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This March: UN Environment launches online course on environmental security and sustaining peace

 By Jasmin Blessing and Sarah Daitch

UN Environment has teamed up with the Environmental Law Institute, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of California at Irvine and United Nations Development Programme to develop a groundbreaking new massive open online course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace.


Conflict over natural resources presents a serious threat to human security. At least 40 percent of all internal armed conflicts were related to natural resources. Since 1989, more than 35 major armed conflicts have been financed by revenues from conflict resources. In the coming years, extreme climate stresses are expected to double the risk of violent conflict, as well as contribute to social conflict. Despite the risks that natural resources may play in fueling or amplifying armed conflicts, there are also significant opportunities linking the environment and peacebuilding.


This course synthesizes 100,000 pages of material on experiences in over 60 conflict-affected countries—including material on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Land and Natural Resource Management—into 7 hours of dynamic video lectures. The goal of the course is to build a community of 10,000 practitioners that can “make natural resources a reason for cooperation rather than conflict”.  The course covers a range of natural resources, from extractives to land and water, as well as a range of tools and approaches from conflict and gender sensitivity to assessments, multi-stakeholder dialogue, meditation and spatial planning. It also includes detailed information on security risks from climate change.


UNDP has just finalized its contribution to this course through developing two guest lecture chapters, as well as the endorsement of UNDP’s Administrator, Achim Steiner, as a course ambassador. One of UNDP’s guest lecture chapters is on Using Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue as a Tool to Navigate Natural Resource Conflicts, while the other guest lecture explores Conflict Pathways and Determinants in Mining, Oil and Gas.


More than 5,000 people registered for the MOOC so far, and the aim is to have as many as 10,000 people signed up by March 1 when the course launches! Find more information on the course, including links to the trailer and enrolment page via the SDG Academy below.


Here are the relevant links: 

2-minute trailer: https://youtu.be/w2gVqPqvwp8

Course enrollment page: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/environmental-security-and-sus...;  

MOOC page: https://epmooc.org

UNDP as a course partner: https://www.epmooc.org/partners/

UNEP news release: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/un-environment... 




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Comment by Josimar Biosse on February 15, 2018 at 23:23
Amazing!!! Such a great initiative. Hope this helps to enlighten us a little bit more about the relationship between natural resources exploitation and the rising of conflicts, and what can be done to prevent or avoid these conflicts. Hope to see a lot of mapping too. ;-)


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