Wednesday, March 14, 2012


TRAINING: Free Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons (UNITAR)

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is offering a free 4-module training course on the global commons.

In the latter part of the twentieth century, the term “commons” has expanded to include intangible resources such as the internet, open-source software, and many aspects of culture. The term “global commons” is more recent and has several meanings: those resources that are shared by all of humanity, such as the sky, the oceans, or even the planet itself; the sum of various local and regional commons across the world; and a philosophical position suggesting that humankind has both a right and a responsibility to steward the wise use of the earth for all living species, as well as for future generations.

There is a significant need for education that elucidates the paradigm of the commons and its relationship to issues of environmental sustainability and human development. In addition, it is essential that government officials and policy makers gain a working knowledge of the commons and the promise it offers for improving human conditions and supporting the Millennium Development Goals.

The aim of the Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons is to provide a general approach to the Commons, in order to facilitate the introduction of this concept into the work of the United Nations, various levels of governments and other entities.

The Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons will be conducted in English. The estimated time to accomplish the e-Course is 2 to 3 weeks, but to facilitate the completion of the course, participants are allotted 4 weeks from the moment they receive a valid login.

More information.

Deadline: April 20, 2012

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