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2018 Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
23 - 27 April 2018
Incheon, Republic of Korea

2018 Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs is intended to provide policymakers in central and local government and policy shapers in the private sector and civil society with the concepts and tools for mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs through their work.

The executive course takes place as the 2030 agenda enters the third year of its 15 years of implementation. During the 2017 high-level political forum on sustainable development, which was under the overarching theme "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world," 43 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF, with Goals 1, 2. 3, 5, 9 and 14 (and 17) under in-depth review, whereas 22 had done so in 2016, including the Republic of Korea. In 2018, the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF - taking place on 9-18 July) will review progress towards the 2030 agenda under the overarching theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" with Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 15 Life on Land) in addition to SDG 17 (means of implementation and the global partnership). Some 48 countries will present their progress towards the 2030 Agenda with a focus on the above SDGs during the voluntary national reviews (VNRs). The work of the HLPF will serve as a backdrop to the course, while also focusing on implementing Agenda 2030 through the daily work of the participating policymakers and policy shapers.

Day One - 23 April 2018
Opening & Welcome Remarks
Module 1: Overview of Progress towards Agenda 2030 and the SDGs
  • Presentation Dr. Jean D'Aragon, Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD
Module 2: SDG Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Presentation Dr. Hyun Jung Park, Institute for Climate Change Action

Day Two- 24 April 2018
Module 3: SDG 15 - Life on Land
Module 4: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Presentation Ms. Chikako Takase, former Director of the United Nations Centre For Regional Development-UNCRD, Nagoya, Japan
  • Presentation Professor Jae Min Song, University of Seoul, South Korea

Day Three - 25 April 2018
Module 5: Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Presentation Professor Rae-Kwon Chung, Incheon National University / Former Director of UNESCAP
  • Presentation Ms. Sara Castro-Hallgren, Program Expert, UNPOG

Day Four - 26 April 2018
Module 6: SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Presentation Mr. Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, UNESCAP
Module 7: SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals
  • Presentation Mr. Karen Holm Olsen, UNEP-DTU Partnership, Technical University of Denmark
  • Presentation Ms. Sara Castro-Hallgren, Program Expert, UNPOG

Day Five - 27 April 2018
Module 8: SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • Presentation Professor Tae Yong Jung, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Presentation Dr. Jennifer Lenhart, Project Manager, One Planet Cities at Varldnaturfonden (WWF Sweden)
Module 9 : The Way Forward for Agenda 2030
  • Presentation Professor Tae Yong Jung, Yonsei University, South Korea
Closing Remarks
Concept Note
Concept Note


Information Note
Information Note

Hotel Reservation Form

List of Participants (Updated as of 30 April 2018)

Substantive Report
Substantive Report

The Executive Training is organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) of UN DESA in partnership with Incheon Tourism Organization

Pictures from the event can be found here.

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