Introduction to Green Economy: Concepts and Applications E-Learning Course

The UNITAR-facilitated PAGE e-learning course “Introduction to Green Economy: Concepts and Applications” is a state-of the art virtual learning course, which introduces participants to different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as the global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities associated with the green transition. Additionally, participants develop basic skills for applying the green economy concept in a practical context.

The course is highly interactive, featuring various learning methods, such as e-books, group discussions, exercises, action plan development, peer reviews, and more. Experts from all five PAGE agencies lend their expertise to the course as resource persons on specific topics.

In December 2013 the course was awarded the ECB Check Certificate, an internationally recognized standard on quality of e-learning education.


An important aspect of the course is that each participant develops a green economy action plan relevant to their country and field of work. The action plans are peer-reviewed by participants, as well as by the course moderator. Examples of actions plans completed in past courses include the following:

  • Green Action Plan for Ghana’s Agricultural Sector;
  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of High Andean Ecosystem in Peru;
  • Green Action Plan for a Sustainable Forest Management in Burkina Faso;
  • Green Action Plan for the transport sector in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In several cases Green Action Plans, such as: “Mongolia Green Learning Program” or “Green Action Plan for the Informal Mining Sector in Peru”, are being implemented at country level as projects or help to inform policy planning.


The course runs twice a year in English, with the first  French edition offered in Autumn 2015 and a Spanish edition currently under development. Registration for the French course is now open, please click here to register before 1 September. 

A limited number of full/partial fellowships are available for participants from developing countries working in the public sector, academia or non-profit organizations.

For more information on the fellowship application process, as well as the dates of the next course please contact:; or consult the UNITAR course catalogue.



“I am coordinating the preparation of a national long-term development plan and there is an opportunity to apply the lessons from the course.”

Participant from the National Development Planning Commission, Ghana


“The course was enriching and very well structured... I will try to make the maximum use of the knowledge acquired during the course to promote Green Economy and Sustainable Development.”

Participant from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mauritius


“The course was an eye opener, enriching and a rewarding experience… The lessons learnt will  certainly be of value in my work and life.”

Participant from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, Kenya