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UNEP Green EconomyThe concept of a green economy is receiving increasing international attention, as countries explore new patterns of development 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, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is working closely with UNEP, ILO and UNIDO in a new Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), with a focus on national capacity development.

In order to provide interested stakeholders from government, business, civil society and academia with an introduction to the green economy concept UNITAR, together with PAGE partners, is delivering an interactive e-learning course from 21 October - 13 December 2013.


Participants will learn about different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance 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.

Content and Structure

The course is composed of 5 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to a Green Economy: Rationale, Concepts and Principles
  • Module 2: Enabling Conditions for Advancing a Green Economy
  • Module 3: Greening the Economy: Sectors and Strategies
  • Module 4: Developing a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy
  • Module 5: International Developments and Support to Advance a Green Economy

The total number of learning hours is 40 over an 8 week period. Weeks 1-5 encompass the 5 Modules listed above. Weeks 6-8 are reserved for wrap-up and completing course assignments.

Learning Methodology and Activities

The course is adapted to professionals in full-time work. Participants are provided with the opportunity to learn through various experiences: absorb (read); do (activity); interact (socialize); and reflect (relate to one’s own reality). The reading of an e-book is complemented by a range of learning activities and experiences that include interactive exercises, discussion forums, and an applied case study.

  • Assessment tests appraise the comprehension of the key facts and concepts at the end of each module.
  • Discussion forums foster interaction and reflection on a specific issue selected either by the course moderator or participants.
  • An applied case study provides participants with the opportunity to apply the green economy concept in the framework of a real world situation. Participants will identify the problem context, relevant issues, define appropriate measures, and develop a green action plan for a particular setting. Each case study is peer-reviewed by a group of course participants.

Registration and Additional Information

Please contact the UNITAR Environmental Governance Programme for details about fellowships and course registration at envgov@unitar.org.
To register please visit our Online Event Section.

Deadline for registration: 06 June 2014.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be issued by UNITAR to all participants who complete the course-related assignments and assessments successfully.

Technical Requirements

Access to internet is an essential condition for participation. UNITAR also recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses:

  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader
  2. Adobe Flash Player
  3. Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac) or Open Office
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher or Firefox 3.6 or higher
  • Modem: 56 K

Note that JavaScript, Cookies and Pop-ups must be enabled.

Related Events

In connection to this e-learning course the ILO is offering a distance learning course focussing entirely on green jobs (Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices - 31 March – 09 May 2014). For more information see www.itcilo.org/greenjobs.