UN System Staff College (UNSSC)


The idea of establishing a Staff College to serve the United Nations system was a direct response to long-standing perceptions on the need to strengthen the effectiveness of the international civil service.

The feasibility of creating a Staff College began to be explored in 1969. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly approved in principle the creation of the United Nations System Staff College. However, the Staff College was put on hold until financial resources could be identified.

In 1993, the Secretary-General requested a joint UN/ILO team to develop a more concrete Staff College proposal. The proposal was accepted in 1995. The College began operations in 1996 as a project entrusted to the ITC/ILO. In August 2000, the College was evaluated by an independent team which recommended that a full-fledged United Nations System Staff College be established and a Statute be drawn up.

In July 2001, the General Assembly approved the Statute of the United Nations System Staff College. On 1 January 2002 the College began its operations as a distinct institution within the United Nations system.

"The Staff College shall serve as a distinct, system-wide, knowledge management and learning institution… providing strategic leadership and management development…, strengthening inter-agency collaboration…, increasing operational effectiveness; enhancing cooperation with stakeholders inside and outside the UN system, and developing a more cohesive, system-wide, management culture." - UNSSC Statute 

Our Mission

The mission of the Staff College is to contribute to a more effective, results-oriented and agile United Nations through learning, training and knowledge dissemination.

With its Headquarters in Turin (Italy) and its second Campus in Bonn (Germany), the Staff College is a centre of excellence for training and knowledge management within the UN system. Each year, we offer learning initiatives that reach over 10,000 beneficiaries including residential courses, distance-learning, strategic exchanges and seminars. Our programmes range from leadership and management development, to the development of those sectoral and functional competences that are needed to effectively serve as an international civil servant. We also provide learning interventions to increase technical and substantive knowledge spanning the three pillars of the UN’s work: peace and security, human rights and development. Since 2015, all of the Staff College’s learning and training activities are geared towards enabling the UN system and its partners to address the challenges posed by the adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Our vision

We aim to provide the skills and knowledge to empower the most valuable resource of the UN system: our people


The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is the primary provider of interagency training and learning for staff of the United Nations system. Our overall objective is to promote UN inter-agency collaboration, increase the operational effectiveness of the UN system as a whole and equip UN staff with the required skills and competencies to face today’s global challenges.

Our learning and training activities focus on the thematic areas of:

  • Leadership and Management;
  • Peace and Security;
  • and Sustainable Development.

Change and Innovation components are mainstreamed throughout our curriculum under the auspices of our new UN Lab for Organisational Change and Innovation (UNLOCK).

We offer both open enrolment courses and customised services for UN partners. Programmes are held in Turin and Bonn, at UN Headquarters, as well as at the regional and country levels and online.

All our activities effectively respond to the cross-agency, far-reaching reform agenda of the United Nations.

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