“Introduction to a Green Economy” - Training course for media in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 15 October 2015 – The concept of Green Economy and the best practices to promote the green economic development agenda were discussed by key media agencies, university journalism lecturers and students at the training course “Introduction to a Green Economy”, which took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on October 15.

The training, organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), jointly with the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia (MEGDT), aimed to engage the Mongolian media to collaborate with MEGDT and hence to promote green development actions and initiatives in the country.

In her opening speech, the Director of Green Development Policy and Strategic Planning, Ms. Bulgan Tumendemberel, underlined that the training course was significant for promoting the implementation of Mongolia's Green Development Policy. She also highlighted MEGDT’s effort to collaborate with the media to deliver green economy education and outreach programs. 

Both MEGDT and PAGE provided training covering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Green Development Policy and key economic sectors - in particular agriculture, the energy-water nexus, as well as construction tools and economic incentives for green development, consumption, learning and sustainable and green public procurement.

One of the learning points of the participants was to examine the costs and savings over the lifecycle of the building, including maintenance to minimize impacts on the environment and human health.

The training used an interactive and participatory approach that allowed participants to debate, share opinions, bring initiatives and work in groups. Furthermore, the handbook “Introduction to a Green Economy”, developed, edited and published under PAGE with the support of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), was used as a key learning tool.

At the end of the training the participants were awarded with a Certificate of Attendance signed by the State Secretary of MEGDT.

The workshop was the second in a series of training events supported by PAGE, which were scheduled from October to November 2015.

Previously, to make sure staff across MEGDT departments have a good understanding of green development issues and how to engage with the public and the media in this area, MEGDT with the support of PAGE organized a training workshop on 17 September 2015. The training was organized in cooperation with the local company ‘Start Up’. 31 officers from 16 departments and divisions of the Ministry participated in the event.