From February 28th to March 3rd 2018, the first cohort of students of the Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate program met together for the first time to take part in the SDGs Leadership Seminar, organized by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.
The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) offers the SDG Professional Certificate*, a global joint programme providing innovative training and international collaboration on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Throughout the week, all 18 students met with public policy actors, international organizations, local associations and private sector representatives to gain a better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. To help them develop their own entrepreneurial projects related to the SDGs, they participated in design-thinking workshops, SDG Master Classes, and field work activities.
This international programme is composed of four member universities of the GPPN, in association with partners from the public and private sector as well as members from civil society:
Columbia SIPA, New York
Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris
The SDG Professional Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to showcase them to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.
As part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, having specialized knowledge and hands-on experience on how to meet the SDGs is in high demand from government agencies, international organizations, private companies and social sector at every scale.
*SIPA participants are designated as fellows in the GPPN Program.