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GG E-Learning Assessment Report - July 2015

Policies and Partnerships | Publications

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the history and progress in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Green Growth Capacity Development Programme to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the programme, with a special emphasis on the online e-learning component. Since 2011, when the online elearning facility has been first launched, there have been several advancements on the ICT market. This can be seen especially from appearance of numerous online e-learning platforms in other UN agencies, as well as other non-UN institutions.

Working Paper - Water Markets Study

Water | Publications

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs have set up an ambitious plan for managing these challenges in an integrated manner. The ambitions SDG 6 targets on Clean Water and Sanitation emerge as a powerful driver for robust water and sanitation infrastructure investments. The Asia-Pacific region, where 277 million people still lack access to safe drinking water sources, and only 65 per cent of the population has access to sanitation, is emerging as the power house for such infrastructure investments, which would stimulate robust economic growth, and support agricultural and industrial growth, and urbanization. The study indicates increased investments in water infrastructure, including 15 per cent growth in the water and sanitation markets, with China emerging as the biggest market in 2025; and India as the fastest growing market. Furthermore, the study provides an overview of the investments in water and sanitation infrastructure, and in water purification and waste water management sectors in particular, and in a number selected countries the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, an overview of investment projects funded by Japan and Republic of Korea in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Working Paper on Integration of SDG 6

Sustainable Urbanization | Publications

Success in achieving targets under SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation will to a large extent depend on understanding of the interdependencies with the other SDGs. This publication presents a systems-thinking-based framework for integration of the SDG 6 targets with the 16 other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 161 targets. The framework aims to assist policy makers in designing integrated and holistic strategies and roadmaps for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs with a focus on SDG 6, by applying tools and methods based on systems thinking. A traditional linear planning does not allow taking into account linkages and interactions of different factors. Most effective changes in systems, however, can be achieved by understanding which interactions result in most desired long term outcomes, thus supporting transitions beyond ‘silo’ approaches. Following the proposed methodology, good leaders will be able to navigate and identify effective “leverage points” in the system’s dynamics for triggering interventions with short and long impacts, while making the most of scarce resources.

Low Carbon Green Growth Executive Summary for Policy Makers - English

SCP | Publications

Low Carbon Green Growth Executive Summary for Policy Makers - English

Case Studies: Water for Life

Water | Case Studies

Green Growth | Capacity Development in The Pacific

Energy | Videos

Pro-poor Green Business Model for Renewable Energy Supply (Biogas) in Samoa

The current economic development model, which is based on rapid economic growth provides very little opportunities for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable to participate in income generating activities and to reduce their poverty. Costs for electricity (if that is actually provided), and fuel for household use is increasing while the use of firewood is laborious and contributes to the degradation of the environment. At the same time, organic waste material (animal, human and kitchen waste) has to be managed, often causing health concerns and pollution to water ways and lagoons.

An integrated approach to addressing these issues is currently being piloted in Samoa by the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) organization, with the support of the Samoan Government, UNESCAP and the Korean Government. A training and demonstration centre is established at the YWAM campus in the Falelauniu community of the Faleata district, to train trainers in the construction and maintenance of biogas digesters, including development of appropriate technology for brick making, storing, transmitting of biogas and electricity, and safety while using local low cost materials.

High Stakes - The Economics of Climate Change

Climate Change | Videos

This video is about the economics of climate change. It explains how countries in the region will be affected by climate change and explores some of the policy options decision-makers can use to adapt to the changes.

Bogota, Colombia - Sustainable Transport System

Sustainable Urbanization | Videos

Bogotá, Columbia, Building a sustainable transport system. This video explains how the Mayor of Bogotá decided to invest public funds in a new rapid bus system and pedestrian areas rather than building new roads.

Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

What is Green Growth?
Green Growth is a policy focus for the Asia and Pacific region that emphasizes environmentally sustainable economic progress to foster low-carbon, socially inclusive development.

Where is Green Growth?
Green Growth is a globally relevant approach to sustainable economic growth that was developed in Asia. It is imperative that countries in the Asia and Pacific region continue their economic growth to alleviate poverty and to achieve social progress. However, increased environmental degradation, climate change and diminishing natural resources require an unconventional approach to support the export-driven economic activities of the region.

Why Green Growth?
The Asia and Pacific region has been at the forefront of the 21st century surge in economic growth, a situation driven primarily by exports and which has led to expanded production requirements needed to fuel an ever increasing amount of trade. This has significantly compounded the environmental carrying capacity pressures of many countries in the region. These countries are now shouldering an increasingly greater share of regional and global environmental production-related burdens. Coupled with evolving production patterns, these impacts are driving changes in consumption patterns in these countries and policies are needed to ensure that these developments will be environmentally sustainable. The past axiom of "grow first,clean up later", can not apply in a region that has such a limited natural resource base and a rapidly growing population directly dependent on natural resources. In light of the recent fuel, food and financial crisis is now imperative for countries in the region to reassess their development paths.

How to Achieve Green Growth?
In order to achieve Green Growth it is crucial to change development approaches from 'grow first, clean up later' to a more responsible long-term attitude. Governments can promote this by encouraging economic growth with an emphasis on environmental and social concerns.

Bogota, Building a Sustainable City | PBS Design e2

Sustainable Urbanization | Videos

Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world's most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.

Energy for a Developing World, Grameen Shakti | PBS Energy e2

Energy | Videos

A cleaner energy future depends, in large part, on responsible energy consumption in the developing world. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis, empowering women and the poor in the process.

London, The Price of Traffic and Road Pricing | PBS Design e2

Sustainable Urbanization | Videos

As of 2008, cities were responsible for about 80% of greenhouse gas emissions and consumed roughly 75% of the world's energy. Given that half of humanity lives in cities and that number is expected to grow to two-thirds by the year 2030, local policymakers in cities have a unique opportunity to affect the global climate crisis for better or worse. Ken Livingston, the first directly elected mayor of London, has taken advantage of that opportunity to institute a number of policies that respond to London's growth while also improving its livability.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development-Green Transformation: Green Schools

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development in Mongolia, had to say on green transformation – specifically Green Schools.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Bhutan Public Policy

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Kesang Wangdi, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Royal Bhutanes Embassy Thailand, had to say on green transformation – specifically Bhutan’s Public Policy.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Disaster Response

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator of Asia and Pacific Forum on Women in Law and Development Thailand, had to say on green transformation – specifically Disaster Response.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Education

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Helen Hangena, Director in Ieitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency in Papua New Guinea, had to say on green transformation – specifically Education.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Local Consumption

SCP | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Roli Mahajan, Volunteer in UN Major Group for Children and Youth in India, had to say on green transformation – specifically Local Consumption.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Responsible Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Meena Bilgi, Core Associate in Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management in India, had to say on green transformation – specifically Responsible Agriculture.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Isagani Serrano, Convener of Social Watch Philippines, had to say on green transformation – specifically Sustainable Agriculture.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development- Green Transformation: Farmer to Farmer

Sustainable Agriculture | Videos

The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held from 19 to 21 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand. Discussions aligned with the theme of “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Here is what Marjorie Pamintuan, General Secretary of Asia Pacific Research Network in the Philippines, had to say on green transformation – specifically Farmer to Farmer.

Green Growth and Quality of Growth | UNESCAP Mr Chung

Policies and Partnerships | Videos

Interview of Mr Rae Kwon Chung - Director, ESCAP, Environment and Development Division - on green growth and quality of growth.

Case Studies: Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture | Case Studies