With over half of the world’s population in lockdown, people are being encouraged to use the time to self-study and learn new skills. Many are taking advantage of the availability of e-learning services to do just that.
At UNRIC, we’ve put together an overview of e-Learning tools and online courses offered by the United Nations System. There are hundreds of courses on offer, covering a wide range of topics, from sustainable development to human rights, climate change to nuclear safety, and many more.
Pick a course from the list below and get started – or, visit our COVID-19 Hub for more ways of staying engaged.
ECLAC – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribean
Training is an integral part of the technical cooperation that ECLAC offers its member countries. The beneficiaries are usually technical staff and decision-makers in public authorities, but may also include academic experts and opinion-makers in civil society. The courses and workshops promoted, supported or organized by ECLAC offer participants the opportunity to learn about and share experiences concerning development in various countries and to strengthen their professional skills and competencies in specific areas related to the Commission’s work.
FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO courses cover a wealth of topics in the areas of food and nutrition security, social and economic development and sustainable management of natural resources. Browse the course catalogue to learn about the full range of courses.
HRC – Human Rights Council
e-Learning tool on the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms
Interactive, accessible and gender-aware, the e-Learning tool is designed for government officials from LDCs and SIDS as per the mandate of the Trust Fund. However, any government official in charge of human rights issues can use it.
The e-Learning Tool can also be useful for UN staff members who are based in the field and headquarters, staff members of regional and international organizations/groups, representatives of NGOs and civil society organizations, members of national human rights institutions and interns who would like to familiarize themselves with the work of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.
IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency
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CyberLearning Platform for Network Education and Training (CLP4NET): online courses on nuclear safety and security, radiation protection, sustainable energy development, the use of nuclear applications and more
IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development
Browse e-learning courses on rural and agricultural development issues
ILO – International Labour Organization
The courses are designed to help to better understand what child labour is and the key role ILO stakeholders can play.
ITC-ILO – The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization
The ITC is an advanced technical and vocational training institution and offers learning, knowledge-sharing, and institutional capacity-building programmes for governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and development partners. It aims to be a forum where development intersects with all forms of knowledge in the world of work, from tripartism to technology. As a multicultural hub for learning, the Centre welcomes everyone, regardless of gender, race, or class.
IMF – International Monetary Fund
The IMF training program includes topics spanning macroeconomic analysis, monetary and fiscal policy, macro-financial linkages, balance of payments issues, financial markets and institutions, as well as statistical and legal frameworks in these areas.
IOM – International Organization for Migration
The IOM E-Campus is the learning platform developed by the Organization for external audiences. It is a free and virtual space with online courses and training materials on migration. The E-Campus courses are prepared by experts in topics that converge with migration.
ITU – International Telecommunication Academy
The ITU Academy is the main online gateway to ITU’s capacity development activities. It brings together under one umbrella a wide range of training activities and knowledge resources in the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital development.
SDGAcademyX – Free online courses from SDG Academy
The SDG Academy creates and curates graduate-level courses on sustainable development for learners around the world. From sustainable cities to human rights to climate action, each of our courses addresses the fundamental challenge facing our world today: How do people, communities, businesses and governments coexist, cooperate and collaborate to save the one planet we have? The SDG Academy’s courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow learners.
The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a joint initiative of more than 30 multilateral organizations helping countries to achieve climate change action both through general climate literacy and applied skills development. UN CC:Learn provides strategic advice and quality learning resources to help people, governments and businesses to understand, adapt, and build resilience to climate change.
UN SDG:Learn is a United Nations initiative that aims to bring relevant and curated learning solutions on sustainable development topics to individuals and organizations.
Through the collaborative efforts of the United Nations, multilateral organizations, and sustainable development partners from universities, civil society, academia and the private sector, UN SDG:Learn provides a unique gateway that empowers individuals and organizations through an informed decision when selecting among a wealth of SDG-related learning products and services that are currently available.
UN WOMEN Training Centre
The UN Women Training Centre eLearning Campus is a global and innovative online platform for training for gender equality. It is open to everybody interested in using training or learning as a means to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights.
UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Currently, the platform provides two categories of courses: Trade, Gender and Development and Non-Tariff Measures in Trade
UNECE – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The UNECE ‘Standards for the SDGs’ e-learning platform is designed to enhance global understanding of quality infrastructure and its importance for sustainable development.
Courses are open to all and no fee is charged for enrolment. They can be taken independently or be integrated into existing courses, including blended learning courses, for example as an introduction to courses offered in-person.
At present, the platform provides courses in Risk Management in Regulatory Structures, Conformity Assessment, Market Surveillance
UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme
UN Environment, and our external partners, offer a wide range of courses on critical environmental issues.
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UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
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Distant Learning Solutions
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UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
Nine multimedia e-learning modules on key maternal and newborn life-saving skills and family planning were developed under the UNFPA/Intel/Jhpiego partnership in 2013.
UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency
This learning platform offers UNHCR staff & external partners access to a comprehensive set of learning activities. As well, the platform provides the opportunity for learners to engage with online communities of practice.
UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
Agora is a free portal offering tailored learning solutions to UNICEF’s staff, partners and supporters.
UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research
UNITAR offers a wide range of learning events through workshops, seminars, briefings, conferences, public lectures, side events and online courses.
UNODA – United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNSSC – United Nations System Staff College
As the impact of COVID-19 intensifies globally, the UN System Staff College is expanding its array of online offerings to enable UN personnel and partners to sharpen their knowledge and skills from home.
UNSTATS – United Nations Statistics Division
UNODCs online eLearning courses deliver training to a community of over 50,000 Member State officials on international security threats such as transnational organized crime, terrorism, illicit drugs, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, wildlife and forest crime, cybercrime as well as provide training on border control, intelligence analysis, gender issues, anti-corruption, HIV/AIDS and human rights.
UNWTO – World Tourism Organization
The Tourism Online Academy is an online learning platform that will provide self-paced, 100% online courses that mainly focus on concepts, areas of interest and fundamental principles related to the tourism sector, addressing the challenges it faces such as globalization, the digital revolution, travel marketing and sustainability, among others. These flexible courses allow participants to reconcile academic, professional and other personal commitments.
WFP – World Food Programme
nutx is WFP Nutrition’s learning platform, designed to share WFP’s experience, lessons learned and research on nutrition free of charge. Our learning resources include self-paced e-learning courses, interactive tests and exercises. We also share nutrition case studies, links to online resources and interesting readings.
WHO-Europe – World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization
The rich portfolio of courses on IP caters to different target audiences: inventors and creators, business managers and IP professionals, policymakers and government officials of IP institutions, diplomats, students and teachers of IP and the civil society. Courses combine traditional face-to-face and distance learning methodologies which explain how to stimulate innovation, creativity and development.
WTO – World Trade Organization
The WTO offers on this page several interactive training modules on WTO subjects. Each module is built on course material developed by WTO experts and includes several interactive tests to assess the user’s progress.
By providing dynamic learning opportunities where diverse audiences can learn at their own pace and access the knowledge they need, the Open Learning Campus (OLC) equips individuals with the knowledge and capabilities to tackle the toughest development challenges. Technology is also changing the learning landscape. The OLC helps scale development learning by offering comprehensive learning curricula with wider access and enhanced learner experience.