ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 129 (October 2023)

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! This month we held the ProSPER.Net Sustainability Forum, co-organised by UNU-IAS as part of the UN Weeks at Sophia University. The event featured inspiring sessions on the new direction for equity and inclusion towards transforming education. Thank you to all who contributed and participated to make this event a great success!

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

2023 Higher Education Summit – Student Takeover
23-25 November 2023, online

The Higher Education Summit is a conference series initiated by the COPERNICUS Alliance, the European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development. From 23-25 November 2023, the COPERNICUS Alliance will be co-organising a three-day online conference together with the student initiative oikos International, and will raise the question: "How can we foster collective transformative learning and structurally integrate it into higher education to make it future-proof?"

Preparing for the future entails a paradigm shift towards more learner-driven education, which means that not only students, but also teachers and other educational and societal stakeholders learn by closely collaborating – a real Copernican Revolution in Higher Education.

The Summit will bring together students, educators and changemakers in the field of transformative learning for sustainable development within higher education. The interactive program will offer different formats including keynotes, workshops, and spaces for informal exchange among participants. Registration is free – visit the website or reserve your virtual seat here by 16 November 2023.

Latest News

Forum Explores New Direction for Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education
On 21 October 2023, UNU-IAS co-organised the ProSPER.Net Sustainability Forum as part of the UN Weeks at Sophia University. The event discussed the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the provision of inclusive and equitable education, particularly its impact on vulnerable populations, as well as the efforts of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in striving for sustainability and inclusion. Read more

(Photo credit: Sophia University)

SDG Action Weekend Event Discusses Collaboration on Postgraduate Education
As part of the SDG Action Weekend in New York, a UNU event discussed the role of postgraduate education in achieving the global goals. Held at the UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) on 16 September 2023, the event reflected on international and transdisciplinary higher education initiatives in Bangladesh, Germany, and Japan.

Experts from UNU and several partner institutions explored the potential of postgraduate education to address sustainable development challenges, focusing on partnerships between the Global North and the Global South. The event also exchanged strategies and best practices for integrating environmental management and resource–nexus concepts into postgraduate curriculums. Read more

UNU-IAS Director Calls for Just Transition at 10th Innovation for Cool Earth Forum
On 4 October 2023, Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS) presented in a plenary session at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), a platform for discussion between industry, academia and government leaders on innovation-based solutions to address climate change.

Focusing on the theme Green Transformation (GX) Together, the plenary session discussed approaches to realise inclusive transition by engaging all countries, regardless of their level of economic development — and all industries, regardless of their carbon intensity. Read more

ESD Publications & Other

Join Free Online Courses 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' and 'Live at COP28'
How should we take positive action towards a sustainable future? RCE Scotland, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the British Council, have created two free, short, facilitated online courses; ideal for anyone interested in sustainability and of particular interest to educators.

  • Learning for a Sustainable Future (starting 23 October)
    Climate change, gender equality, health, social equity, and inclusion are issues that affect us all, impacting human and wider planetary well-being. How to live a sustainable life affects – and connects – everyone. Join RCE Scotland on a personal and professional learning journey towards a sustainable future. Taking a personalised issue-based approach, this free, 5-week, facilitated course supports you to reflect, investigate, discuss and develop an informed personal response to major contemporary challenges faced today. Sign up here.

  • Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP28 (starting 30 November)
    Explore global issues during COP28 and be part of the call for collective action. Find out more about the key international frameworks that support action on climate change, and explore national and international responses to the conference themes from children and young people, community groups, and ministerial bodies. Engage in community discussion and share your perspectives and ideas for the future. Sign up here.

Participants can sign up at any time, however those completing the course before 26 November for the 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' and 14 December for the 'Live at COP28' course, will be entitled to a free certificate.

(Photo credit: The University of Edinburgh)

Policy Brief Promotes Landscape Approaches for Ecosystem Restoration
A new UNU-IAS Policy Brief, ‘Landscape Approaches to Ecosystem Restoration: Lessons Learned from Managing Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes Seascapes‘, provides recommendations on facilitating ecosystem restoration through equitable, inclusive, and sustainable management of landscapes and seascapes. Considering ecological, socio-economic, and cultural dimensions, it offers strategies on integrating restoration policy and practice through participatory multi-stakeholder engagement. Read more

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