Sustainable development in the African continent faces challenges related to consumption and production. This course introduces participants to key sectors, such as energy and agriculture, as well as policies and international frameworks to foster more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Self-paced course

6 hours hours

Welcome!

In this course, we will go on a journey to Africa and and discuss what are the challenges and outlooks for sustainable development on the continent. The course introduces you to the key approaches, policies and international frameworks that aim to unlock more sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP).

We will cover a number of aspects and various thematic areas: from energy efficiency – to climate-smart agriculture, from SCP tools, policies and international agreements – to behavioral change of individuals.

Our path consists of five modules, each divided into several lessons. For more information on the course structure, methodology, learning objectives and completion requirements, please download the course syllabus. If you encounter any technical difficulty or if you have any questions, please consult our help page.

What you will learn

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of SCP and explain its value for Africa and globally
  • Distinguish key elements of effective policies for SCP
  • Discuss how can SCP be advanced specific sectors and areas
  • Explain the role of consumers and individual choices for SCP
  • Identify global and regional initiatives that promote SCP

The course at a glance

  • Module 1

    Introduction to SCP: Definition, Rationale and Fundamentals

  • Module 2

    Designing and Implementing National SCP Policies and Action Plans

  • Module 3

    Applying Policies for Sustainable Production: Addressing the Supply Side

  • Module 4

    Applying Policies for Sustainable Consumption: Addressing the Demand Side

  • Module 5

    International and Regional Collaboration to Achieve SCP

Patrick Mwesigye<br /> Regional Coordinator, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), Regional Office for Africa, UN Environment

Alice Kaudia<br /> Co-Founder and Executive Director, Eco entrepreneurs Ltd., Former Environment Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, KENYA, and Co-Chair: Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

Jane Nyakang’o<br /> Director, Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre (KNCPC) and President, African Round Table on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP)

Charles Arden-Clarke<br /> Head, 10YFP Secretariat, Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch, UN Environment

Dirk Wagener<br /> Coordinator, Resource Efficiency & Sustainable Consumption and Production, UN Environment

Methodology

The course is adapted for adults and particularly suitable for anyone working (or interested in working) in the field of sustainability, climate change, resource efficiency, rural or urban development, community engagement, policy development, training and capacity development, or international cooperation.

Participants are provided with the opportunity to learn through various experiences: absorb (read and watch); interact (lessons); and reflect (quizzes and exercises).

To successfully complete the course and gain a certificate of completion, participants have to obtain a passing grade of 70% or above to all 5 assessment quizzes (3 attempts are allowed for each quiz).

 

Special thanks to the UN Environment and the SWITCH Africa Green project, funded by the European Parliament, for supporting the development and delivery of this course.

UN CC:Learn has revamped its flagship Introductory e-course on Climate Change. New features, tools, videos, and interactive lessons have been added. The instructors will facilitate the learning experience by bringing their practical knowledge and relevant information on climate change into dynamic and engaging lessons.

After six successful years, UN CC:Learn has revamped its flagship Introductory e-course on Climate Change, making it available in three languages: English, Spanish and French. Since its launch in 2014, more than 100,000 people have registered and over 15,000 certificates have been issued, making it the most successful course in the UN CC:Learn portfolio.

From youth climate movements to the rise of environmentally friendly habits, people are more aware of climate change and its consequences than ever and are taking and demanding concrete action. In order to continue to offer the most engaging learning experience, the new course, titled Climate Change: From Learning to Action, improved on the original in several dimensions: 1) inclusion of new and up-to-date information (e.g. NDC process, youth engagement); 2) improved design and usability; 3) more practical use and interactivity for learners.

The e-course aims to enhance climate literacy across all sectors of society; therefore, it is open to anyone interested, from those who would like to learn more about the subject to those who want to turn their knowledge into action to take a stand against this issue. Upon completion of the six modules, users will be able to:

• Explain what climate change is;

• Describe how we plan to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change;

• Identify opportunities for low carbon development;

• Identify ways to plan and finance climate actions;

• Explain how climate negotiations work;

• Formulate a climate pledge, project or policy.

Each module is composed of 4 to 5 learning units featuring a mix of tools that deliver key content and engage the learners.  As part of the course, participants are also invited to develop a concrete action plan or project to tackle climate change.

Each module, which can be accessed in random order, answers a specific question:

• What is climate change and how does it affect us?

• How to adapt to climate change?

• How to mitigate climate change?

• How to plan and finance action on climate change?

• How do climate change negotiations work?

• How to tackle climate change in practice?

The course remains self-paced and free of charge. It takes an average of 8 hours to complete. However, users have the possibility to take only the modules that interest them most. A quiz at the end of each module allows participants to measure the achievement of the learning objectives. A certificate of completion is awarded to learners who score 70% or higher in all six quizzes.

Take up “Climate Change: From Learning to Action” in English, Spanish and French.

Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into budget preparation has become essential for many governments around the world. This course provides an introduction to how governments can respond to the climate change challenge through better budgeting.

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  • Climate Change
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Tutorial

0.45 hours

WELCOME!

This tutorial introduces how governments can respond to the climate change challenge through better budgeting, which integrates climate change risks and opportunities into budget preparation.

The tutorial is divided into five sections, and it takes around 30 minutes to complete all sections.

Partners

The tutorial has been developed under the UNDP Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable (2012-16) programme, with support from the Government of Sweden. The content is based on methodological work by Kit Nicholson.

The national budget plays a critical role in a country’s climate change response. This course aims to build an understanding of the links between climate policy and public finance, and includes specific recommendations for government officials.

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  • Adaptation
  • Climate Change
  • Finance

Tutorial

0.45 hours

Welcome!

This tutorial aims to build understanding of the links between climate policy and public finance, as the national budget plays a critical role in a country’s climate change response.

The tutorial is divided into five sections, and it takes around 30 minutes to complete all sections.

Partners

The tutorial has been developed by UNITAR as part of the regional project “Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Benefit the Poor and Vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific,” implemented by UNDP with financial support from the Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA).

The aviation sector accounts for a significant amount of CO2 emissions. This course aims to build an understanding of the importance of States’ Action Plans to address CO2 emissions from the international aviation sector.

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Tutorial

0.45 hours

Welcome!

This e-tutorial aims to build an understanding of the importance of States’ Action Plans to address CO2 emissions from the international aviation sector. By establishing close cooperation among all stakeholders, it will help facilitate the selection, adoption and implementation of the most appropriate measures to reduce the CO2 emissions.

Partners

The tutorial has been developed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Action Plans will support the improvement of efficiency and thereby contribute to the global environmental aspirational goals established by the ICAO Assembly.

 

The urgent climate action that the world needs requires significant financial resources. This course provides an overview of climate finance, including what it is, and how and where countries access different sources of financing.

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  • Climate Change
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Tutorial

0.45 hours

Welcome!

This tutorial introduces the concept of climate finance.

Who should take this course:

  • The engaged public and practitioners with an interest in understanding climate finance.
  • Policy-makers and adaptation planners wanting to increase their understanding on sources
    of funds for climate action.
  • Policy-makers and experts attending face-to-face trainings on “Climate change adaptation finance”

Partners

This tutorial is a learning initiative of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)and part of the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).  The NAP-GSP is a joint programme, implemented by UNDP and UN Environment, in collaboration with other UN Agencies to assist countries with their NAP processes.  The programme is funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).

Completion

This course does not have a learning assessment therefore no certificate of completion will be issued.

Realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires US$5-7 trillion a year. It is imperative to demonstrate the potential benefits of sustainable investments and attract investors. This course presents key elements of sustainable finance, such as green bond markets and other tools.

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Self-paced course

2 hours

Welcome

The Strategic Alliance on Green Bond Market Development in G20 Emerging Economies (STA), a partnership between Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) are pleased to present this new e-learning course on Sustainable Finance.

This interactive and practice-oriented course covers the basics of Sustainable Finance while providing several opportunities to dive deeper. It shares valuable insights of the Strategic Alliance of GIZ and SEB and our technical partner CICERO, gained during activities in emerging economies and interactions with market participants worldwide. You will also learn about examples of UN-supported initiatives to promote sustainable finance in countries like Mongolia and Indonesia. The course is designed for interested participants from governments, financial sector, businesses, and civil society.

What you will learn

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe, understand and discuss current developments and trends in the area of sustainable finance;
  • Distinguish between different types of sustainable finance products and relevant eligibility criteria;
  • Discuss opportunities, challenges, and enabling conditions for countries to benefit from growing sustainable investment opportunities;
  • Identify opportunities for the public and private sectors to issue green bonds and green loans;
  • Apply sustainable finance mechanisms to a real-life investment case study.

The course at a glance

This course is presented in three modules:

  • 1. Fundamentals of Sustainable Finance

    Five lessons introducing sustainable finance and its potential to achieve the Sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement.

  • 2. Sustainable Finance Market

    Four interactive lessons about the functions, stakeholders and regulations that govern the sustainable finance market.

  • 3. Sustainable Finance Products

    Three interactive lessons explaining Green Bonds and Green Loans in detail.

Completion Requirements

To complete the course and get your certificate, you will need to:

1. Take and pass three quizzes with minimum 70%.

2. Download your certificate directly from the ‘Achievements’ page.

Partners

This course has been developed by the GIZ-SEB Strategic Alliance (STA) on Green Bond Market Development in G20 Emerging Economies and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a One UN initiative bringing together UN Environment, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, and UNITAR.

partners

We would like to acknowledge STA and PAGE funding partners who have made the development of this course possible: 


A special thanks to the following institutions for their review, time and commitment: 


More about the Strategic Alliance on Green Bond Market Development (STA)

The Strategic Alliance on Green Bond Market Development in G20 Emerging Economies is a develoPPP.de partnership between SEB AB and GIZ where the latter has worked for three years for the public benefit to support the development of robust and sustainable green bond markets in emerging economies.

GIZ approach is to raise awareness and build competence among the different market actors through trainings, bilateral advisory support, as well as through knowledge product such as research, publications, webinars and this e-learning.

The Nordic Financial Services Group SEB AB collaborated with The World Bank and a handful of Institutional Investors throughout 2007/2008, in developing the World Banks first Green Bond, which is broadly seen as a cornerstone for engaging Institutional Investors mainstream portfolios in Climate  Investments. As a top leading structural advisor and one of the leading underwriters, SEB led a number of path-breaking Green Bond issuances, including the first municipal Green Bond, the first non-supranational Green Bond and the first corporate Green Bond. Moreover, SEB is one of the founding banks of the Green Bond Principles. It’s a member of The Green and Social Bonds Executive Committee and previously led the Working Group on External Reviews. Both SEB and SEBs clients have received a large number o awards for their issuances from institutions such as Global Capital, CBI, Environmental Finance and IFR.

GIZ is a German public-benefit federal enterprise that works jointly with governments, international organizations, businesses, civil society actors and research institutions worldwide to foster international cooperation for sustainable development. Through the develoPPP.de programme, we work on behalf of  the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with the private sector supporting innovative projects in developing and emerging economies for sustainable development.

More about the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was launched in 2013 as a response to the call at  Rio+20 to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories.

PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.

PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.

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The Government of Zambia, with support from the Climate Investment Funds’ Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), has been successful in advancing climate-resilient development.  Through the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), Zambia has been able to climate-proof its infrastructure, improve climate information services, and build the climate resilience of rural populations along the Kafue and Barotse sub-basins of the Zambezi River.

The Government of Zambia, with support from the Climate Investment Funds’ Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), has been successful in advancing climate-resilient development.  Through the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), Zambia has been able to climate-proof its infrastructure, improve climate information services, and build the climate resilience of rural populations along the Kafue and Barotse sub-basins of the Zambezi River.

To share the lessons from the PPCR experience and bring the voices of all the partners that have contributed to its success, the government of Zambia held a “Climate Resilience Mainstreaming” conference on the 4th – 6th November 2019 under the theme “Resilience Ready – Zambia’s Vision 2030” at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia. This event provided an opportunity for the task team supporting the new national UN CC:Learn project to collect insights from the 10-year PPCR implementation as well as brief all participants on the development of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy of Zambia, as a key instrument to promote the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and ultimately strengthen climate resilience in the country.

The event brought together stakeholders from government, private sector, community, and international development professionals to encourage deeper engagement and urgent action on adaptation and enhance private sector investments in resilience.

The 2.5-day workshop was attended by over 200 participants, which included four Ministers (including the Minister of National Development Planning and Minister of Land and Natural Resources), over 20 Members of Parliament, and many other senior officials including Permanent Secretaries and Directors.

Key highlights from the workshop included:

  • A strong recognition of climate change impacts in Zambia – heavier rains, more frequent droughts, extreme temperatures have brought negative impacts on livelihoods, health and poverty. The country suffers a severe lack of water due to insufficient rainfall in the past 3 years. Last summer, there have been severe power outages (up to 15 hours every day) due to Zambia’s dependence on hydro-power and a drought in southern and western Zambia. The impact on businesses, health and overall welfare was palpable and was a core underlying theme throughout the workshop.
  • A focus on systemic change, scale and sustainability. Day 1 of the workshop focused on sharing lessons from the PPCR experience in Zambia through speakers from the MNDP, CIF, World Bank, and the AfDB. The speakers underscored the importance of resilience mainstreaming, cross-ministerial collaboration and learning, continued stakeholder engagement, and community driven participatory approaches.
  • An impromptu exchange during the workshop led by Permanent Secretary of MNDP, Mr Chola Chabala, with his department heads led to sharing of status updates on resilience mainstreaming across ministries.
  • A focus on how to encourage private sector investments in resilience efforts (Day 2). Participants from PPCR in Bangladesh, Nepal, Niger, and Tajikistan shared models of success from their respective countries which led to several questions about the potential to replicate these successes in Zambia. Representatives from the Zambia private sector also participated in the conversation and shared their insights on the barriers and opportunities to create stronger business incentives in adaptation and resilience.

During Day 3, the UN CC:Learn team presented the project and share the early findings as part of the development of a National Climate Change Learning strategy. This was very timely as several interventions throughout the workshop related to the need to mainstream learning about climate change and resilience in academic institutions.

The workshop was captured through a video

Dans le but d’adopter une approche plus stratégique de l’apprentissage sur le changement climatique, le gouvernement du Kenya a officiellement rejoint le partenariat UN CC:Learn et lancé son projet national UN CC:Learn.

Le Kenya est un pays qui joue un rôle de premier plan dans la lutte contre le changement climatique, avec plusieurs politiques nationales déjà en place, et qui participe activement à de multiples initiatives internationales. Dans le but de renforcer les processus existants en adoptant une approche plus stratégique de l’apprentissage sur le changement climatique, le gouvernement du Kenya a officiellement rejoint le partenariat CC:Learn des Nations Unies en 2018. Le projet UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) et le National Adaptation Plan (NAP) du Kenya seront mis en œuvre selon une approche multipartite et intersectorielle sous la direction de la Direction du changement climatique du Ministère de l’environnement et des forêts, en collaboration avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) et l’équipe de pays des Nations Unies.

Pour maximiser les synergies et les impacts, le projet CC:Learn des Nations Unies sera étroitement aligné sur un nouveau programme du Fonds vert pour le climat (GCF) et du plan d’adaptation national (PAN), soutenu par la FAO, et intitulé “Renforcement des capacités de planification et de la mise en œuvre efficace de l’adaptation au changement climatique au Kenya”. Ce programme triennal vise à renforcer les capacités techniques et institutionnelles de la planification de l’adaptation dans les principaux ministères, départements et organismes, et à consolider la base des connaissances existantes sur la planification nationale de l’adaptation, en fournissant des résultats fondés sur des faits pour les PANs et à collaborer avec le secteur privé pour soutenir les efforts d’adaptation.

L’événement de lancement des projets GCF NAP Readiness et UN CC:Learn, donnant officiellement le coup d’envoi des deux initiatives, a eu lieu le 29 avril 2019, à Nairobi, Kenya. L’événement a réuni plusieurs représentants gouvernementaux et non gouvernementaux pour discuter des deux projets et de leurs liens, ainsi que de la planification de leur mise en œuvre.

With the aim of taking a more strategic approach to climate change learning, the Government of Kenya officially joined the UN CC:Learn partnership and launched its national UN CC:Learn project.

Kenya is a leading country in taking action on climate change, having several dedicated national policies and being actively engaged in multiple international initiatives. With the aim of strengthening existing processes by taking a more strategic approach to climate change learning, the Government of Kenya officially joined the UN CC:Learn Partnership in 2018. The UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) of Kenya will be implemented through a multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral approach under the leadership of the Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Country Team.

To maximize synergies and impacts, the UN CC:Learn project will closely align with new FAO-supported GCF NAP Readiness Programme “Enhancing Capacity for Planning and Effective Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation in Kenya”. This 3-year programme aims at enhancing technical and institutional capacities for adaptation planning in key Ministries, Department and Agencies, strengthening the existing knowledge base on national adaptation planning, providing evidence-based results for NAPs, and engaging with the private sector to support adaptation efforts.

The Launch Event of the GCF NAP Readiness and UN CC:Learn Projects, officially kick-starting both initiatives, took place on 29 April 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together several governmental and non-governmental representatives to discuss the two projects and their linkages, as well as plan for their implementation.