ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 123 (April 2023)

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! This month, one of our featured upcoming events will be held - the ‘ProSPER.Net Mobility Workshop – Strategies for Enhancing Academic Mobility within the Network‘. This workshop for ProSPER.Net members will identify gaps and further opportunities to enhance mobility within the network‘ we hope to see you there! Take a look below for how to participate (registration closes on 24 April).

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).

ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Upcoming Events
ProSPER.Net Mobility Workshop – Strategies for Enhancing Academic Mobility within the Network
28 April 2023, 10:00-12:00 (GMT+7), online

The ProSPER.Net Mobility Workshop will be held on 28 April 2023 from 10:00-12:00 GMT+7 / 14:00-16:00 AEDST via Zoom. It aims to share the result of the ProSPER.Net survey on mobility and to discuss issues on how ProSPER.Net member institutions can support activities related to the academic mobility of students, researchers, faculty members, and curricula or courses. The workshop will identify gaps and further opportunities to enhance mobility within the network. ProSPER.Net members are cordially invited to participate in this workshop.

Please register via the online form by Monday 24 April 2023 (registration and participation is limited to ProSPER.Net member universities).
The tentative programme can be viewed here.

T7 Japan Summit
27–28 April 2023, ANA InterContinental Tokyo and online

The T7 Japan Summit will present research-based recommendations to support policy discussions at the G7 Hiroshima Summit in May 2023 and beyond. Under the theme 'Addressing Crises, Reigniting Sustainable Development, Bridging the G7 and Group of 20 (G20)', experts from Think7 (T7) Japan will propose solutions to advance:

  • development and economic prosperity;
  • wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and just transition;
  • science and digitalisation;
  • peace, security and global governance.

The summit will highlight measures to promote greater collaboration between the G7 and the Global South and seek to bridge G7–G20 action, underscoring the importance of these approaches for tackling shared challenges. It will include panel discussions on Ukraine's reconstruction, gender-equitable economic growth, disarmament and non-proliferation, and other imperatives, to be followed by a press conference.

UNU-IAS is co-chair of the T7 task force on Wellbeing, Environmental Sustainability, and Just Transition. It focuses on social and environmental challenges to achieving the SDGs and climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement after COVID-19. Registration details (in-person and online) are available here.

RCE Youth Art Challenge Exhibition
15 May – 15 July 2023, Global Environment Outreach Centre, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

In 2022, the second RCE Youth Art Challenge was held by the Global RCE Service Centre, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), in partnership with UNESCO, on the theme of biodiversity.

The Challenge put a spotlight on the species, habitats, and ecosystems that we all need to work to protect. Artworks were received from youth across the world, focusing on SDG 14 (life below water) or SDG 15 (life on land), and described the actions we can all take to conserve biodiversity.

From 15 May until 15 July 2023, an exhibition will be held at the Global Environment Outreach Centre at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, showcasing a number of the awarded artworks from the 2022 RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge.

Entries consisted of drawings, paintings, craft work, digital art, and photographs across two categories: 'Animals & Plants' and 'Habitats & Ecosystems' (take a look at the artworks in this video featuring the awardees).

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend; no registration is required.

Latest News

Side Event at UN 2023 Water Conference Discusses Global & Local Water Security
On 24 March 2023, UNU-IAS co-organised a side event of the UN 2023 Water Conference on the theme ‘Global to Local Water Security Assessment: How Do We Measure Up and How Close Are Our Targets Mid-way To SDG 6?‘ It discussed the status of water security with a focus on indicators and data, bringing together experts from academia, UN entities, civil society, and development banks. The event considered gaps and challenges related to metrics for SDG 6 (clean water & sanitation) and the UN Water Action Decade objectives. Read more.

ESD Publications & Other

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Context of Transformative Education
Published in the new Handbook of Education Policy, a guide to educational policy around the world, this chapter analyses ESD policy in school systems, higher education, and non-formal education, as well as initiatives targeting broader public audiences. View the chapter here.

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