This executive programme will allow you to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools required to address crucial sustainability challenges from economic, legal, social and ecological perspectives, from the local to the global and to drive impact in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

This course emphasises transversal, interdisciplinary approaches to developing solutions to address burning matters, including food security, energy transition, environmental and natural resource governance, and climate change. Alternative pathways to sustainable development and shared prosperity will be collectively debated, and actionable solutions will be developed during the programme.

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Key outcomes

  • Understand sustainability challenges and solutions based on a solid command of the concepts, tools and theories, as well as the socio-political dynamics behind the shift to a nature-positive economy

  • Participate in exclusive encounters with relevant actors of International Geneva and engage in multi-stakeholder dialogues, group challenges and interactive sessions with internal and external experts

  • Develop policy solutions and practical action plans to address major and looming ecological and sustainability challenges

  • Master the multifaceted dimensions of shifting toward a nature-based economy to protect and promote planetary health and shared prosperity


Who is this programme for?

This programme is particularly relevant for mid to senior level professionals from the public and private sector, civil society and philanthropists working or wanting to bring positive impact in the fields of:

  • Environmental governance and policy-making

  • Corporate responsibility

  • Sustainable finance and development

  • Biodiversity conservation

  • Climate and disaster risks

  • Energy transition

  • Natural resources management


Related SDGs

 6 7  89 11 1213 14 1517

Module 1

Nature-Positive Economic Transformation - In person

  • Command the fundamentals: concepts, theories, tools and metrics in harnessing nature for sustainable futures

  • Address the challenges: global and local governance,
    market incentives and regulation, environmental and climate diplomacy, preventive and remedial policy-
    making, risks and opportunities associated with the commodification of nature

  • Lead in sustainability: contextualised to the specific realities encountered in industrialised and developing countries, democracies and autocracies


Module 2

Nature-Positive Trade and Finance - Live virtual classroom

  • Leverage trade and finance to sustain the transformation toward a nature-positive economy

  • Address environmental and social externalities of current trade and finance policies and practices

  • Integrate responsible finance and innovative financial models, such as disaster-risks insurance and securities, blended finance and advanced market commitments


Module 3

Sustainable Production and Consumption - Live virtual classroom

  • Deep dive into specific areas including food systems, water, energy transition, natural resources including critical metals and minerals, habitat and transportation

  • Develop action plans to limit the environmental impact of producing and consuming goods and services

  • Fast-track the transition to a nature-positive economy


Module 4

Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Futures - In person

  • Explore the potential and applicability of technology and innovation to tackle the triple crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss

  • Craft an action plan leveraging technology and innovation toward sustainable prosperity

Entry requirements
  • Selection is primarily based on the candidate's professional experience and motivation

  • A bachelor's degree is required, or a degree/diploma deemed to be equivalent (no particular discipline required)

  • A minimum of five years of full-time work for the Executive Certificate and eight years for the Executive Diploma is highly recommended. Participants typically range between 30 and 50 years of age

  • Proficiency in English is required

Degree awarded

Executive Certificate in Nature-Positive Economy
Certificate of Advanced Studies (15 ECTS)

This programme counts towards the Executive Master in International Relations.

Admission process
  • Start the application process by clicking on the red "Apply now" button (available when applications are open)

  • Provide a copy of your certifications and diplomas

  • The admissions committee will then evaluate your application and come back to you in the following two weeks


Terms and conditions

For any questions related to payment, financial assistance, changes in programmes, prices, and conditions of withdrawal, please visit our Terms & Conditions page

Programme format

The programme offers a mix of face-to-face and online modules:

  • Modules 1 and 4 are face-to-face in Geneva

  • Modules 2 and 3 are delivered in a live virtual classroom

Classes start at 9 am and finish at 5:45 pm (adjustments are possible).

Upcoming events

Week 30
22 Jul - 28 Jul
Week 31
29 Jul - 04 Aug

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Applications 2024

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2024 Edition

Module 1
24-28 June 2024 (face-to-face)

Module 2
2-4 Sep. 2024 (live virtual classroom)

Module 3
16-18 Oct. 2024 (live virtual classroom)

Module 4
2-6 Dec. 2024 (face-to-face)


CHF 9'900


Early bird, Come with your colleagues, Alumni

Chèque de formation
ref. number: 7390

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Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
1202 Geneva



For organisations

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Contact us

Johnson Jimmye (Mrs.)
Admissions Officer
+41 (0)22 908 57 28

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