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Regional Symposium on Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals in the Curricula of Schools of
Start Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 9:00 AM
End Date/Time:
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 11:30 AM
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The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), the African Management Development Institutes’ Network (AMDIN), the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), the Kenya School of Government (KSG), and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa)/African Local Government Academy (ALGA) are co-organizing an online Regional Symposium on Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals in the Curricula of Schools of Public Administration in Africa, which will be held virtually from 2 to 3 May 2023.


The Symposium will bring together experts from schools of public administration, and institutes of training in Africa to discuss the importance of mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their curricula. The Symposium will also provide an opportunity to explore the challenges and successes in addressing the SDGs within the curricula of these institutions and help to identify innovative practices and lessons learned. It will create a platform for discussing ways to strengthen the capacity of African public administration schools and training institutes to effectively implement the SDGs.


The Symposium will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the role that schools of public administration and institutes of public management can play in accelerating the implementation of the SDGs in Africa. During the first day, following an opening session, the Curriculum on Governance for Implementing the SDGs, which was developed by UN DESA/DPIDG in 2021, will be launched in the African region. The Curriculum can help equip public servants with the knowledge and capacities to effectively implement the SDGs. During the first day also progress made in mainstreaming the SDGs in national and subnational courses of training institutes and schools of public administration in Africa are discussed in break-out groups following a presentation on the results from the 2023 survey on this topic will be presented.


During the second day, country experiences from the Africa region on mainstreaming the SDGs in the curricula of schools of public administration are presented. Also, the topic of how to enhance mainstreaming of the SDGs in the teachings of schools of public administration in Africa and modalities of collaboration are explored through interactive discussions.


The Symposium will feature presentations from experts and will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and perspectives. It will include interactive elements, including small group discussions. Furthermore, the Symposium will provide a platform for sharing success stories from different countries in Africa.

Concept Note/Agenda

Africa Regional Symposium Report

Contact information:
Ms. Anni Haataja-Beeri, 
Governance and Public Administration Officer,
UN DESA/DPIDG, haatajaa(at)  


Kenya School of Government
Mr. Ludeki Chweya,
Director General,
Kenya School of Government

Ms. Prisca Oluoch, Director,
Director of Linkages, Collaborations &
Partnerships, Kenya School of Government,


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