Green Economy and Climate Change Programme

UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme offers a range of services, including executive training, capacity development for education and training institutions, support for national learning strategies, learning methodology development, and knowledge-sharing. Activities are carried out through partnerships with other UN organizations, bilateral development partners, as well as leading learning institutions and think tanks.

The current cornerstones of Green Development and Climate Change Programme comprise:

  • UN CC:Learn: Servicing a One UN approach to climate change learning and skills development including collaborative work in 8 partner countries.
  • Climate Change Capacity Development Network: Applied research and knowledge sharing through a global network of Centers of Excellence.
  • National Adaptation Planning: Capacity development support for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for identifying, financing, and implementing adaptation actions.
  • Climate Policy and Public Finance:  Targeted skills development to promote the effective allocation and use of public finance in support of national climate change objectives.
  • National Engagement with the UNFCCC:  Development and execution of tailor-made courses that address priority learning needs in partner countries.
  • REDD+ Academya capacity development initiative which seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground.
  • Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE): Support to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking.
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): Scaling up learning at the regional level in Asia, Africa and Latin America through dedicated e-learning products.
  • Learning Materials on Green Economy: Green Economy is attracting the attention of policy-makers, stakeholders, and business agents from around the world. The number of countries developing and implementing green economy strategies is growing. But do you know what green economy means in practice? Or what are the approaches to ensure successful green economy policies? Check out these learning materials on the topic.

Chemicals and Waste Management Programme

  • Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM): In February 2006, the International Conference on Chemicals Management endorsed the Strategic Approach setting the stage for continued assistance to countries to meet the SAICM's 2020 goal of sound chemicals management. UNITAR offers assistance to countries for a variety of identified enabling activities for SAICM
  • Mercury:  Since 2007, UNITAR has delivered training in countries on the development of mercury emissions inventories. UNITAR also supports countries to accelerate the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and prepare initial assessments for implementation of the Convention.
  • Nanotechnology: Working within the framework of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), UNITAR has implemented since 2009 a range of activities to support developing countries to raise awareness on nanosafety issues and consider the implications of nano-based and nano-containing products traded across borders.  Core funding for these activities has been generously provided by the Government of Switzerland.
  • Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR): The goal of UNITAR’s PRTR Programme is to assist countries in the design and implementation of national PRTRs through multi-stakeholder processes. In collaboration with IOMC, UNITAR developed a 6-step training methodology to design a national PRTR system.
  • Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions: To support the implementation of the Stockholm Convention, UNITAR assists countries to strengthen the fundamentals of chemicals management in a number of areas; provides technical assistance in specialized areas such as PCB management and implementation of the Basel Ban Amendment; and encourages integrated approaches involving all relevant ministries and stakeholders.
  • Waste Management: The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC UNEP), in collaboration with UNITAR, have prepared "Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies".
  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS): In response to growing requests from developing countries for capacity development to implement the GHS, UNITAR and ILO initiated in 2001 the "UNITAR/ILO Global GHS Capacity Building Programme". The Programme provides training on the development of situation/gap analyses, national GHS implementation strategies, legislation, chemical hazard classification, labelling, safety data sheets (SDS), as well as related support measures such as comprehensibility testing.

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