UNEP/UNITAR virtual training “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia”

training-session-unep-unitar-scpA joint e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia” will be launched in early October 2016, by UNEP and UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research). This virtual training is organized as part of the ‘Resource Efficiency through Application of Life cycle thinking’ (REAL) project in the Asia-Pacific region.

Participants will learn about different concepts and facets of SCP, as well as regional, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to implement policies for SCP. Additionally, participants will begin to develop basic skills for applying the SCP concept in a real world professional context, both for the private and public sectors. There will be opportunities for participants to develop pilot projects related to the application of SCP and life cycle thinking, with seed-funding provided by the project. Please follow closely with our social media accounts for more updated information soon.

The course is composed of 5 modules:

Module 1: Introduction to SCP: Definition, Rationale and Fundamentals
Module 2: Designing and Implementing National SCP Policies: The Policy Cycle and SCP in National Governance Structures
Module 3: Applying Policies to Key Thematic Areas for Supply-side Change and Sustainable Production
Module 4: Applying Policies for Demand-side Change and Sustainable Consumption
Module 5: International Collaboration, Regional Initiatives and Priorities to Achieve SCP in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the concept of SCP and explain its value for sustainable development;
  2. Distinguish key elements of effective policy planning in support of SCP;
  3. Identify enabling conditions for mainstreaming and implementing SCP policies in national governance;
  4. Discuss principal challenges and opportunities for advancing SCP in national contexts;
  5. Summarize the range of global and regional initiatives to support the mainstreaming of SCP in national governance;
  6. Apply SCP to a real-life policy-making context

The target groups include:

  • Civil servants in national ministries, provincial departments and local authorities
  • Environmental managers in private sector
  • Representatives from civil society organizations
  • Academia representatives and researchers
  • Other individuals engaged in policy processes