Focusing on inspiring, mentoring, informing, supporting, facilitating and enabling universities to undertake curriculum innovations for sustainability as well as greening of universities.

      Developing applied competence by enhancing knowledge and awareness on UNEP’s priority thematic areas as well as equipping the target audience (mainly mid-level managers and policy makers) with the relevant skills, values and attitudes on key environmental and sustainability themes, issues and emerging concepts such as ‘Green economy’ through scheduled training courses in universities as well as environment and sustainability seminars and leadership programmes.

      To encourage and strengthen regional and sub-regional higher education networks on environment and sustainability modeled around continents, UNEP regions as well as North-South and South-South frameworks all feeding into the GUPES network. To further establish linkages with other higher education initiatives for sustainability around the world and recognize programmes of excellence.