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Current Programmes at Environmental Education and Training, UNEP

Environmental Education and Training Unit , UNEP

Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) at UNEP is visible through many programmes, networks and resources. These cut across UNEPs thematic areas and are organized around three pillars namely Education, Training and Networking.

The Education pillar focuses on: Inspiring, encouraging, and supporting universities to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for establishing green, resource-efficient and low carbon campuses. This provides an opportunity to build stakeholder capacity to deliver systemic, institution-wide integration of sustainability principles into all aspects of university business with the view to improve the sustainability performance of universities globally and to provide support to other stakeholders embarking on their own sustainability journeys. Further, this initiative aims to enhance the practical relevance of universities to sustainable development. Additionally, institutions of higher learning are encouraged to reorient their curricula in support of sustainable development.

Current education initiatives:
- Guidance to universities and other institutions of higher learning on curriculum review and reorientation towards sustainable development, in line with the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD);
- Greening Universities initiative;
- Environment and Sustainability Seminars and Leadership Programmes and;
- Development and dissemination of information and knowledge resources e.g. Source Books to aid development of graduate level (masters) curricula and programmes on Green Economy and Ecosystems Management.

The Training Pillar focuses on developing applied competence by enhancing knowledge and awareness on UNEPs priority thematic areas as well as equipping the target audience (mainly mid-level managers and policy makers) with relevant skills, values and attitudes on key environmental and sustainability themes, issues and emerging concepts such as Green Economy. This is implemented through scheduled training courses and leadership programmes in universities.

Current training initiatives:
- The International Post-graduate Training Programme on Environmental Management (Dresden University, Germany);
- Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES)/ Activating Talent in Sustainability (ACTIS) programme;
- Sustainable Communities Course (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland);
- International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Training (University of Joensuu, Finland);
- International Training Programme (ITP) on Education for Sustainable Development (Ramboll Natura, AB, Sweden);
- UNEP- Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development Training Courses (Tongji University, China); and
- Central Asian Leadership Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

Focuses on encouraging and strengthening regional and sub-regional higher education networks for environment and sustainability. These are modeled around continents, UNEP regions as well as the North-South and South-South frameworks. It also aims to further establish linkages with other higher education initiatives for sustainability around the world and recognize programmes of excellence.

Some flagship networking initiatives:
- Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) for Africa;
- Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in the Caribbean Universities (MESCA) for the Caribbean; and
- Regional University Consortium (RUC) for Asia and the Pacific.

All these networks feed into the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES).

Sustainable Societies in Africa

The This is a vital contribution to the efforts of universities throughout Africa to contribute in a real and sustainable manner to development in Africa.
In both design and content, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Environic Foundation International (EFI) have produced a valuable tool for both improving the quality of higher education in Africa and the quality of life for graduates and their communities.
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Training Programmes

The promotion and strengthening of professional development and training programmes that are empowering, tolerant of diversity, and contextually responsive to local and regional environmental and development issues.
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Media and Public Education

The promotion and support of diverse environmental education and training programme to improve the skills of environmental journalists and promote effective reporting for public education and action for sustainable development
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EET Flagship Programmes

UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Mainstreaming programmes

Leadership programmes

Training on environmental reporting

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Environmental Awareness Programme

The promotion and support of structured and continued environmental awareness raising initiatives aimed at developing informed citizens able to critically engage in decision making and action taking for sustainable development
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Ongoing research and on-line learning

Facilitating ongoing research to enhance the quality and effectiveness of environmental education and training programmes for all sectors of society as well as the use of information and communication technology skills [Learn More]

Learning Support Materials

The promotion of exemplar learning support materials (including UNEP products) that are flexible and adaptable to diverse and changing contexts including - ICT
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Networking and Partnerships

The establishment and strengthening of mechanisms for flexible, cross-sectoral, governmental cooperation amongst relevant organisations, institutions and civil society to enhance the shared development and wise use of environmental education resources and programmes [Learn More]

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q Strengthening of UNEP's advocacy role in enabling policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, social and environmental agencies, institutions and the private sector
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