The agreement requires the Australian authorities and state and territory governments to cooperate with training organisations and businesses to ensure that sustainability skills are an integral part of all vocational training and that they are relevant to the needs of the industry. David Atchoarena, Director of the Department of Lifelong Learning Policy and Systems at Unesco, also stressed at a roundtable discussion the importance of anticipating and identifying the evolution of employment induced by the energy transition. Australia`s 11 Industry Skills Councils have reviewed training programs to identify sustainable development competencies and will complete the training program review process to address these gaps in early 2011. Environmental Impact: An Industry Response The clear message of these discussions was the importance of developing and implementing integrated and coordinated strategies, with the participation of all stakeholders. They also demonstrated the need to strengthen the capacity of decision-makers, including executives, teachers and education managers, and to ensure adequate funding for skills development. UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC are committed to helping member states identify skills needs to address the challenges of climate change and to promote TVET policies and programmes that contribute to environmental sustainability and the development of education innovations needed to combat climate change. The forum brought together policy makers, development partners, representatives of educational and training institutions, NGOs and professional organisations to identify opportunities for expanding learning in the green economy and to integrate learning institutions into integrating green economy concepts into existing courses. The Green Skills Agreement defines sustainability skills as “sustainability skills, also known as green competencies, are the technical skills, knowledge, values and attitudes of staff that are needed to develop and sustain sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes in the economy, industry and community.” October 2009: The Melbourne Green Skills Forum examines the draft national agreement on green skills and the wider effects of the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. More than 120 business leaders, sustainable development experts and government officials participated in the forum. As part of the dynamics, the world`s first green economy forum, “Learning Institutions and Green Economy Professionals in Shaping to the Inclusive Green Economy,” was organised from 16-18 December by UNESCO`s UN with the OECD and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Paris. UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC have mobilised the Inter-Institutional Working Group on greening TVET and Skills (IAWG) for three events held at COP 21 on education on 4 December at UNESCO headquarters and Le Bourget in Paris. Discussions focused on integrated policies for a greener economy, society and jobs. The events allowed many stakeholders to present international, regional and national projects and results in the area of green skills promotion and green job management.
IAWG agreed to jointly develop joint projects promoting promising practices in mobilizing local communities, in order to accelerate the transition to green economies and develop indigenous knowledge. On the occasion of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed: “COP21 has created a dynamic by changing people`s minds and preparing them to accept the economic and lifestyle adjustments we all need to make to preserve human life on the planet.” UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC took advantage of the dynamics of the Paris conference on the