Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Certificate

The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, as a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), offers the SDG Professional Certificate, a Programme providing innovative training and international collaboration on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Programme Objectives

This international programme is composed of four member universities of the GPPN in association with our partners from the public and private sector as well as members from civil society.

  • Columbia SIPA, New York
  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris

The SDG Professional Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to showcase them to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.

As part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, having specialized knowledge and hands-on experience on how to meet the SDGs is in high demand from government agencies, international organizations, private companies and social sector at every scale.

Students benefit from the experience of building and implementing their own interdisciplinary SDG projects while collaborating with multiple actors at different levels of society. The skills gained from completion of the certificate serve as a valuable asset for students’ future careers across multiple sectors.

Programme Curriculum

As a global joint Programme, the SDG Certificate includes (i) SDG-focused courses at home institutions, (ii) an opening seminar hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, (iii) the SDG Accelerator Workshop organized by Columbia SIPA in New York, (iv) and attendance at the annual GPPN Conference at one of the seven member schools.  

Scientific Advisor

Laëtitia Atlani-Duault is a French social anthropologist.

She is the current Director of the College d’études mondiales at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, France, and Research Professor at CEPED, IRD - Paris Descartes University and at the Mailman School, Columbia University in New York.

Recently, she took up a three-year appointment as Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations headquarters (2012-2015). While in New York, she was appointed Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of Public Health and as France’s National IRD Scientific Representative to the United Nations (2015-2017).


This agenda is subject to modification.

  1. October/ November 2018: Application period and announcement of selected students
  2. 13 December 2018: Invitation to the Final Presentation of the first SDG cohort - Sciences Po, Paris
  3. 17-20 January 2019 –  SDG Leadership Seminar - Sciences Po, Paris
  4. January - June 2019: SDG Course
  5. May 2018 : SDG Accelerator Workshop, Columbia SIPA, New York
  6. August - December 2019: SDG Course
  7. February 2020: Annual GPPN Conference and Certificate Graduation


Please note: only first year students in the MPP or MEA are invited to apply. Selected students will not be allowed to take a gap year

Admission is selective, based largely on academic excellence and professional focus.

In order to apply, fill out the form by October 19th 2018.

After the first application round, selected students will be asked to participate in an interview with a jury to present their motivation to enter the Programme.

To learn more: SDG Professional Certificate.

Tuition and fees

Participation in the SDG Certificate is currently free of cost. The students selected from each participating GPPN member universities will be reimbursed for transportation costs of up to 500 Euros (maximum) to attend the SDG Bootcamp in New York during the summer (upon presentation of travel receipts). Students will be responsible for their own accommodation and any additional travel costs.

Contact us

For questions related to the SDG Certificate and GPPN, please contact Coline Chevrin or Jennie Cottle.

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