Transforming Leadership for Sustainable Development in Cambodia

SDGLab2SDG Leadership Lab participants pose for a photo at the end of a successful week of co-creation and co-designing for young people in Cambodia.

In Cambodia, the UN Country Team is re-designing the way they lead through the an innovative leadership programme – the SDG Leadership Lab – with the UN Development Coordination Office. The UN Secretary-General paved the way for this initiative through his vision to make the UN Development System fit for purpose in the 21st century. This vision sets an imperative to ensure that a UN development system strongly emphasizes leadership, accountability, collaboration, efficiency and results as enablers to advance Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This requires UN field leaders to individually and collectively recalibrate and enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities across critical areas such as strategic collaboration, integrated analysis, foresight and risk management; as well as advocacy and messaging on sustainable development; and technical expertise on emerging frontier issues.

Video Interviews


SDG Leadership Lab Talkshow

Bringing together different participants from all across Cambodia to explore how to contribute to sustainable development together with young people. See our talk show in closing of the SDG Leadership Lab here.


The SDG Leadership Lab gave us the opportunity, time and space to try something new

Watch this honest conversation about the SDG Leadership Lab with Alexandre, FAO Representative in Cambodia.

Watch the full interview here.


The UN's engagement with youth 'feels different now'

According to Votey, a youth advocate, this new way of leading at the UN gives her 'hope and light' that we can work together as partners. Watch her interview here.

Blogs from the SDG Leadership Lab

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Moving beyond the silos for sustainable development in Cambodia

By Sarah Knibbs, UN Women Country Representative (a.i.)

This week, I joined the SDG Leadership Lab. To be honest, it was deeply refreshing and inspiring. Like the best kinds of learning experience it gave me a powerful combination of fresh ideas and tools with opportunities to reflect on and deepen my commitment to some “knowledge” that I was already holding. Read the full blog here.


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Searching for a strong voice and freedom!

By Socheata Sokun, youth representative at the ECOSOC Forum in NY City

If there was one thing I could change and say to young people in Cambodia, it would be: “Be more confident when raising your voices and concerns, even if you are in a room with all the big people. Just don’t be afraid! Because You have the power to change the world to a better place!” Read the full blog here.



Photos from the SDG Leadership Lab


To download photos from the Lab, please follow the link here.