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05 to 12 October 2022 | By invitation only

ESCAP Executive Training on Environment and Development- Third Edition

ESCAP’s work on the environmental futures of Asia and the Pacific shows that the region faces multiplying and converging environmental risks Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly targets associated with the environment, has been insufficient across the board and in some cases even regressed. However, a different and more healthy future is possible. Shifting development trajectories towards a green, resilient, and more equal Asia-Pacific—in line with the 2030 Agenda, requires interventions to raise climate ambition, protect the ocean, build healthy and sustainable cities, safeguard the interconnected human and planetary health and manage pollution including air pollution.

The third edition of ESCAP Executive Training on Environment and Development is organized by the Environment and Development Division (EDD) to inform and support dialogue among senior policy and decision makers on the current environment and development situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Building on the success of previous editions of the Executive Training, this year’s training will continue to provide tools and methodologies to address evolving trends and challenges of long-term environmental and development issues the Asia-Pacific region faces to attain the best possible outcome for the environment and human well-being.

Scope

This two-day virtual capacity development training program will take place on 5 and 12 October 2022.

The programme will cover two substantive themes, which ESCAP member States have identified as the priorities for regional cooperation, and each will have a specific focus:

  1. Nature-based Solutions to Raise Climate Ambitions: A panel discussion on nature-based solutions for climate change and two interactive sessions on tools and methodologies to enhance investment in nature-based solutions and on promoting ocean-based solutions to climate change through enhanced cooperation in science, research and innovation.
  2. Creating Healthy and Sustainable Cities: Planning for healthy and sustainable cities, improving urban air quality and localizing, monitoring and reporting.

Additionally, a recording of the Interactive Policy Dialogue on the Environment-Health Nexus in Asia and the Pacific, which was held on 14 September 2022, will be made available for participants as integral part of the Executive Training. The event featured a 1) high-level dialogue on opportunities to operationalize the environment-health nexus, 2) thematic discussions on climate, biodiversity, food systems and health, and 3) an open dialogue on strengthening governance and enabling environment.

As the training programme will be highly interactive, participants are invited to come prepared with ideas, challenges, and success stories on environment and development issues to share.

Target Group

The training program is designed for policy and decision makers from national, subnational, and local government institutions that deal with key sectoral policies impacting environmental sustainability; human health; climate change adaptation, resilience and mitigation planning; city planning; and local resource management.

Method of Delivery and Certification

This training program will be delivered during the course of three days and will cater for participation from different time zones from across Asia and the Pacific to the full extent possible.

The trainings will be conducted in the form of interactive webinars using Zoom and recordings of the webinars will be made available to participants after the sessions on the SDG HelpDesk.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who attended a session on one thematic area. Participants who attend all three sessions will be issued a “Leader” certificate after the training.

To register: https://indico.un.org/event/1002784/

ESCAP and IISD, in collaboration with FAO, UNEP and WHO and with financial support from the Wellcome Trust jointly organized a virtual Interactive Policy Dialogue on the Environment-Health Nexus in Asia and the Pacific, held on 14 September 2022. The Policy Dialogue explored the following policy questions:

• Why is the environment-health nexus important and relevant in Asia and the Pacific? Is health a “blind spot” in policies, norms, institutions, governance and metrics related to the environment – and vice versa? Is environment a blind spot for health?

• How can the One Health approach contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

• What are the relationships between climate change, biodiversity, food systems, and health in the Asia-Pacific region, and what are the priority issues to address in the environment-health nexus, and in support of the One Health approach?

• How are governments and other stakeholders coordinating and working across the human, livestock, wildlife, and environment sectors and applying and implementing the One Health approach in national and regional environmental and health policies and programmes? What are the priorities and gaps in the enabling environment and institutional frameworks and how can regional cooperation contribute?
 

Objectives:

• Advance understanding and identify priorities for operationalizing the environment-health nexus in public policy, with a focus on the One Health approach;

• Discuss pathways to strengthen national and regional governance of interlinkages between health, climate, biodiversity, and food systems, including through multilateral processes;

• Promote collaboration between sectors, countries, development partners and stakeholders in the region.

Recording:

A recording of the policy dialogue will be made available on the SDG HelpDesk.

for more information, please contact

Environment and Development Division +66 2 288 1234 [email protected]
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