ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 39 (February 2016)


Issue 39: February 2016


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat:

Dear colleagues and friends,

This year’s ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS) was a full success. Held at TERI University, New Delhi, India on 1-12 February, 2016, the theme of the 2016 ProSPER.Net YRS was ‘Sustainable Energy for Transforming Lives: Availability, Accessibility, Affordability’.

The aim of the researchers’ school is to offer an opportunity for students to be exposed to sustainability issues, while developing research skills, and to further encourage a network of students/future professionals and academics working on sustainable development. Applications were open for PhD students from ProSPER.Net member universities and the School was taught by leading sustainability experts from ProSPER.Net member universities across the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.

The participants developed advanced knowledge and skills in sustainability research and practice, with a special focus on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy, in-depth research design and planning skills, received advice on their own thesis and related research proposals and finally became part of a network of sustainability researchers in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year 17 students from ten ProSPER.Net member universities took part in the School:

• Keio University (Japan)

• University of Tokyo (Japan)

• RMIT (Australia)

• Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

• Tongji University (China)

• Chinese Academy of Sciences -Institute of Applied Ecology (China)

• AIT (Thailand)

• King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand)

• Prince of Songkla University (Thailand)

• TERI (India)

Participants particularly appreciated the interactive and practical programme and the possibility to network during and after the School. The World Café style session on the last day allowed for discussion on how future programmes can look like in terms of content and structure.

Lectures and related movies have now been uploaded on ProSPER.Net. Photos can be found on facebook. The group reports and research proposals developed by each group will also be shared soon.


ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Upcoming Events

8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns27-29 April, 2016, Bilbao, Spain

Early bird registration is open until 4 March for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe. Read more.

10th MMUST International Conference: Universal health coverage: Innovative strategies towards attainment of SDGs24-26 May, 2016, Kakamega, Kenya

The 10th MMUST International Conference on Health will focus on the following sub-themes: Global health, health systems, education and communication, politics, and society, culture and health. Read more

66th UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/NGO ConferenceEducation for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together30 May – 1 June, 2016, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

The topic for this year’s conference is Education for Global Citizenship. Conference participants will strive to define culturally appropriate international and regional messaging, learning and advocacy strategies, partnerships and governmental accountability frameworks including financing for development. Read more

World Education Congress: Quality education for sustainable and inclusive growth23-24 June, 2016, Mumbai, India

During the World Education Congress participants will discuss “Evolving Trends in Education”. The congress will examine modern as well as traditional knowledge systems.Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

Open Calls

2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

UNESO has launched the call for nominations for the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Endowed with US$150,000, it honours outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in ESD. Read more

EduCamp ESD Teaching Kits

The EduCamp nbsp;kits are novel tools to support student-centred teaching methodologies. They assist teachers in implementing ESD in their in/outdoor activities. There are five teaching kits in the areas of Our World, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Energy, and Water. All of the materials provided in these four books focus on the implementation of student-centred pedagogical approaches on ESD topics through experiments, class discussions, debates, role plays, games, and other methods. Read more

UN General Assembly reaffirms role of ESD

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing Education for Sustainable Development as “a vital means of implementation for sustainable development”, taking note of UNESCO’s final report on the UN Decade of ESD, and reaffirming UNESCO’s lead. Read more

#KnowYourGoals Campaign by SDSN-Youth

In partnership with Eco Boys and Girls, Oikos International, Project Everyone, Action/2015 and The World’s Largest Lesson, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth (SDSN-Y) launched the ‪#‎KnowYourGoalsglobal campaign. It has now spread over 42 countries and has reached more than 10,000 individuals.

Indian Cities Assess Potential for District Energy

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has initiated a project to help Indian cities accelerate their transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development through modern District Energy Systems (DES). Entitled “Renewable Energy Efficiency in Buildings & Cities: Assessing Potential for District Energy Systems (DES) in Indian Cities”, the project aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to local governments and stakeholders in India to develop a replicable modern district energy approach, particularly for district cooling, that can be further scaled up across the country. Read more

Global Education Conversation 2016 – watch the outcomes of the Education World Forum

The Education World Forum took place from 17 to 20 January 2016. The event saw ministers and their senior advisers representing over 80 per cent of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy. Watch the video: Global Education Conversation 2016 .

Can you imagine a Clean World?

A Clean World is exactly what Let’s Do It! World is after, when organising a World Cleanup Day 8 September 2018. They intend to engage the whole world from for one big World Cleanup Day, to collect trash. Let’s Do It! A world a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country (10,000 tonnes of waste) in just five hours. Since then, with the help of volunteers, the model—one country in one day— spread around the world. To date, 112 countries and 14,5 million people have joined and cleaned up more than 500,000 tonnes of illegal waste. In order to prepare for World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It! World are looking for people and partners, using existing know-how on sensible waste management practices and seeking for more, to create a Clean World plan. Read more

ESD recognized in COP21 agreement

The critical role of education in climate change was given the stamp of approval at the international climate conference, COP21, in Paris in December. Article 12 on education states that “parties shall cooperate in taking measures…to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.” Read more

ESD Books, Publications and Other

The Open Government Guide Special Edition: Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

To support OGP countries’ pledge to use future national action plans to spur progress across the 17 SDGs, the OGP Support Unit and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative present this special edition of the Open Government Guide. Read more

Manual for evaluating and monitoring partnerships, UNESCO and WEF

This manual is for practitioners of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. These are voluntary initiatives involving government, business and civil society players to seek to bring about positive change in education towards the Education for ALL goal. Read more

UNESCO Guide for evaluating and monitoring community-based projects

Although published in 2009, this guide is still useful for anyone setting up, planning or working with community development projects. Read more

A call for joint action to achieve the SDGs: Advancing integrated solutions to accelerate change

Joint statement by important organizations (UNEP, UN Habitat, ICLEI, CBD, WRI, WWF, IUCN, and the Inter-parliamentary Union) to commit to the multi-stakeholder partnership approach and to scale up action towards the SDGs. Read more

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