UNDP Green Bonds Training

In this course, you will understand the general concept of green finance, what Green Bonds are, the current state of the thematic bond market and the lifecycle of a Green Bond issuance – Pre-issuance considerations, Issuance and Post-issuance considerations.

This product was developed under the NDC Support Programme with generous funding from the governments of Germany, Spain and the European Union as a contribution to the NDC Partnership. It is also supported by the Climate Finance Network through the Governance of Climate Change Finance with funding from the government of Sweden.

Course type: Self-paced training
 Languages: English, French, Spanish
 Estimated effort: 6 hours

Duration: 6 modules
 Partners: United Nations Development Programme

Meet the experts

2021 is a pivotal year for climate and sustainable development as we enter the last decade for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) pledges that have a 2030 implementation horizon.

Accelerating action on the SDGs and the NDCs will require redirecting public and private investments and tapping into additional and innovative financing mechanisms, such as Green Bonds.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is offering a FREE course on Green Bonds. This course details out all the latest developments in the Green Bond market, different taxonomy and classification systems, and the lifecycle of a Green Bond issuance - Pre-issuance considerations, Issuance and Post-issuance considerations.

About the course

This course raises awareness about how opportunities offered by innovative financing mechanisms, particularly Green Bonds, can be leveraged to meet the SDG and NDC targets.

The course is currently available in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.

Course highlights and outcomes

  • Learn about the landscape of green finance in general and Green Bonds in particular
  • Build knowledge on the Green Bond issuance process and its requirements
  • Understand the opportunities offered by Green Bonds to meet the SDG and NDC targets
  • Receive a certificate of completion

Learning objectives

After you complete the course, you will be able to:

  • Define green finance and identify different enabling drivers of green finance
  • Explain Green Bonds and different types of thematic bonds
  • Understand the benefits of sovereign Green Bond issuance
  • Understand International Green Bond regulatory framework and taxonomies and classification systems used globally
  • Assess the factors that sovereign bond issuers should consider before issuing a Green Bond
  • Apply the different steps for the preparation of a Green Bond Framework (GBF)
  • Possess the knowledge of key steps involved in the issuance process
  • Distinguish between allocation and impact reporting
  • Understand different sector-specific impact indicators

Course topics

  • Module 1: Overview of Green Finance
  • Module 2: Synopsis of Global Green Bond Market
  • Module 3: Pre-Issuance Considerations – Part I
  • Module 4: Pre-Issuance Considerations – Part II
  • Module 5: The Issuance Process
  • Module 6: Impact Reporting and Post-Issuance Management

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must:

  • Review all online lessons
  • Pass all quizzes
  • Complete the course survey

For questions, please contact info@learningfornature.org.

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Course Includes

  • 10 Modules
  • 36 Activities
  • 4 quizzes
  • Course Certificate

Course Experts

Marcela Díaz

KPMG Colombia

Marcela has over 8 years of experience in climate change, sustainability reporting and management, GHG accounting and mitigation strategies, and climate change risk assessments under TCFD recommendations. She has experience in the green infrastructure and energy sector. Marcela worked at CDP where she engaged with S&P 500 companies in the industrial, chemicals and materials, and consumer products sectors.


Brice Javaux

KPMG France

Brice has over 10 years of experience comprising Sustainability Assurance and Advisory and Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR) for international groups located in France & Southeast Asia. He is a sustainable finance expert and supports companies on Green Bonds, Green Loans, and other sustainable financing instruments.


Sandip Keswani

KPMG India

Sandip has more than 13 years of experience in Asia and Africa in executing monitoring and evaluation projects in the fields of climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, clean technology, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), climate finance, and carbon strategy. He has also worked extensively in development of innovative financing mechanisms for climate change, renewable energy, and clean technology through instruments such as carbon markets, green bonds, and social bonds.


Sophie Noat

KPMG France

Sophie is part of the Sustainable Finance Department of KPMG. She has acquired a strong financial background during her two years at HSBC in the Investment Banking and Financing division. Sophie has supported companies on issuing Green Bonds, Green Loans, and other alternative financing issues. She helps companies in the reporting of the evolution of financing once structured.


Juanita López Peláez

KPMG Colombia

Juanita has more than 15 years of professional experience in sustainable development. At KPMG she leads the commercial, technical, strategic, and product development and growth of this line of advisory services. Projects and themes she focuses on include ESG and sustainable finance. Projects developed under her direction include, among others, green loans, social bonds, and green bond assurance and capacity building, and supporting the insurers Colombian association (Fasecolda) in building the sector’s climate strategy and strengthening their capacities to manage climate change risks and opportunities.


Manpreet Singh

KPMG India

Manpreet has over 16 years of extensive experience in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation (policy development and corporate projects) and Carbon Finance. He has worked extensively in development of innovative financing mechanisms for climate change, renewable energy and clean technology through instruments such as carbon markets, debt/equity markets, and green and social bonds. He is KPMG’s Global Lead on Green and Social Bonds, and within this space he has led engagements providing independent verification of the bond proceeds, assessing utilization for eligible green and clean energy projects.