22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - On the final day of the Rio+20 Summit, an interactive dialogue entitled “What Happens on Monday” took place to take stock of the outcomes of Rio and discuss opportunities for taking implementation forward. The event convened by Stakeholder Forum brought together more than 200 governmental and non-governmental stakeholders with goal to advance information sharing and networking. UNITAR/ UN CC:Learn contributed to the dialogue with an intervention on training and skills development for a green and climate resilient transition.
In the opening session Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico, pointed out that participation of Major Groups was crucial for the success of international negotiation processes like the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD) and that Mexico was committed to further advancing the democratization of international governance. Mr. Derek Osborn, Director, Stakeholder Forum, highlighted that Major Groups had not only a role to play in decision-making but even more importantly in implementing outcomes and advancing the sustainable development agenda.
A focus of the conference was on learning from examples of successful implementation strategies and sharing plans for future efforts. Mr. Achim Halpaap, Associate Director and Head, Environment Unit, UNITAR said that the Rio+20 outcome document included several important reference on training and skills development for green development. UN agencies were scaling up their efforts to support Member States in this area through inter-agency collaboration. As examples, Mr. Halpaap introduced UN CC:Learn, a collaboration of 32 multilateral organizations to advance global knowledge sharing and national capacity development to strengthen climate change and the Inter-agency Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Skills Development that advocates international partnerships and cooperation / collaboration for promoting the necessary capacities in TVET and skills development.
Mr. Halpaap announced that as a contribution to international action in the area of green training and skills development UNITAR will team up with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other international partners to organize in 2013 an “International Knowledge Sharing Forum on Training and Skills Development for Green and Climate Resilient Jobs”. The event will bring together international and national organizations offering relevant training services with representatives from partner countries to discuss how training approaches and resources can best meet country needs. The workshop will also explore how to organize and sustain knowledge sharing concerning green training and skills development. Coordination of the event will be undertaken through UN CC:Learn and the Inter-agency Working Group on Greening TVET and Skills Development, and seek to engage other interested stakeholders outside of the UN.
Photo 1: Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico