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SDGs and Greening TVET

SDGs and climate action

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally accepted by the United Nations in September 2015 as a global framework for achieving an integrated sustainable development model for 2030 among Member States. Several of the SDG targets can be achieved through quality education (SDG 4), including SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 13 (climate action).

How does TVET address these issues?

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) can address knowledge and skills challenges to achieve the SDGs. More importantly, TVET can transmit the right mindset and attitude among TVET trainees and the future workforce through well-designed education and training. However, the right policies and skill strategies need to be strengthened to address them.

Challenges include:

  • Skills shortages and mismatch
  • Low skills and qualifications
  • Need for upskilling and reskilling
  • Transferring knowledge, skills and attitudes

Why engage in climate action?

Climate change is a critical global issue. Its impact has far-reaching consequences at the environmental, societal and economic levels, and demands climate activism in all sectors of work and life.

UNESCO-UNEVOC advocates for the effective transmission of the knowledge and skills needed to promote climate change education in technical and vocational education and training.

Source: Nine sectors accountable for 90% of total carbon dioxide emissions, OECD 2012

Both human and natural causes contribute to climate change. Burning fossil fuels, clearing forests for development activities, developing land for farms, cities and roads, and releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere are a few examples of human activities that cause climate change.

UNESCO, with the launch of its new Education for Sustainable Development 2030 Roadmap, will continue to support Member States in prioritizing and stimulating transformative actions in policy, learning environments, educators’ capacities, youth mobilization and local level actions. The roadmap serves as the new blueprint for the implementation of ESD and renews the importance of translating policy and strategic frameworks into actions in the TVET sector.

UNESCO #ESDfor2030 toolbox

How to engage

UNESCO-UNEVOC aims to mainstream climate response in TVET. To achieve this, it will support TVET institutions in the development and implementation of green strategies to transform their learning and training environments, in fulfilment of their role in skilling learners, upskilling professionals in green job sectors, and re-skilling those affected by job losses due to the green transition and the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Prepare to be mobilized - engage in the global advocacy and learn about the principles of the SDGs and Greening TVET: Explore the SDG Affinity Group (brochure).

Strive to develop your capacity as leaders and educators - take part in future green leadership initiatives targeted to leaders and managers, and be equipped with the knowledge and tools to effectively develop institutional green and climate-responsive strategies.

Get supported through technical assistance - drive success and bring about transformative change in your institution by adopting a strategy and green institutional plan of action. Be a part of an accelerated TVET movement – turn what you know into concrete action and share your experiences.

Start greening your own TVET institution today! The Greening TVET Guide is here to help:

Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training

A practical guide for institutions
This Guide describes the macro need for TVET reform in conformity with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and other United Nations, UNESCO and national initiatives. The ...

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Contact us: mailto:unevoc.greeningtvet@unesco.org

News & Activities

29 June 2021
Sustainable development and greening TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) organized a webinar for TVET managers in francophone Africa on sustainable development and greening TVET.
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Publications & Resources

Skills development and climate change action plans

Enhancing TVET's contribution
Climate change is an ongoing process that, at the current pace of such activities, cannot be avoided. Tools have been proposed to deal with climate change focus on adaptation and mitigation. Strengthening national and international awareness of and c ...

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Education for sustainable development: a roadmap

This roadmap sets out the urgent challenges facing the planet and explores the next step UNESCO is taking in responding to them through education with detail on new emphases and actions. ESD for 2030 will step up actions on five priority action areas ...

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Skills development for renewable energy and energy efficient jobs

Discussion paper on solar energy demands
The transition to greener economies requires action on the different dimensions of sustainability. The rational use of energy can play a crucial role in a country’s contribution to the global sustainable future. Technical and vocational educati ...

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Greening with jobs

World Employment and Social Outlook 2018
While climate change mitigation measures may cause short-term job losses, the report shows that a just transition to a more sustainable economy offers much potential for job creation and the promotion of decent work. The report also looks at key i ...

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Promising & Innovative Practices

An innovation pipeline
UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practice

Green Wheels
Submitted by CFME, Hungary

Submitted by BKAL, Germany

Greening for a sustainable environment
Innovation and learning practice - Submitted by MCAST, Malta



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