Sustainable Development Goals center stage in decision-making - the UN Association of Finland and Funzi launch mobile course for sustainable development under municipal elections

Mobile learning service Funzi and UN Association of Finland have together realized a mobile learning course on sustainable decision-making. The course, available to everyone for free, introduces the Sustainable Development Goals and supports promoting them on the local level, in Finnish municipalities.

The mobile course is extremely suitable for the candidates of this spring’s municipal elections, who are looking to strengthen their knowledge on sustainable development. The course is available directly in the browser of all mobile devices. It is also suited for individual residents and will continue to be freely available after the municipal elections. 

“Our future is dependent on how well we are able to include sustainability in decision that are made now. You and the decisions you make are therefore a part of the future we will share.”

“The Sustainable Development Goals will be realized only if the same principles steer also local decision-making. Therefore it is important that municipal decisionmakers are familiar with the goals set together at the UN. Especially decisions on energy, transportation or waste management are directly those that should take long-term sustainability into account. That is why we have wanted to include also good examples of projects like these in Finnish municipalities in the mobile course,” says the Executive Director of the UN Association of Finland, Helena Laukko.

The mobile course is available for free on any mobile browser at https://funzi.mobi/learn/sustainable-decision-making, in light daily doses. The course is available in both Finnish and English, and completion of the course is awarded by a badge.  The UN Development Program (UNDP) has taken part in producing the course.

The user can also nominate examples from their own municipality, where sustainable decision-making has in some way been supported or a project on sustainable development has been carried out. The UN Association of Finland will publish the best examples closer to the municipal elections, which will also be included in the mobile course material. The hashtag for the competition on social media is #kestäväkunta.

“Mobile learning on Funzi focuses on livelihood and wellbeing, like improving skills on entrepreneurship and job seeking. Incorporating principles of sustainable development in one’s own lifestyle is important both from the perspective of future working life and civic skills,” comments CEO of Funzi, Tero Salonen.

The UN Association of Finland is an NGO focusing on UN themes. Through its network the association promotes international cooperation, where no-one is left behind. The association also educates on global responsibility as well as raising awareness on the UN and its activities.

Funzi is a pioneering mobile learning service from Finland that makes education accessible to everyone – for free. Funzi revolutionizes learning by delivering mobile learning to people, who have a thirst for new knowledge and skills on livelihood and health. Current courses include topics on entrepreneurial and job seeking skills. The Funzi mobile learning service is available globally on any connected device at http://funzi.mobi. Funzi has over one million users, with the majority in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Further information:

UNA Finland
Executive Director Helena Laukko, helena.laukko [ät] ykliitto.fi, +358 44 781 03 03

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