ESCAP and the British Government, in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology, the University of Malaya's Centre of Poverty and Development Studies, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and UNDP Malaysia, conducted the Second National Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development in Malaysia, an on-site e-Learning seminar that was held from the 7th to 9th of November 2012 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first day of the seminar consisted of a public session on Rio +20 and the Green Economy: The Way Forward, and was attended by over 100 participants.
The meeting was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr Ray Kyles, Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Malaysia, Mr. Masakazu Ichimura, Chief of ESCAP's Environment and Development policy section, and Dr. Fatimah Kari, director of the University of Malaya's Centre of Poverty and Development Studies. Furthermore, a panel discussion on the topic of "Rio +20 and the Green Economy" was held on the first day of the seminar with the expert advice of Mrs. Punitha A/P Silivarajoo, Prinicipal Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and Mr. Muru Loganathan, Climate Change Officer with the British High Commission. The seminar was attended by experts from the government, academia and the private sector.
The three day seminar, built on ESCAP's interactive methodology involving animated e-learning courses and multimedia virtual library, case studies and group activities moderated by the trainers, was crafted to encourage participants to reflect on the mainstreaming of green growth policies in their particular sector based on the recently published Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap and other e-learning green growth courses available on the Green Growth on-line e-Learning Facility. The participants have continuous access to the Facility, which provides an easy to navigate knowledge and experience sharing platform for green growth practitioners and enables participants to become members of an on-line green growth community. In order to ensure that continuous training will be delivered to prospective participants in the future, ESCAP is working to establish a long lasting partnership with existing Malaysian learning/training centers to host a National Green Growth e-Learning Node which will be responsible for delivering such training over an extended period of time.
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