With the objective to identify realistic, strategic, and potentially game-changing interventions, ESCAP convened government officials, civil society organizations and other experts to define and explore different scenarios for Asia and the Pacific in 2040 using transformative foresight approaches. This opening session will introduce the findings of the Foresight Report on environment and development in Asia and the Pacific.
Sustainable, livable cities are the way forward for the future of Asia-Pacific. The 2030 Agenda implementation urges to advance urban SDG with other SDGs, related to resilience of water infrastructure to climate change.
This course was developed to support policy makers and sustainable development practitioners in developing strategies.
Qualifying test for Training of Trainers on Integration of SDGs into the National Planning
This course introduces the key concepts of Resource Efficiency, how to measure it, and why it is important in the context of sustainable development, as well as policy pathways for promoting Resource Efficiency with a focus on Asia and the Pacific.
This eLearning course was developed to support city-level capacity building on the topic of plastic waste management. The purpose of this course is to share the latest knowledge and approaches to measuring and managing plastic pollution from land-based sources, in particular cities, for the achievement of local, national and regional goals related to sustainable development.
Regional E-Learning course on Integrated Action on Biodiversity/Ecosystems, Health and Climate for ESCAP member states and stakeholders. The eLearning course is developed in partnership between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and the French Embassy in Thailand.
Regional E-Learning course on Water, the Ocean and the Sustainable Development Goals for ESCAP member states and stakeholders. The eLearning course is developed in partnership between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Government of Japan.
This course is the second course in the Follow-up and Review series. It builds on the e-learning tutorial on "Follow-up and Review (FUR) and the Voluntary National Review (VNR)". The purpose of this e-tutorial is to help countries develop their 2nd or 3rd generation Voluntary National Review. This tool aims to complement the VNR handbook and the common reporting guidelines developed by UNDESA by providing practical advice and helpful concrete tips specifically on 2nd VNRs.
This self-paced eLearning course was developed for those who want to learn more about how to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to sustainably manage natural resources in cities. The course purpose is to support cities in their actions to localize the SDGs through Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM) and the objectives are to:
This self-paced e-learning course is targeted towards policymakers who wish to enhance their understanding of behavioural science applications for policy and the environment. The purpose of this course is to increase the impact of policy interventions on positive outcomes for environmental sustainability. No previous knowledge of behavioural science is needed to take this course. Participants will need to complete all modules and test your knowledge questions in order to receive the certificate of completion.
The overall objectives of this e-learning course are to:
This training session will focus on the “How” and “What” can be done at the nationally and locally to raise climate ambitions based on the national circumstances of each member State. Furthermore, the training session will provide opportunities for hands-on tools for simulation of scenarios and policy development, and for discussion on challenges and best practices. Last but not least, the training session will also address the role of all stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society to ensure joint action to reduce emissions and impacts of climate change.
Environmental policy often fails because the motivations and decision-making of key stakeholders are poorly understood. This session will show how environmental policy impact can be strengthened by applying behavioral science to steer individual decision-making and behaviour in a more sustainable direction. The session will present an overview of behavioral science for environmental policy, share practical insights from case studies and “soft-launch” ESCAP’s self-paced e-learning course.
This opening session will introduce the importance of and applications of the Foresight Report on environment and development in Asia and the Pacific which was compiled by Sohail Inayatullah and ESCAP.
This session will focus on how to link innovative methodologies for addressing air pollution at the local level with national and regional efforts. Through this material, participants will understand how machine learning approaches can help fill gaps in available science to focus action plans on the most impactful policies. These local action plans will be grounded in cooperation through city networks and regional modalities on air pollution.
The purpose of this training module is to promote the design of effective policies that safeguard the health of ecosystems in Asia and the Pacific. In order to achieve this, the session will build and reinforce capacities of government officials through the exploration of integrated environmental actions, ranging from approaches for action on the nexus between biodiversity, ecosystems, health and climate to joint action on ocean, freshwater and climate. The session will have a particular emphasis on the One Health approach and on ocean and climate synergies. Furthermore, the session will feature the launch of a selection of knowledge products on the biodiversity-health-climate nexus and One Health, developed by ESCAP, and including some products funded by the Government of France.
The course will deliver guidance on how the region’s cities can become smart, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. Through a focus on four integrated thematic pillars (Urban and Territorial Planning; Urban Resilience; Smart Cities and Technologies; and Urban Finance), participants will learn of policy pathways that can be deployed and additional tools, including the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) process, to build back better within the context of post-pandemic recoveries.
The common threat of air pollution across the region requires multi-level interventions and more significant efforts to strengthen regional cooperation. However, the inadequate capacities of many national governments and local authorities to address their air quality issues has (1) limited the scale and pace of actions and interventions that are necessary to significantly reduce air pollution across the region and (2) also inhibited regional dialogue and cooperation that could lead to regional modalities for long-term actions.
This thematic dialogue will focus on innovative air pollution solutions and best practices, including policy interventions, on gender and public health. The session will be part of the over-all approach to a regional dialogue series to raise awareness and build the capacity of stakeholders to identify the most appropriate innovations and utilize existing and emerging technologies in the development of their air quality policies. Subregional dialogues will be organized for North and Central Asia, East and North-East Asia, South-East Asia and South and South-West Asia, in coordination with the respective Sub-
regional Offices. In addition to this thematic dialogue on gender and health, a thematic dialogue will be held on data and technology.