ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 124 (May 2023)

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! In the latest round of events this month, don't miss the third and final webinar from the ProSPER.Net joint research project, 'Circular Economy Integration for Sustainable Built Environment Education', which will delve into the role of education in the circular economy transition. See below for further details.

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

Webinar: Circular Economy Education Research Project and Guidebook Launch - Experience and Lessons Learned
29 June 2023, 16:00-17:30 (AEST), online

As part of the ProSPER.Net research project 'Circular Economy Integration for Sustainable Built Environment Education', the third webinar aims to share experiences in circular economy education across five universities, and discuss the drivers and barriers of circular economy (CE) education to provide high-quality skilled labour to meet industry demands for CE transition. Read more

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

This exhibition features nine of the awarded artworks from the 2022 RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge, which was held in partnership with UNESCO. The Challenge provided a creative platform for youth around the world to share their perspectives through art. All artworks focused on SDG 14 (life below water) or SDG 15 (life on land), highlighting the species, habitats, and ecosystems we need to work to protect.

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. Read more

ESD-Net for 2030 Learning Webinar on ESD Pedagogy
31 May 2023, 13:00-15:00 (CET)

The ESD-Net for 2030 Learning Webinar May session will feature four workshops covering a range of topics from personal leadership, ESD in primary education, inspiring a generation of global goals innovators, to embedding climate education in schools and municipalities. Read more

UNESCO-UNFCCC Webinar Series: What does a climate-proof and climate-ready school look like?
20 June 2023, 10:00 (CEST)

The second session of the webinar series on greening education on the road to COP28 will look at how to transform learning environments to ensure sustainability principles in response to climate change. The conversation will also explore how school governance and culture become inclusive and participatory. Read more

Register Now for the 2023 HESI Global Forum
17 July 2023, 10:00-13:00 (EDT), hybrid

The HESI 2023 Global Forum, organised by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), will take place on 17 July 2023 as an in-person gathering with virtual participation to highlight the critical role of higher education in achieving sustainable development. The Forum is held as a special event to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)– UN’s main platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level.

The Forum will place a particular focus on understanding the challenges and opportunities to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda at all levels, in line with the theme of the HLPF in 2023 of ‘Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels'.

Registration to attend in-person and virtually is now open. Read more and register here

Open Calls

Call for Applications: ESD Okayama Award 2023
The ESD Okayama Award 2023, which recognises outstanding ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) activities in Japan and abroad, is now open for applications.

Okayama City (Japan) and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Board are looking for projects that educate and develop people to learn from each other and take action toward the creation of a sustainable society from various perspectives, such as environmental conservation, community development, inheritance of traditional culture, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Eligibility: Organisations based in any country implementing ESD activities in local communities are eligible.
Number of Award-Winning Projects: Up to two projects
Prize: US $3,000 per project
Deadline for Application: 14 July 2023, 17:00 (Japanese Standard Time)
Award Ceremony: One representative from the organisation(s) implementing the awarded project(s) will be invited to the Award Ceremony in Okayama, Japan and requested to give a presentation on the project. The scheduled date is 23 November 2023 (Thursday).

View the pamphlet, Application Guide and Application Form, and for more details, please visit the official website

Applications Open: JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2023
UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, which will commence in September 2023. Jointly organised by UNU-IAS and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research in sustainability in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. Under this programme, fellows conduct research relevant to one or more of the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS: Biodiversity & Society; Governance for Climate Change & Sustainable Development; Innovation & Education; and Water & Resource Management. The application deadline is 31 May 2023. Read more

Apply Now for UNU Intensive Core Courses
Applications are now open for the Autumn 2023 session of the UNU Intensive Core (UNU-IC) Courses. The session will be conducted in hybrid mode from 1–29 September 2023. Lectures will be delivered on-site at the UNU Headquarters Building in Tokyo, Japan and live-streamed for online participants.

Every year UNU-IAS organises these four-week courses in Tokyo, Japan. They are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Drawing on research projects undertaken at UNU-IAS and other UNU institutes, the courses provide students with a solid background in the essential theories and multilateral approaches to issues of sustainability and development while emphasising interdisciplinary perspectives. Applications close on 7 July 2023. Read more

Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Development in Higher Education
In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Asia-Pacific region, higher education institutions and civil society need to engage in meaningful dialogue and action to ensure that information needs are met. Against this background and in order to cater to a wide discussion on the contribution of higher education institutions to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, the 'Asia-Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Development in Higher Education: sustainability as a driver of prosperity and peace' is being held from 4-5 March 2024 in Hiroshima, Japan.

The event will be organised by the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the University of Hiroshima (Japan).

As an output of the Symposium, the book 'Sustainable Development in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: sustainability as a driver of prosperity and peace', will be published by Springer Nature, as part of the World Sustainability Series.

Abstract submissions are now being accepted until 30 July 2023. Further details are available here.

Latest News

Side Event at UN ESCAP Discusses Climate Change and the Right to Education
On 17 May 2023, UNU-IAS and UNESCO co-organised a side event of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 79th Session, on the theme 'Climate Change and the Right to Education'. The event discussed how the right to education — including access to and continuity of quality education and lifelong learning — is being threatened by the effects of climate change, as well as the critical role of education in climate solutions. Read more

World Environment Day Lunch: The Environment and the Circular Economy
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Melbourne on 17 May 2023, the 2nd Annual World Environment Day Lunch, 'The Environment and the Circular Economy' event was a celebration of Victorian environmental sustainability initiatives. The assembled expert panel spoke about how organisations can benefit and be involved in initiatives over a sustainable lunch designed with a low carbon footprint from sustainable sources.

(Copyright [flyer]: Rotary Club Melbourne)

ESD Publications & Other

Asia-Pacific Regional Synthesis: Climate Change, Displacement and the Right to Education
A new book published by UNU-IAS and UNESCO analyses the impacts of climate change and displacement on the right to education in Asia and the Pacific — the global region most impacted by natural disasters and climate change. Asia-Pacific Regional Synthesis: Climate Change, Displacement and the Right to Education provides guidance for policymakers to ensure education is protected, by applying a human rights-based approach.

The book presents case studies in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Tuvalu, and Viet Nam, examining specific and common vulnerabilities to climate change and related mobility. It shows that climate change threatens education both directly — through the destruction of schools and property — and indirectly, by forcing people to cross borders, ensuring neither legal residency nor the right to education. The book offers evidence-based recommendations for building national education systems that are resilient to the impacts of climate change and ready to ensure the minimum learning disruption for all ages during displacements. Read more

Bridging the Governance Gap: Protecting the Education Rights of Climate Displaced Persons in South and Southeast Asia
A new UNU-IAS policy brief provides recommendations on ensuring education and learning continuity for people affected by climate-induced displacement. The brief, 'Bridging the Governance Gap: Protecting the Education Rights of Climate Displaced Persons in South and Southeast Asia', identifies policy gaps contributing to the persistence of learning disruptions, and offers guidance on building education systems resilient to the impacts of climate change. It is authored by Ying-Syuan (Elaine) Huang, Philip Vaughter, and Jonghwi Park.

The brief is based on research conducted by UNU-IAS and UNESCO in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Tuvalu and Viet Nam. This research also produced the book Asia-Pacific Regional Synthesis: Climate Change, Displacement and the Right to Education, published by UNESCO & UNU-IAS in April 2023. Read more

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