ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 126 (July 2023)

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! This past month saw the exciting launch of a Teaching and Learning Guidebook on Circular Economy in the Built Environment, an output from a recent ProSPER.Net Joint Research Project on ‘Circular Economy Integration for Sustainable Built Environment Education’, led by RMIT University. See below for further details about the project and new publication.

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

Registrations Open: RCE Youth Webinar
10 August 2023, 22:00-24:00 (JST).

Organised by the RCE Regional Youth Coordinators (RYCs) and co-hosted by the Global RCE Service Centre at UNU-IAS, the RCE Youth Webinar 'Igniting Changes for a Sustainable World: Embracing Intersectionality in Sustainability and Local Community Actions' will be held online on 10 August, 2023 to celebrate International Youth Day 2023.

The webinar will put a spotlight on the importance of youth participation in sustainable development at local, national, and global levels. It will highlight the pivotal role of youth, explore the concept of intersectionality, and emphasise the significance of local community actions in achieving a sustainable future. Visit the event page to learn more about the event and how to register here.

Open Calls

Applications Open: Net-Zero Thailand - ACE Youth Ideathon Camp
Calling all youth in Thailand! What does a carbon-neutral future look like to you? The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) and UNU-IAS, supported by the Korea Environment Corporation (K-eco), are hosting a net-zero ideathon workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 August - 1 September 2023. Participants will identify local issues that currently hinder the achievement of a net-zero transition, and design innovative and creative solutions utilising the whole-society approach to climate action. See the open call announcement (in Thai) on Facebook here for details on how you can apply.

Call for Papers: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2023)
Calling all students, lecturers, researchers, innovators, and sustainability enthusiasts! Prepare to make a lasting impact on our planet as the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) proudly presents the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2023), to be held from 5-6 December 2023 in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Held under the theme, 'Reinforcing SDGs Implementation for a Sustainable Future: Ensuring Inclusivity for All', students, lecturers, researchers, and stakeholders from all corners of the globe are invited to showcase their ground-breaking best practices and research by submitting papers and joining ICSDG2023.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 July 2023. For more information, visit the event website or view the event poster.

Latest News

Circular Economy Education Guidebook Launched at Webinar Event
On 29 June 2023, a webinar was held to share experiences in Circular Economy (CE) education across five universities, with more than 80 participants in attendance.

The webinar commenced with a welcome from the lead of the research project – Prof Usha Iyer-Raniga (RMIT University). This was followed by an introduction to the research project with a focus on the role of education in transitioning towards circularity. Experiences of educating CE at different universities were shared through the presentation of each university. A question and answer (Q&A) session was moderated with discussion between attendees and panelists by Dr. Jonghwi Park, Academic Programme Officer and Head of Innovation and Education at UNU-IAS. The webinar closed with highlights of key takeaways from the project lead and special guest Assoc Prof Subarna Sivapalan from University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

The highlight of this event was the launch of a Teaching and Learning Guidebook for circular economy in the built environment, which can be accessed here (under the ‘Outputs’ tab). The Guidebook is designed based on an easy-to-understand approach to cater to a wide range of readers. It can be used as a reference for initial understanding of CE concepts and for designing a CE-related course, or as a precursor to a textbook for CE education.
A video of the webinar is available to view here. For further discussion on CE education and the Guidebook, contact Prof Usha Iyer-Raniga.

Forum Examines Evolving Role of Higher Education in Achieving the SDGs
The 2023 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Global Forum was held on 17 July 2023 at UN Headquarters in New York as a special event at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The forum discussed challenges and opportunities for higher education to accelerate recovery from COVID-19 and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. Read more

Climate & SDGs Synergy Conference Builds Ambition for Just Transition
On 16 July 2023, leaders and experts convened at UN headquarters in New York for the Fourth Global Conference on Climate and SDG Synergies, with 4,000 viewers online. It discussed progress and approaches for delivering jointly on these two critical agendas to transition towards just, equitable, and climate compatible pathways. UNU-IAS contributed expertise and evidence-based inputs focused on just transition and integrated solutions. Read more

SDG Publications

New Community Climate Action Toolkit Launched
On 11 July 2023, an online event was held for the launch of the Community Climate Action Toolkit, produced by The Schumacher Institute in Bristol (UK) and the COMMEET Fellowship (the Netherlands). The Toolkit aims to provide practical and easy-to-use tools and resources to empower small groups of people to take action on climate change in their community. If you missed the launch event, you can watch a recording here. A copy of the toolkit is also available for download here.

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