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Greening Skills : UNESCO-UNEVOC Engagements at the COP 23 in Bonn

As part of the recently concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) being held in Bonn under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji, global stakeholders engaged in action oriented deliberations to further the global commitment made in the Paris Agreement.

In pursuit of its agenda of Greening TVET and promoting the role of responsively skilled human capital for sustainable and green transitions, UNESCO –UNEVOC organized and participated in thematically oriented sessions as part of the COP 23. Each of these sessions revolved around the distinct challenges and their responses to make global education systems better aligned with the imperatives of Sustainable Development.




9 November 2017, Public Discussion 'Skills Development and Climate Change

UNESCO Pavilion, Bonn Zone

A public discussion round on Skills and Climate Change was organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC in collaboration with the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the ILO Bangkok. The discussion highlighted the issue of youth unemployment as an important vector and reality for many countries to engage in climate change education. The mechanisms that are in place for bringing the skills agenda in the sustainability debates, as well as how the examples of countries like Germany, and Thailand were explored in the discussion. The short discussion succeeded in concretely analysing the job trends that link climate change agenda with employment realities and how German-supported projects in Germany are contributing to the creation of sustainable VET centres and youth training and certification of qualifications and skills, in the case of displaced youth from climate change-induced migration.


16 November 2017, ‘Green skills: A non-negotiable action agenda for successful climate action’

This session discussed a policy guidance framework for designing policies and actions around green economy transition and climate change education. This framework came as a result of a collaborative initiative, the Platform for Advancing Green Human Capital (PAGHC) that includes UNESCO, UNESCO-UNEVOC, ILO, AFD and the French Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire. Green skills as a non-negotiable agenda in the climate talks, was highlighted, given that skill gaps are not well-articulated in the climate action plans. Solutions for addressing these gaps were offered by the discussion around policy and institutional support (with examples cited on green skills development in Korea, Philippines, Marshall Islands) and implementation of climate change education. The perspectives of SIDS, represented by a former advisor for the President of Marshall Islands, was also heard during this discussion where he highlighted that the new climate agenda needs to be translated in the vocabulary spoken at the TVET level, and the capacity development of teachers being important tools in implementing local actions.

For this discussion, a recorded message was produced and shown highlighting the support of the French Commissioner for Sustainable Development, Laurence Monnoyer-Smith.


To learn more about this session, please click here. The detailed policy guidance framework can also be downloaded here.



Other sessions organized at the UNESCO Pavilion on the 16th November 2017 include:

Time Session
10:00 - 10:45 Climate Education: how far are we?
11:00 - 11:45 Greening skills: a non-negotiable agenda for successful climate action
12:45- 13:30 Today for tomorrow: facing climate change
13:30 – 14:30 Mitigating Climate Change Through Education
15:45 - 16:30 Climate Classroom on Climate Empowerment
16:30 - 17:15 Catalyzing Transformation with Education for Social Change

Further details of these events can be found here.




page date 2017-11-17

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