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Digital4Sustainability Learning Path

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path explores the transformational role digital solutions and innovations can play in advancing environmental and social sustainability. In particular, how can digital technologies power the green transition, and how can the digital transition be green?


We live in a technologically advanced world, spending more than a third of our lives in front of a screen, connected with people and places across the planet — witnesses to the escalating catastrophes caused by socio-environmental degradation. Despite the power technology affords us, despite the heatwaves and hurricanes, and despite the growing alarm, we are failing to leverage the potential of digital technologies to make our world more sustainable, equitable and peaceful. Governments, businesses, civil society and individuals have choices to make in harnessing and managing new technologies to safeguard the environment and human freedoms.

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path has been developed through a joint partnership between UNEP and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) in collaboration with GIZ, the EU, the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) and the Office of the UN Technology Envoy. The CODES Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age has inspired the content.


Upon successful completion of the learning path, participants will understand:

  • Key concepts, including digitalization, digital transformation, and digital sustainability
  • The role of digital transformation in countering the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution
  • How to leverage the potential of digital transformation in advancing sustainability using a systems approach
  • The negative impacts of digital transformation and how to mitigate them to ensure sustainability.

Course methodology

Each module requires 3-4 hours of time and can be completed asynchronously following a self-paced learning method.

Course contents

There are four modules in this learning path which will be released chronologically:

  1. Module 1: Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development: a brief introduction to the profound changes our world is going through as we rapidly scale up the use of technology in every sphere of our lives. This module introduces digital transformation with a walk-through of relevant terminology and emerging trends. It explores challenges and entry points for effective action, presenting real examples from around the world. (to be released on 1 December 2022).
  2. Module 2: Digital Sustainability for Climate Action (to be released in 2023)
  3. Module 3: Digital Sustainability for Nature Protection (to be released in 2023)
  4. Module 4: Digital Sustainability for Pollution Prevention (to be released in 2023)

Target audience

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path is open to anyone curious to explore the answers to “what is the role technology can play in advancing sustainable outcomes and what steps will be needed to get us there?

Cost of participation

The Digital4Sustainability Learning Path is free of charge.

You can sign up for the learning path using the sign-up button at the top of this page.

Once you have signed up:

1. You will be sent log-in information to access Module 1 as soon as it becomes available on 1 December 2022.

Please note: The email with the login details may end up in your spam folder. To avoid this, please whitelist the email addresses and

2. If you already have an account on, you can log in using your current username and password and access the course under My Courses, after you have signed up.

You only need to sign up once.

You will be notified via email as Modules 2- 4 become available in the coming months.

Event Details

  • Date & Time: 1 January 2023 from 0:00 - 31 December 2023 0:00
  • Venue: ONLINE event


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