Inter-Agency E-learning Course on the Green Economy

25 April 2013. The concept of a green economy is receiving increasing international attention as countries continue to explore development opportunities that take into account economic, social and environmental sustainability considerations. The ability of national actors to act on the green economy is key for effective policy making and achieving tangible results. To address this challenge, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is working closely with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in a new Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), with a focus on national capacity development. In order to provide interested stakeholders with an introduction to the green economy concept UNITAR, together with PAGE partners, is delivering an interactive e-learning course from 27 May to 19 July 2013. The course is now open for registration.

This e-course “Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts and Applications” aims for maximum flexibility, adapted for professionals in full-time work who will learn through a variety of learning activities and experiences. It is designed for a wide audience, including civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics and interested citizens. Participants of this course will learn about different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance towards a low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development. Additionally, participants will begin to develop basic skills for applying the green economy concept in a real world economic, policy and/or personal context.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of a green economy and explain its value
  • Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  • Identify principal challenges and opportunities for greening key economic sectors
  • Describe national planning processes in support of a green transformation
  • Recognize international and regional initiatives and support services to foster green development
  • Apply the green economy concept to a real world economic, policy and/or personal context.

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Please contact the UNITAR Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) at for more information.