24 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland. The concept of a green economy enjoys increasing international attention, as countries explore new patterns of development taking into account economic, social and environmental sustainability considerations. To address this challenge, UNITAR is working closely with UNEP, ILO and UNIDO in a new Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), focusing on national capacity development. Together with PAGE partners, UNITAR is delivering the e-learning course “Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications”, from 13 April -06 June 2014.

This partnership e-course has been designed for a wide audience of civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics, private sector representatives and interested citizens. It aims at enhancing participants’ knowledge of 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, the future e-students will begin to develop basic skills for applying the green economy concept in a real world economic, policy and/or personal context.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of a green economy and explain its value
  • Distinguish relevant  planning processes in support of a green transformation
  • Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  • Discuss principal challenges and opportunities to advance a green economy
  • Recognize the range of international and regional green initiatives and support services to foster green development
  • Apply the green economy concept to a real world economic, policy and/or personal context

A recent review of the course by independent experts in the sphere of e-learning and adult education atested to its high standards by awarding the course with the ECB Check Certification, an internationally recognized standard on quality of e-learning education.

Registration is open until 06 April 2014. To facilitate the participation of individuals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and non-profit organizations, a number of fellowships will be awarded. Comprehensive information and registration details are available on the UNITAR Online Catalogue.

Please contact the UNITAR Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) at envgov@unitar.org for more information.