From 2005-2015, the Government of Iceland secured core funding for UNU-GTP to organize workshops/short courses in geothermal development in selected countries in Africa (in Kenya since 2005), Central America (El Salvador since 2006), and in Asia (China in 2008). This was a contribution of the Government of Iceland towards the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The courses/workshops were set up in cooperation with the energy agencies/utilities and earth science institutions responsible for the exploration, development and operation of geothermal facilities in the respective countries/regions. A part of the objective of the workshops/short courses was to increase cooperation between specialists in the field of sustainable use of geothermal resources and judging by the total number of participants attending the course being 528 from 23 different countries, it is fair to say that this part of the objective was successful.
The main objectives of the Millennium Short Courses will be continued under the Sustainable Development Goals Short Course series and may in the future develop into sustainable regional geothermal training centres.