• Lead-organizer: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 16 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-6

National Learning and Skills Strategies to Advance a Green Transition

Organizing partners

The event is organized by UNITAR, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Global Sustainability Panel and multi-lateral partners participating in UN CC:Learn which include CEB, EMG, FAO, GEF, IDB, IFAD, ILO, ITU, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNESCWA UNFCCC, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNISDR, UNITAR, UNSSC, UNU, UN WOMEN, UNWTO, UPU, WFP, WHO, WMO, WTO, and the World Bank.


The transition to inclusive, green and climate resilient development creates unprecedented needs, challenges and opportunities for strengthening human resources and skills development. This critical human capacity development dimension of green development has received specific attention in several recent international flagship reports, including:

? the report of the Secretary-General?s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability ?Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing? (2012);

? the 2012 UNEP foresight report ?21 Issues for the 21st Century? (2012);

? the ILO report ?Skills for Green Jobs: A Global View (2011)?; and the

? UN Environmental Management Group (EMG) report ?Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A United Nations System-wide Perspective? (2012).

Detailed programme

The proposed side-event aims to identify good practices and lessons-learned for enhancing country-driven human resource and skills development to implement the outcome of the Rio plus 20 Conference and advance green, climate resilient and sustainable development. The event focuses specifically on opportunities for strategic approaches at the national level that facilitate cross-sectoral integration, strengthening of national learning institutions, and ensuring stakeholder participation.

Questions for Discussion:

Taking into account experience gained through internationally supported initiatives to strengthen country capacities to support learning and skills development to advance a green and climate resilient transition, the side-event will feature an interactive discussion around the following questions:

1. What are main reasons for prevailing human resource and skills gaps to advance green and climate resilient development?
2. What are examples of internationally supported skills development initiatives that met country needs and achieved results? What factors determined success? Are there lessons-learned of what should be avoided?
3. How can learning be integrated into national processes and systems (e.g. sectoral strategies)? Are their successful examples?
4. What role can national education and training institutions play in delivering learning action? What opportunities exist for South-South/North-South/triangular cooperation?
5. What is needed to strengthen the Rio plus 20 outcome in these matters and influence the post-2015 discussions?

The discussion will, inter alia, draw upon the experience gained through UN-supported country-based pilot projects in Benin, Dominican Republic, Malawi, Uganda, and Indonesia to develop a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource and Skills Development to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development, through multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Structure of Side Event:

The side event would have three parts. (i) Part 1 would feature a brief overview of collaborative UN initiatives which focus on country-driven learning and skills development. (ii) The second - and main part - of the event would feature a moderated panel discussion with representatives from partner countries, including representatives of national learning institutions and major groups/social partners centering around the above guiding questions. (iii) The event would conclude with an open discussion on key considerations that should be taken into account in enhancing country-driven human resource and skills development to implement the outcome of the Rio plus 20 Conference.

Panel speakers include subject to confirmation:

? Representative of the Government of Switzerland (Welcome)
? Representative of the Secretariat of the Global Sustainability Panel (Setting the Scene)
? 1-2 Government representatives from UN CC:Learn pilot countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Malawi, Uganda, and Indonesia)
? 2 representatives of two UN agencies engaged in green skills development (e.g. ILO, UNEP)
? Representatives of labor and business associations.

The panel will be chaired by Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Director of UNITAR.
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