42nd UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management for Developing Countries (EM42)

Duration: 10 January - 12 July 2019
The application period for this course has passed.

Kursrelevante Sustainable Development Goals © UN Kursrelevante Sustainable Development Goals © UN
Kursrelevante Sustainable Development Goals

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were a remarkable advancement when adopted by the United Nations in 2015. For the first time, the world committed towards a broad spectrum of common goals ranging from climate action to sustainable economic growth, from life below water to sustainable cities, from ending hunger and poverty to responsible consumption and production, and from reduced inequalities to inclusive industrialization; a clear recognition that the preservation of our biosphere depends on the sustainable stewardship of planet Earth. In accordance with the SDGs, the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU 6-month course follows an integrated and interdisciplinary approach covering the field of environmental management. The curriculum is organized in modules comprising issues of conservation and restoration ecology, water and atmosphere, soil and land resources, sustainable urban and regional development, waste management and circular economy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. All disciplines are framed by an overarching science-policy interface. The overall approach is aiming on state-of-the art science as well as on its application and practical implementation.

The lectures are given by professors of Technische Universität Dresden as well as experts from various national and international institutions. A multitude of excursions are also part of the course to illustrate environmental problems and exemplify successfully integrated environmental management practices. Participants are required to carry out a profound research project on a specific environment-related subject and present the results of this work in a symposium at the end of the course.


Participants acquire the ability to develop interdisciplinary strategies for sustainable development and to take appropriate measures for an environmental protection that takes ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects into account.

Target Groups

This course is particularly designed for decision-makers of public administration both at national and local level requiring an overall-competence in environmental matters. To gain the optimum from this training course, a first university degree (BA, BSc, e.g.) is absolutely indispensable. The nomination by the delegating institution is a mandatory prerequisite.


Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by September 2018. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Diploma in Environmental Management.

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Tamara Karp
Letzte Änderung: 27.06.2018