Green Economy Academy - Enhancing institutional capacities for transformative change

Turin, 14 October 2016 - The second global Academy on the Green Economy (3-14 October 2016) attracted over 150 participants from 35 countries, and heard from some 40 speakers in over 15 plenaries and electives. Participants included government policy makers, development practitioners, researchers, representatives of workers, employers and civil society organisations, took part to the second global Academy on the Green Economy in Turin on  at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO)

The two-week event opened with video addresses by the Head of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. Both set the tone for a very focused and intense discussion around the search for solutions from around the world in expanding the frontier of decent work, social partnerships and economic and environmental sustainability.

The Academy, organized by UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR and UNDP within the framework of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), is a two-week capacity building event, which seeks to address the fundamental question: how to achieve inclusive green economies? It thus provides a full in-depth overview and understanding of latest global agendas, as well as practical tools and good practices - from assessments, to stakeholder engagement, policy formulation and strategy implementation – that several countries are adopting in their efforts to transition to environmentally viable and socially inclusive economies.

See the event flyer here, and find more information on the ILO website.

Left: Steven Stone, Chief of UN Environment's Economics and Trade Branch

Right: Tim Kasten, Deputy Director of UN Environment's Economy Division

What is the “Academy on the Green Economy”?

Beyond its specific learning objectives, the overall purpose of this event is to contribute to enhance institutional capacities for transformative change towards greener economies.

Participants are expected from all countries currently working with PAGE, as well as others interested in adopting low-carbon and climate-resilient green economy strategies. They will be joined by experts and practitioners from PAGE partner agencies and collaborating networks. The first day (3 October) of the Academy will be dedicated to a high-level policy dialogue with key delegates from PAGE countries, PAGE partner agencies and donors. A total of 120 participants are foreseen.

How is the Academy structured?

A High-Level Policy Dialogue on “The Future of Work in a Greener Economy” will inaugurate the Academy on 3 October 2016, followed by a Knowledge Fair on practical tools and best practices from on-going country initiatives on 4 October 2016.

During the following days, aside from plenary sessions, the Academy will also offer a series of electives, which consist of 5-hour thematic workshops, each spanning over one to three days. This structure and methodology will allow participants to follow all plenary sessions plus a number of thematic electives of their own preference. Field visits and a knowledge sharing fair will complement the training.

The learning approach of the Academy is highly interactive, building on global knowledge-sharing, using comprehensive and peer-reviewed training materials, and adopting a variety of innovative learning methodologies.

For further information?

ITCILO staff will be pleased to respond to your queries. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by writing to

Opening address by the Head of UN Environment:

UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim welcome message to PAGE Academy 2016

Opening address by ILO Director-General:

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder video address to PAGE Academy on the Green Economy 2016