2 June 2023

ICLEI and UNESCWA present new training course on Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) has launched a new course on implementing Sustainable Public Procurement. ESCWA developed this course in partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, aiming to improve the capacity of stakeholders in the Arab region to better deliver on the commitments of the 2030 Agenda.

The training material is drawn from the revised edition of ICLEI’s Procura+ Manual, which provides practical advice on integrating sustainability into procurement, and the 2014 European Union procurement directives. The Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement within current economic, political, and legal frameworks and provides information for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement it.

The course is divided into five modules. Through the modules, participants will:

  1. Understand the importance of adopting sustainable public procurement at a policy level and define its aspects.
  2. Learn how to manage sustainable public procurement in your organization.
  3. Understand the process of integrating sustainability and innovation in procurement under the 2014 Directives.
  4. Learn about the concept of life cycle costing (LCC) regarding the costs of sustainable procurement and advice on how to keep costs down.
  5. Have an overview of sustainable public procurement approaches for six key products, works and services.

Professionals interested in exploring these key concepts of sustainable procurement and real examples and practices on how to implement it within your organizations, can take this self-paced course for a clear overview of sustainable public procurement, its costs and benefits, and means of implementation.

The course can be accessed here