UNESCAP Executive Training on Environment and Development

23 Nov 2020 to 27 Nov 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

This first UNESCAP Executive Training on Environment and Development  is being organized by the Environment and Development Division to inform and to support dialogue among the senior policy- and decision-makers attending the 6th Committee on Environment and Development on the current environment and development situation in Asia-Pacific including in relation with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide tools and methodologies for addressing those evolving trends and challenges for priority long term environmental and development issues faced by the region. The training will be leading to a certification according to the sessions attended, ranging from an “Advocate” to a “Leader”.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed the spotlight on the urgent need to better manage the interactions between humans and the environment. The COVID-19 pandemic can be seen as a stress test for the resilience of the environment in Asia Pacific and some recent scientific articles highlight that the COVID-19 crisis and responses can be compared to those needed to respond to climate change, from an environmental risk and resilience as well as from a global governance perspective. At the same time there are strong voices that the economic recovery from the COIVD-19 pandemic should be used as an opportunity to promote climate action and green growth, including in urban areas. Well-designed recovery plans, aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, can deliver on the twin benefits of stimulating economies and creating jobs while also accelerating the transition towards greener, more equal, and resilient societies.


This 5-days virtual capacity development programme, organized from November 23-27, 2020, is focusing on the five thematic areas/EDD work streams covered by the 6th Committee on Environment and Development, including raising climate ambition; - safeguarding ecosystems health; - clean air for all; - cities for a sustainable future; and - environmental governance.

The programme will (1) serve to set the scene and introduce the five thematic areas by a recognized thought leader, (2) introduce tools and methods available from ESCAP and its partners, (3) facilitate a discussion amongst course participants, based on case studies and coursework provided, and (4) provide an introduction to flagship courses offered under the respective thematic area.

Target Group

The programme is designed for high-level policy and decision makers from national and subnational government institutions dealing with key sectoral policies impacting environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation planning, city planning and local resource management.

Method of Delivery and Certification

The programme will be delivered over one week with two sessions per thematic area, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon of a given day of the week. Since the virtual classrooms have the limitation of 50 participants, each course will up to 100 participants in total.

The introductory sessions under each thematic area, which are planned for one and half hours and will be organized as panel discussions, while the second session will allow to introduce and test some of the available tools and methodologies to address the thematic area.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to those who attended one thematic area. Those who attended three thematic areas will be provided with a Certificate of an “Advocate” and those participants who attended the whole capacity development programme will be issued with a Certificate of a “Leader”.  

With the enrolment in the capacity building programme, participants will have access to all resources under all themes on the on-line platform.  Participants will be encouraged to enrol in the follow up virtual e-learning courses, which will be available on the on-line platform for facilitated and self-paced sessions.