UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Inter-agency Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Skills Development

2 April 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Recognizing the need for coordinated action and enhanced knowledge exchange to advance learning for green jobs, the Inter-agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (IAG-TVET) established a working group on ‘Greening TVET and Skills Development’ in December 2011. Given the linkages of UN CC:Learn with work of the group, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invited UNITAR/UN CC:Learn to participate in the collaboration. By joining the group, UNITAR/UN CC:Learn will create linkages between the specialized work undertaken by the group members and UN CC:Learn activities, which include support of five country pilot projects and compilation of a One UN Package of learning resources.

The first Inter-agency Working Group meeting on ‘Greening TVET and Skills Development’ will be taking place in Bonn, Germany from 10-11 April 2012. The aim of the meeting is to encourage further synergies to emphasize the role of TVET in relation to advancing the Sustainable Development agenda. The working group tentatively includes UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Training Foundation (ETF), Cedefop, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank.

UN CC:Learn is a One UN Initiative which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-based and sustainable learning to address climate change through collaboration involving UN agencies and international development partners. UN CC:Learn is included in the ‘One UN Climate Change Action Framework’ of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) through the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP). To date, 32 multilateral organizations are collaborating in UN CC:Learn.

The five UN CC:Learn pilot countries include Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda. Starting in 2012, each country is developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Strengthening capacities in the area of TVET is expected to be an important component of the Strategy in each country.

For more information please contact the UN CC:Learn Secretariat at: (uncclearn@unitar.org).