Published: April 15, 2019 By

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) recently announced its co-partnership with the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the Leeds School of Business and The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program (FPIEP) in a press release, stating a mission of working toward the ethical accomplishment of SDGs in accordance with the 2030 agenda.

What is UNITAR?

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was formed to encourage innovative learning solutions among individuals, organizations and institutions to advance global decision-making that will lead to a better future. UNITAR has become an expert at training individuals and organizations, particularly regarding the agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and in educating UN Members on ways to maneuver the diplomatic environment.

About the Partnership

In order to advance global progress on the SDGs, UNITAR has partnered with the Leeds School of Business and FPIEP to develop an online certificate program called Leading with Ethics in Achieving the SDGs. FPIEP is a partnership between Faculty at the University of Colorado Law School and at Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, that works from a foundation of indigenous values to achieve a sustainable future for all. As stated in the press release, the purpose of this partnership is to achieve “high-quality learning solutions” and to develop “related knowledge products and services to enhance decision-making and to support country-level action for overcoming global challenges.”


Faculty Directors Mark Meaney and Carla F. Fredericks, and Senior Fellow Dave Archambault II at the 2018 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

“Our partnership with UNITAR represents an incredible opportunity for the Leeds School of Business to have a direct impact on leadership at the very highest levels of international decision-making. CESR will thereby continue to play a significant role in the promotion and achievement of the Global Goals.” - Mark Meaney, Executive Director, Center for Education on Social Responsibility, Leeds School of Business

About the Course

The purpose of this new online course is to “...prepare participants to handle various ethical issues and conflicts related to the achievement of the SDGs,” according to the recent press release. To achieve this goal, the course has been divided into three sections that will take place on three separate days: Fundamental Value Commitments in Self-Leadership (July 3rd), Ethical Decision-making in Achieving the SDGs (September 11th) and How to be an Ethical Leader in the Global Ecosystem (November 6th). Together, these three components foster the skills and character necessary for SDG leadership, ensuring that the means by which our global goals are achieved are virtuous.

The course will contain video lectures, team collaboration and case studies. The program runs from summer 2019 through fall of 2019 and will be taught by FPIEP’s Carla Fredericks. If you are interested in learning more about UNITAR, visit UNITAR’s website. For further details on the course and for course registration, click here.