Since 2005, the Government of Iceland has 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). From 2005-2015 this was a contribution of the Government of Iceland towards the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. In 2016, a new series was established in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The courses/workshops are 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 is to increase cooperation between specialists in the field of sustainable use of geothermal resources. The courses are expected to develop or become a part of sustainable regional geothermal training centres in the future.