ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 121 (February 2023)

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! We hope you have all had a great start to the year so far, and are looking forward to what is already shaping up to be an exciting year ahead – see below for a selection of upcoming events, open calls, and latest publications.

If you have any news, open calls, upcoming events, or publications you wish to share in a future bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

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Upcoming Events

6th Annual EQUINOX Symposium 2023: UN SDGs
1 March, 2023, 9:45-15:00 (EST), online

Established in 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs is dedicated to socio-economic-ecological impacts of sustainability within the local-global framework. The multi-sponsored EQUINOX programs seek to catalyze and advance pathways of multidisciplinary scholarship and partnership on UN SDGs among institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. Learn more about the initiative here, and register for the event here.

Special RCE Session at 14th ICERD: Sharing RCE Experiences
4 March, 2023, 15:30 - 17:00 (JST), online

UNU-IAS will organise a special online session at the 14th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (ICERD), titled 'Sharing RCE Experiences'. Under the theme 'Circular Economy Education for Sustainable Development in Local Communities', this event will explore the role of education, multistakeholder partnerships, and community engagement in addressing local problems particularly in the promotion and practice of the circular economy model.

It will share experiences, and discuss lessons learnt, on how Regional Centres of Expertise on Educaion for Sustainable Development (RCEs) have responded and contributed to mitigating the adverse impacts of irresponsible consumption and production.

Participation is open to all and no registration is required. Read more

Open Calls

Call for Papers: Virtual International Conference on 'Environment, Climate Change and Energy for Future Challenges'
A virtual International Conference on 'Environment, Climate Change and Energy for Future Challenges: Best Practice and Innovation for Conservation and Restoration' will be held on 26 June, 2023. The call for abstracts is currently open, until 31 March, 2023. View the event poster, abstract selection criteria, and tentative programme for further details.

The event will be organised by the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (SIEP) in collaboration with Silpakorn University (Phetchaburi IT Campus), Kasetsart University (Kamphaeng Saen Campus), Phetchaburi Rajabhat University, RCE Cha-am, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Blue Renaissance Co., Ltd.

Call for Abstracts: 12th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)
The 12th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2024 will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, focusing on 'Connecting People, Creating Tomorrow'. WEEC 2024 seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas, to advance progress towards a sustainable, resilient, and adaptable future. The event will encourage exploratory dialogue on the different dimensions involved in EE (educational, ethical, economic, political, etc.) to facilitate progress in this future. Abstract submissions are now open, until 30 June, 2023. Read more

Latest News

CIES Session Presents Research on Youth Engagement in Intangible Cultural Heritage in Luang Prabang
On 16 February 2023, UNU-IAS organised an online session at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES 2023) held in Washington, D.C. under the theme 'Improving Education for a More Equitable World'. The session presented early findings of a study involving the participants of the Youth Ambassadors' Forum — a series of workshops facilitating youth engagement in promoting, enhancing, and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic. Read more

(Photo credit: Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre)

ESD Publications & Other

2022 Transforming Education Summit Report
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, convened the Transforming Education Summit (TES) at UN Headquarters in New York on 16-17 and 19 September 2022 as part of a broader effort under Our Common Agenda to accelerate SDG progress and ensure multilateralism is fit for the future.

The Transforming Education Summit was an important milestone for education across the world, now and into the future but its true impact will be determined by the effectiveness of the Summit follow-up at national, regional, and global levels. Download the full report here.

IAU HESD Survey Report
The International Association of Universities (IAU) is pleased to have launched the report of the third global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD), conducted in 2022.

In total, 464 valid responses from higher education institutions in 120 countries were collected. The findings show that higher education and partnerships are essential to address the global challenges identified in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build a more sustainable future together. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are in a unique position to foster the engagement with sustainable development (SD) taking a whole-institution approach to Teaching and Learning, Research and Community Engagement.

Furthermore, the survey looks closer at partnerships, leadership and strategy for SD and the relatively new concept of Climate Change Education (CCE). This report provides data and thus shows the global commitment and responsibilities of many HEIs towards the 2030 Agenda and SD more generally. The survey was conducted in collaboration with ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation), Crue (Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas), and MECCE (The Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education Project). Download the report here.

The virtual launch event on 31 January, 2023 presented the report and experts from different countries were invited to discuss the results and its implications for universities working with sustainable development, in particular the SDGs. A recording is available here on the IAU YouTube channel.

Free Online Course: Learning for a Sustainable Future
The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with 'Learning for Sustainability Scotland' (RCE Scotland) and the British Council, with input from Education Scotland, will be running their free online course, 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' again, from 13 March, 2023.

This five-week course is designed for and open to anyone with an interest in, or remit for, sustainability, to learn more. Participants will explore a range of global, community and school-based contexts and develop an informed personal response to major challenges, such as climate change and gender equality. Engagement and time commitment are both flexible. Full details, including how to register, are available here.

Youth Political Participation in Thailand: A Social and Historical Overview The current Thai youth (aged 15–24) have grown up in a time of political change and polarization. In 2020, resentment toward the junta government exploded in student-led protests not only at the university but also at the high-school and middle-school levels. This report provides historical backgrounds and investigates the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that incited the movement. The objective is to describe the political context and explain this phenomenon based on relevant literature, news reports, and research with Thai high school students. Read more

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