26 September 2012. As the rapid economic development of the Asia-Pacific region has proved to be highly environmentally unsustainable, regional policy-makers have adopted Green Growth as a policy focus that emphasizes ecologically sustainable economic progress to foster low carbon, socially inclusive development. In response to the need for training of key stakeholders in this area, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and AIT-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) have partnered with the Government of the United Kingdom to offer an On-line e-Learning Facility for Green Growth Capacity Development.
The on-line facility takes an integrative, multidisciplinary approach and is designed to educate participants about the most innovative, cost-effective approaches to Green Growth. It comprises 4 online courses on:
- Fundamentals of Green Growth
- Liveable Cities
- Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap
- Sustaining Growth
Structured around a series of interactive training modules, the curriculum encourages participants to actively reflect on the ways a Green Growth strategy can be adapted to their home country. The modules enable: 1) the introduction of Green Growth as a solution for addressing the development challenges facing countries in Asia and the Pacific; and 2) the familiarization of participants with appropriate tools to measure emerging environmental/economic/social issues in the region.
Training is targeted towards middle-level government managers, ministerial officials, private-sector decision makers, NGO’s, academics and other actors. Participants are coached by an on-line trainer, and have access to an on-line reference library with readings and video materials on Low Carbon Green Growth and the Economics of Climate Change. Certificates are issued upon successful completion of each module, and after submission of a case study documenting examples of policies and actions related to the topic in question.
The development of the facility has been supported by various partners, including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (UNECWA), the Seoul Initiative (SINGG), the SWITCH-Asia Programme, the presidential Committee on Green Growth of the Republic of Korea, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).