Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

Learning and Skills Strategies for a Green and Climate Resilient Transition: Advancing National and International Action

UN CSD Side Event, Rio de Janeiro

Saturday, 16 June 2012, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Rio Centro, Room P3-6

Organized through collaboration of UNITAR, the Secretariat of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and UN CC:Learn Partners

Drawing upon the recommendations of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, the side event brings together decision-makers and experts to discuss approaches and challenges of strengthening human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. Following introductory statement by panelists, an open discussion will focus on identifying opportunities for action at the national and international levels to foster a strategic approach to learning and skills development that advances a green transition, including possible action at Rio and beyond Rio.


Welcome remarks by Achim Halpaap, Associate Director, Training Department and Head, Environment Unit, UNITAR

Part 1: Panel Presentations

  • Veerle Vandeweerd (Moderator), Director, Environment and Energy Group, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Hajiya Amina Az-Zubair, former Advisor to the President of Nigeria on MDGs, Member of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • Kees van der Ree, Coordinator, Green Jobs Global Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Omar Ramirez Tejada, Secretary of State and Executive Vice President, National Council for Climate Change, Dominican Republic. Presentation delivered by Dr. Víctor Viñas, Director of the Climate Change Office of the Minister of Environment.
  • Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Founder and Director, Centre for Environment Education in India
  • Discussant statements

Part 2: Open Discussion

The second part of the side event features an open discussion on two sets of questions:

  1. What action is needed to strengthen national education and training systems to scale up learning through national institutions, the private sector, and other relevant organizations?
  2. What can be expected from the Rio plus 20 outcome in terms of advancing the learning and skills agenda? Beyond Rio, what can international development partners do to advance this agenda in practice and how can it be included in the post 2015 framework?  

Sponsored by the Government of Switzerland through its support of the 2011-2013 Pilot Phase of UN CC:Learn