2 June 2017 - Field Offices can and should play a transformative role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Supporting this motto, an interactive workshop on integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into UNODC's regional programme portfolio was held last month.
Organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the workshop aimed to familiarise staff with the monitoring framework and strategies to accelerate the implementation process. The training was conducted by the organization's Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit in collaboration with the Staff Development Unit (SDU).
During the training, participants discussed the way forward in terms of providing strategic support to national and regional counterparts. This includes comprehensive SDGs implementation packages tailored for national priorities.
In parallel, the SDU designed and led workshops throughout the week, which complemented the development of substantive expertise and promoted necessary skills to implement these important initiatives. The workshop "Creating a Culture of High Performance and Learning" focused on inspiring staff commitment to professionalism and continuous learning. Further, the "Working Relationships Post-Umoja" course allowed staff members to strengthen their inter-personal skills and create a communication strategy for ROCA.
Additionally, the SDU supported 16 experts in the Regional Office with fundamental training delivery skills in the "Training of Trainers" two-day workshop, at which experts learned how to present important content in a more effective manner. Accordingly, the workshop improved staff members' ability to better communicate results regarding the progress on the SDGs and the implementation of UNODC mandate.
Given the importance of the Regional Offices' role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Doha Declaration and the 2016 UNGASS outcome document recommendations, the SDU identified the need for a "Work-Life Balance" workshop for staff. This training opportunity would allow staff members to develop skills for finding equilibrium between professional and personal responsibilities.