The move towards a “green economy” has been gaining momentum in parallel with the international debate and negotiations on climate change.

That discussion has highlighted the need to take a closer look at the notion of “green jobs” and their links with economic, social and environmental development goals. The potential for green jobs exists in all countries, and at all levels of economic development. Green jobs span a wide array of skills, educational backgrounds and occupational profiles. They contribute to reducing the environmental impact of enterprises and economic sectors to levels which are sustainable.

Upcoming Courses
Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices
An interactive e-learning opportunity looking at the concepts and definitions of green jobs, through a review of tools, selected literature and ongoing practices, featuring the world of work's contribution to sustainable development. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 04 Apr 2016

Code: A979204

When: 04 Apr 2016 - 10 Jun 2016

Venue Distance

Language: English


Promoting green jobs in the transition to low-carbon economies (BLENDED) (NEW)
Through the review of global practices, case studies and ongoing projects, participants will gain access to knowledge and tools enabling them to: assess employment potential and skill requirements in a low-carbon economy, devise appropriate strategies to promote green jobs in different economic sectors, and engage in labour and environmental policy discussions for a just transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy. Read More

Code: A979142

When: 16 May 2016 - 10 Jun 2016

Venue Blended

Language: English


Empleos verdes para un desarrollo sostenible: conceptos y prácticas
Una oportunidad de intercambio y trabajo en red para fortalecer las capacidades y competencias en materia de empleos verdes. A través de una plataforma de formación a distancia, el curso ofrece una selección de literatura, buenas prácticas y herramientas para analizar las oportunidades y los desafíos laborales en la promoción del desarrollo sostenible. Read More

Code: A979207

When: 12 Sep 2016 - 18 Nov 2016

Venue Distance

Language: Spanish



Promoting a just transition to climate-resilient, inclusive and sustainable economies

The adoption of the Paris Agreement at the COP21 is a very important step towards creating a climate-resilient world. It was adopted through the consensus of the 192 states party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reaffirming the leadership and importance of the UN system and multilateralism in the negotiation of development issues and environmental affairs in particular. Read More

Regional Forum on Green Economy for Latin America

The Regional Forum on Green Economy for Latin America was opened on Tuesday 3 November 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations System and the global initiative Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). Read More

Moving up the waste hierarchy to save the environment and create jobs

The Centre is involved in a project on “Green Jobs for South Africa” jointly implemented with the Green Fund and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Read More


Sustainable Development Programme

While maintaining the broad definition of Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations, which postulates the intrinsic relationships between economic, social and environmental well-being, SDP takes as a more concrete starting point the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the framework of the post-2015 development agenda.

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