Green Transition in Eastern Partnership Countries

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Green economy

Self-paced courses

50 hours

Without certification


This course has been developed jointly by UNEP and UNITAR in the framework of the EU4Environment programme. The moderated edition took place in early 2021. The course aimed to scale up the abilities of policy-makers and other key stakeholders in six Eastern Partnership countries to design and implement green economy policies.

The course is now available as a self-paced course without certification. Learners can access the learning materials and test their knowledge, however some course activities from the moderated version (such as forums) have been disabled.

Welcome to

Green Transition in
Eastern Partnership Countries

This course is developed with the financial support of the European Union. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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Think, Learn, Act Green!

The course is geared towards high- and mid-level civil servants of the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries, who are directly involved in the process of developing, implementing and evaluating policies supporting the transition towards a greener and more circular economy. The goal of the course is to upscale policy action on green and circular economy by strengthening the policy makers’ abilities to analyse and design environmental/green economy policies and tools. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define green economy, SCP and related concepts and explain their value in regional and national contexts
  • Discuss why the green transition is important for EaP countries
  • Describe social, environmental, and economic benefits from the green transition; and
  • Analyze the evolution of the green economy and SCP at an international level.
Participants will also develop a concrete green policy action plan or project that aims to enable green economy in their country!

The course at a glance

  • Module 1

    Definition, Rationale and Fundamentals of Green Economy

  • Module 2

    Integrating Green Economy into National Policies and Governance

  • Module 3

    The Green Economy Toolbox

  • Module 4

    Greening Key Economic Sectors

  • Module 5

    Green Economy and Cross-cutting Policy Reform

  • Course Assignment

    Design your Green Policy Project

Each week a new Module is made avaiable. Each weekly module takes 5-7 hours to complete and features lessons, activities, and webinars. The course provides ample opportunities to learn from the moderator, resource experts and fellow peers!

Course moderator

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Liubov Zharova

Prof. Doctor of Science in Economics, Head of Department of Ukrainian American Concordia University

Liubov has more than 15 years of research and education experience, trainer of Ukraine Governance School, worked with the State Fund for Fundamental Research of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the UNDP. Liubov will support you with any substantive, green economy-related questions. You can reach her via the "Questions to the moderator" forum

Course coordinator

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Patrick Cross

Instructional designer and content developer at UNITAR

Patrick has more than 5 years of experience in developing engaging e-learning courses for policymakers from developing countries with a focus on the subjects of environmental awareness, sustainable development and governmental policy. He is based in Ireland, country Lahinch. Patrick will support you with any administrative or technical issues. You can reach him via the "Questions to the coordinator" forum

Learning effort

The total number of learning hours is 50, over an 8-week period.

The average amount of work expected for the completion of the course per week/module is listed below.

Module 1: Approx. 6 learning hours

Module 2: Approx. 7 learning hours

Module 3: Approx. 7 learning hours

Module 4: Approx. 7 learning hours

Module 5: Approx. 7 learning hours

Course Assignment: Approx. 10 learning hours

Peer-review and revisions: Approx. 6 learning hours


Once you have completed all module activities, obtained a passing grade of 70% or more to the final course quiz, and submitted a Green Economy Policy Project you will qualify for a certificate of completion from the course. Be aware that you only have up to 3 attempts to pass the quiz.

Your Certificate will become automatically available to download under the tap "Certification" on the main course page.

Special thanks to UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and all EU4Environment partners for supporting the development and delivery of this course!

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