The UN Secretary-General’s vision sets an imperative to ensure that a UN development system strongly emphasizes leadership, accountability, collaboration, efficiency and results as enablers to advance Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This requires UN field leaders to individually and collectively recalibrate and enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities across critical areas such as strategic collaboration, integrated analysis, foresight and risk management; as well as advocacy and messaging on sustainable development; and technical expertise on emerging frontier issues. As a critical step forward, the UNDG developed a UN Leadership Model in November 2016 that laid out defining characteristics and capabilities of UN field leaders.

The Leadership Model was subsequently endorsed by the HLCM and HLCP, and together these three pillars of the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) developed a UN System Leadership Framework that integrated the Leadership Model and emphasized the importance of culture change and leadership enablers across the system at all levels. The CEB approved the UN Leadership Framework in April 2017 and the UN SG has instructed that this Framework be at the forefront of leadership assessment, orientation, and learning initiatives, and developing appropriate mechanisms for the entire UN System.


The Leadership Solutions for Sustainable Development (LSSD) offered through UNDOCO provides a locus of learning to help maximize the capabilities of UN field leaders (RCs and UNCT members) through individual and collaborative leadership to effectively lead in the sustainable development era. The LSSD aims to put leadership, knowledge, partnership networks and innovation at the center of sustainable development solutions.

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