As part of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, SDSN facilitated a SD-Learning workshop on July 2, 2015. The course “Getting started with the SDGs: Charting a course for implementation” was discussion-based and covered a series of mechanisms to guide the planning process for national governments in preparation of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals at the upcoming General Assembly. More specifically, the course first explored the need to engage the whole of society in national planning as well as the need for inclusive mechanisms of participation. Discussions focused on how this process creates ownership across sectors, enabling greater collaboration, creating common vision and language. The second part of the course focused on the localization of goals and targets in preparation of the SDGs. Lastly, the importance of strengthening data management systems and monitoring and evaluation processes were highlighted to advance evidence-based learning, whilst ensuring accountability and transparency. Key outcomes from the session will be used to further inform the development of SDSN’s “Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide to National Planning” project, which will be launched in September 2015.