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Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

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.

Integration of SDGs into the National Planning

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

Qualifying test for Training of Trainers on Integration of SDGs into the National Planning

Resource Efficiency

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.

Cities and Marine Plastic Pollution: Building a Circular Economy

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.

Biodiversity, Climate Change & Human Health in the Context of COVID-19

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.

Water, the Ocean and the Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Developing a 2nd Generation Voluntary National Review

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.

Localizing SDGs through Sustainable Urban Resource Management

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:

  • Strengthen capacities by supporting understanding of the processes and benefits of collaborative governance, integrated analysis and planning, and evidence-based decision-making;
  • Make guidelines and tools available to mainstream and accelerate adoption of the SDGs into local action in the area of urban resource management; and
  • Provide support for implementing urban resource management projects through step-by-step building blocks on how to co-plan sustainable urban resource management.

Applying Behavioural Science to Policy and the Environment

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:

  • Provide policymakers with the introductory knowledge and tools needed to integrate behavioural science applications for the environment;
  • Share insights and best practices from implemented behavioural interventions;
  • Support governance entities to create more impactful policy interventions; and
  • Promote the use of behavioural science to strengthen outcomes for environmental sustainability.

Raising Climate Ambition

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 Governance

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.

The Value of Empowerment and Participation on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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.

Clean Air for All

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.

Safeguarding Ecosystems Health

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.

Cities for a Sustainable Future

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.

Air Pollution: Gender and Health

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.

Opening Session: Fast Forwarding to Asia-Pacific’s Future

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.

Energy Connectivity In The Pacific: Planning Tools For Integrating Renewable Energies Into Island Grids

This course presents two tools - a Simplified Planning Tool and a Multi-Criteria Assessment Tool - that can be used to help design island grid systems that integrate high shares of renewable energy techologies.

Energy Connectivity In The Pacific: The Potential Role Of Low And Zero Carbon Fuels, Including Hydrogen, In Regional Energy Trade

This course discusses the potential role of "green fuels" in enabling the decarbonisation of island energy systems.

General and Sector-Based Indicators for Evaluating the Contribution of Foreign Direct Investment to Sustainable Development

This self-paced e-learning course is targeted towards policymakers and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) who wish to enhance their understanding of sustainable foreign direct investment (FDI) and utilize a set of indicators to assess and quantify incoming FDI projects and their sustainable development contributions. The purpose of this course is to train course participants to use these indicators so they can adapt them to their country contexts.

The overall objectives of this e-learning course is to:

- provide participants with the introductory knowledge of sustainable FDI and sustainable FDI indicators.
- share methods for coutnries to choose their priority development sectors.
- introduce them to general and sector-based indicators developed by UNESCAP to evaluate the sustainable development contirbutions of FDI.
- promote the use of these indicators to stregnthen the sustainability outcomes from FDI for the host country

METHODOLOGIES FOR GHG EMISSIONS INVENTORIES AND PARIS AGREEMENT REPORTING

The e-learning course on the Methodologies for GHG Emissions Inventories and Paris Agreement Reporting was developed by a team of experts from the Institute for Global Climate Ecology and ESCAP to support government officials and technical experts from non-Annex I countries engaged in the development of and responsible for official submission of national the greenhouse gas inventory reports as per the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC, 2006) alongside the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (IPCC, 2014), which are recommended on a voluntary basis by the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.

МЕТОДИЧЕСКИЕ РЕКОМЕНДАЦИИ. РАСЧЕТ ЭМИССИЙ ПАРНИКОВЫХ ГАЗОВ И ПОДГОТОВКА ОТЧЕТНОСТИ ДЛЯ СТРАН ЦЕНТРАЛЬНОЙ АЗИИ С УЧЕТОМ ПАРИЖСКОГО СОГЛАШЕНИЯ (Russian)

Этот онлайн курс разработан коллективом авторов из Института глобального климата и экологии им. академика Ю.А. Израэля (ИГКЭ) и ЭСКАТО для оказания поддержки государственным чиновникам и техническим экспертам из стран, не включенных в Приложение I РКИК ООН, которые занимаются разработкой и отвечает за официальное представление национальных отчетов о кадастрах парниковых газов в соответствии с Руководящими принципами национальных кадастров парниковых газов МГЭИК (МГЭИК, 2006 г.) , а также с Дополнением 2013 г. к ним «Водно-болотные угодья» (МГЭИК, 2013) и Дополнениями 2019 г. (МГЭИК, 2019), которые рекомендованы к применению на добровольной основе Конференцией сторон РКИК ООН.

Academy Module - Realizing Data-Driven Governance (New)

This module, designed for government officials in developing countries, aims to help them understand data-driven governance - the intensive and extensive use of data in how societies organize to define and achieve their common future - and assist them in using data-driven governance in their jurisdictions.

Lecturer: Emmanuel C. Lallana
Length: 1.5 hours / 7 Sessions

Academy Module on Social Media, Development and Governance

This module aims to define social media and describe the various kinds of social media; raise awareness among policymakers and government officials of how social media affects society; describe best practices in the use of social media to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; develop understanding of the role of social media in governance and discuss its implication for national policy and program formulation; and produce a capacity development resource that can help bridge the knowledge gap between the effective use of social media in development and governance.

Length: 1.5 hours / 6 Sessions

Academy Module on an Overview of ICTs and Sustainable Development

This module is intended to provide a broad overview and introduce key points for using ICTs for the development of more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies and societies. The module is divided into four sections. The first section provides an overview of sustainable development and the SDGs. The second section introduces current ICT trends. The third section explores, through a discussion of selected case studies, ICT applications to achieve each SDG, and the fourth section looks at ways ICTs are integrated into national development policies and plans to achieve the SDGs.

Academy Module on ICT for Disaster Risk Management

This module introduces disaster risk management (DRM) and provides an overview of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be used for DRM. A large number of examples and case studies on the applications of ICTs in DRM have been included in the module. The module aims to introduce the basic concepts of DRM and the applications of ICTs in disaster mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Core Module 2 - Enabling Role of ICT for Women Entrepreneur

The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) flagship programme aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT and entrepreneurship so that they and their enterprises can become more productive, and hopefully grow and be sustainable so that they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.

Lecturer: Dr. Faheem Hussain
Length: 1 hour / 3 sessions
Last revision: 2022

Core Module 1 - Women's Empowerment, SDGs and ICT

The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) flagship programme aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT and entrepreneurship so that they and their enterprises can become more productive, and hopefully grow and be sustainable so that they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.

Lecturer: Dr. Faheem Hussain
Length: 1 hour / 3 sessions
Last revision: 2019

Инициатива Женщины на Рубеже ИКТ - "Мотивирующая Среда для Женщин-Предпринимателей" (Russian)

(WIFI P Module - An Enabling Environment for Women Entrepreneurs)

Данный модуль, предназначенный для разработчиков политики, регуляторов местного и центрального уровней, парламентариев и официальных лиц правительства. Модуль призван помочь данным лицам понять гендерные вопросы при разработке политики для создания мотивирующей среды, а также возможности для расширения прав женщин-предпринимателей посредством ИКТ.

WIFI P Module - An Enabling Environment for Women Entrepreneurs (New)

The objective of the module is to inform policymakers and contribute to developing their actual gender-related policymaking skills or knowledge for women entrepreneurs.

Length: Length: 1 hour / 6 sessions

Академия ИКТ для Лидеров Государственного Управления - "Осуществление Государственного Управления на Основе Данных (Russian)

(Academy Module - Realizing Data-Driven Governance)

Данный модуль, предназначенный для государственных служащих в развивающихся странах, призван помочь им понять управление на основе данных и использовать управление на основе данных в своих юрисдикциях.

«Продолжительность: 1.5 часа/7 сессий»

Academy Module on Information Security and Privacy

This module was designed to provide knowledge of information security, privacy, and related concepts for policymakers responsible for ICT policymaking, government officials responsible for the development and implementation of ICT-based applications, and managers in the public sector seeking to employ ICT tools for project management.