The ESCAP Knowledge Hub for Sustainable Development

Presentation

The Asia-Pacific region has been at the forefront of much of the world’s recent growth in economic activity, enabling many countries to make significant progress in reducing poverty and enhancing the quality of life for their citizens. However, this growth has primarily been based on environmentally unsustainable, high carbon growth patterns that have strained the carrying capacity of the environmental endowment of countries throughout the region. In response to these issues, Green Growth has been adopted as one of the regional strategies for achieving sustainable development at the 5th and 6th Ministerial Conferences on Environment and Development for Asia and the Pacific. Green Growth is a policy focus for Asia and the Pacific that emphasizes ecologically sustainable economic progress to foster low carbon, socially inclusive development.

In response of the needs of policy makers and stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region, ESCAP, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific have partnered with the Government of the United Kingdom to offer interactive, on-line training courses related to Green Growth.

Objectives

The Green Growth on-line e-Learning facility takes an integrative, multidisciplinary approach towards promoting environmentally-sustainable economic growth. Moreover, the facility is designed to educate participants about the most innovative, cost-effective approaches to Green Growth. Structured around a series of interactive training modules, the curriculum encourages participants to actively reflect on the ways a Green Growth strategy can be adapted to their home country. The modules will enable:

  • The introduction of Green Growth as a solution for addressing the development challenges facing countries in Asia and the Pacific.
  • The familiarization of participants with appropriate tools to measure emerging environmental/economic/social issues in the region.

Facility Learning Methodology and Certificate of Completion

The various training courses offer participants a set of interactive and visually appealing modules. Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of each module, and after submission of a case study documenting examples of policies and actions related to the topic in question. Participants will be coached by an on-line trainer, and will have access to an on-line reference library with readings and video materials on Low Carbon Green Growth and the Economics of Climate Change.

Target Audience

Training is targeted towards middle-level government managers, ministerial officials, private-sector decision makers, NGO’s, academics and other actors, i.e. all stakeholders involved in the country’s transition to Green Growth.