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Education Program of the Seoul Initiative on Green Growth (ESCAP)

26.05.2011

The Seoul Initiative on Green Growth (SI) was adopted at the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific as a regional implementation program for Asia and the Pacific to promote Green Growth. Since its adoption, the Green Growth approach has gained momentum throughout the region, mostly through the ESCAP and SINGG supported activities. Regional policy dialogues, action-based networks, capacity-building activities and pilot projects addressing issues such as sustainable infrastructure, application of economic instruments, sustainable consumption and production, green business and green industry and green city, have been  organized in the last six years.

One of these activities, SI has been operating Seoul Initiative Leadership Program once a year to develop and implement of a capacity-building program for member countries. The SI Leadership Program has been operated by National Institute of Environmental Human Resources Development (EHRD) and Korea Environment Corporation (Keco, SINGG Secretariat). This two-week program is designed to improve the working-level capacity of member countries to achieve green growth. The theme of the program is closely linked to the SI Policy Consultation Forum and the subprograms are selected by considering the contents and results of the SI Policy Consultation Forum each year. From 2006 to 2010, 116 participants from Asia and the Pacific region has been completed the program.

In line with the topics and agendas of the fifth SI Policy Consultation Forum – “City Development for Green Growth”, the fifth SI Leadership Program was held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 5 to 15 October 2010. 20 environmental-related officials from 13 countries participated in the program. It was composed of workshop, field trip & case study, presentation of country report and group discussion & presentation.

The SI Leadership Program has been strengthening the capacity of member countries by (a) improving the ability of environmental experts to make and execute policies for the efficient implementation of policy initiatives selected at the Policy Consultation Forum, (b) sharing environmental technologies, policies and information among member countries to improve community awareness of the environmental issues of the Asia and the Pacific region, and (c) providing practical guidelines for policies related to green growth.