Our Mission

UNITAR aims to strengthen the understanding of public officials in all areas of the world regarding Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) frameworks vis-à-vis their roles as policymakers and regulators, especially in the creation of legally binding standards and reporting requirements in their national contexts.

E-Learning Course: Environmental, Social, And Governance Frameworks For Public Officials


This certified e-learning course, “Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Frameworks for Public Officials,” is interactive and self-paced. The overall aim of this course is to build the capacity of policymakers and regulators to foster policy coherence by applying knowledge and best practices to align Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) regulation with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national priorities and enhance the government’s engagement.

It is expected that, by the end of this course, participants will be better positioned to: 

  • Explain what ESG is and its relevance to public sector decision-making processes;  
  • Identify critical environmental, social, and governance issues; 
  • Explain the different roles that the public sector plays and how each of these roles can influence ESG performance in a country; 
  • Apply ESG principles to the design, adoption, and implementation of national-level reporting and disclosure frameworks; 
  • Communicate the importance and impact of ESG frameworks in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


This e-learning course is presented in English and is based on UNITAR’s pedagogical principles. Each module includes an interactive e-lesson, self-assessments, and a set of practice quizzes to assimilate learnings, as well as resources for reference. The learning activities are distributed in such a way as to ensure the achievement of the learning objectives in a flexible manner.

Participant Profile

This course is designed to introduce Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) frameworks to public officials who support sustainable development practices and decision-making in their roles as regulators and policymakers. Civil servants and stakeholders who support broader sustainable development initiatives could also benefit by understanding the future of public sector-imposed ESG frameworks and reporting structures and how they will affect public and private sector operations. 


A certificate of participation will be issued to participants who complete all parts of the course. A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who achieve a minimum total score of 70% in the final comprehensive quiz. 

  • The 2024 session begins on 15 January 2024.

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