11 April 2012, Geneva, Switzerland – Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication will be one of the main themes for the upcoming 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place from 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As countries are showing increasing attention to new patterns of development, UNITAR and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have recently announced a new e-learning course entitled “Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts, Principles and Applications”, that will take place from 14 May to 22 June 2012.

 This partnership e-course has been designed for a wide audience of civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics 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.

 The specific learning objectives of this course include:

  • Define the concept of a green economy and explain its value
  • Describe social, environmental and economic benefits of advancing a green economy
  • Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  • Provide examples of successful green economy investments, initiatives and projects
  • Identify principal challenges and opportunities for greening key economic sectors
  • Describe national planning processes in support of a green transformation
  • 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
Registration is open until 7 May 2012. 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.