ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 44 (August 2016)


Issue 44: August 2016


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat:

Dear colleagues and friends,

Three new Members join ProSPER.Net

During the ProSPER.Net Board Meeting and General Assembly on 11 July, 2016, the community welcomed three new members to the network, namely Institut Technologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). This brings the total number of ProSPER.Net members to 37.

Institut Technologi Bandung (ITB) or Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia is the oldest technology-oriented university in Indonesia and has strong international links in the area of ESD for example in Disaster Risk Reduction. The institute’s fields of Engineering and IT are particularly known globally and in the Asia Pacific region.

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) or Indonesia University of Education already has a curriculum in place to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs. The university has strong cooperation with other institutes and a historically having strong and integrated ESD concept.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) or University of Technology Malaysia has a number of faculties that incorporate ESD in their curricula, for example the Civil Engineering Department. Further, they offer a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Systems and have strong links to Japanese universities.

New ProSPER.Net Board, Board Chair and Vice Chair

At the same time, Keio University and Vietnam National University (VNU) - HCMC replaced Hosei University and University of the South Pacific as Members of the Board. The remaining Board Members were re-elected for another term of two years. Prof. Norichika Kanie from Keio University was elected as Board Chair for a term of two years, replacing Prof. Yuji Suzuki from Hosei University. Prof. Sivanappan Kumar from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was appointed as Vice Chair. ProSPER.Net and all members wished to thank Prof. Suzuki for his long-standing commitment to the network and his work as Board Chair. Prof. Suzuki and Prof. Tony Dalton, Vice Chair of the Board, were both valuable members of the Board and they will hopefully remain active in ProSPER.Net over the coming years.

ProSPER.Net Forum: Higher Education as a mechanism to achieve the SDGs

The Forum on “Higher Education and the SDGs” highlighted how ProSPER.Net as a network and its projects help reach the targets set forth in the SDGs. During the discussions, the panel agreed that universities should focus on modelling best practices, connect more with communities outside their campus, and emphasize collaboration rather than competition. Read more

ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme highlights local sustainable challenges and solutions in Malaysia

Over eight days, the intensive programme saw leaders discuss the following topics: housing and urban poverty, promotion of small scale tourism through homestays, domestic waste management, eco-tourism, and flood disaster management. Participants worked on one of these five topics, received important lectures from experts, and interacted with local stakeholders and communities through either multi-stakeholder discussions or field activities. The students were faced directly with the challenges of each community. They learned about the community’s hopes for change, and how some of these challenges had been tackled. More importantly they were able to identify which problems remained unresolved and discuss potential solutions. Read more



Upcoming Events

Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on the SDGs

6-8 October, 2016, TERI University, New Delhi

Abstracts from doctoral, post-doctoral and researchers working in the areas of SDG 12 (sustainable consumption and production) can be submitted. This event is organized by ProSPER.Net member TERI University and SDSN South Asia. Sponsorships are available for presenters from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. Apply by 1st September 2016 by sending your CV and cover letter via the head of your respective institute to more

1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity

27-29 October, 2016, Nanao, Ishikawa

UNESCO, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations University, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, and Nanao City are organizing this event to establish an “Asian Biocultural Model” for the sustainable use of biocultural resources for community development. Read more

The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment - ICSBE 2016

16-18 December, 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka

The conference is organized by ProSPER.Net member University of Peradeniya. The deadline for abstract submission has passed, however you can still register here.

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

Open Calls

Asia-Pacific higher education: ‘Sydney Statement’ sets out actions for improved comparability and recognition of qualifications

30 countries agree on a plan to address the challenges facing region’s burgeoning number of internationally mobile learners. Read more

UNEP's Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

This free MOOC, starting September 12, will allow participants to gain a better understanding of how ecosystems function; and identify potential solutions to environmental problems inspired in part by the complex dynamics of ecosystems. Read more

The UNESCO Learning City Award 2017

This Award will be conferred on cities that demonstrate exemplary commitment to promoting inclusive education and lifelong learning at the local level. Read more

National Geographic supports local explorers in Asia

The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration - Asia supports scientists, conservationists and explorers through its regional, peer-reviewed grant programme. Read more

Participate in the next EcoChallenge

Challenge yourself from 14-28 October to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. Choose your challenge, invite your co-workers, friends or family, and connect with other EcoChallengers. Read more

Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course

The EPRM course, offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research. Deadline for the Spring Programme is in December. Read more

More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on ProSPER.Net.

Latest News

IPBES webinar 4: Guide relating to varied conceptualizations of value.

This webinar explores the multiple values of nature and its benefits to people and its contributions to a good quality of life. Read more

Links between health and biodiversity discussed at UNEA – aligning policy and practice

Dr. Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Research Coordinator (UNU-IAS) joined the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi to commemorate the International Day for Biodiversity. In his statement on “Strengthening and Aligning Linkages between Policy and Practice in Health and Biodiversity” he described the close link between health and biodiversity in its multiple dimensions. Read more

UN launches global awareness campaign on climate action

Ranging from South African hospitals group Netcare Ltd to Dutch banking group ING, the new commitments join over 11,000 already registered on NAZCA -- the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action, established in 2014. Read more

rootAbility spreads Green Office model across Europe

UNESCO Japan 2015 prize-winners rootAbility are putting sustainability at the heart of universities and higher education institutions through their innovative Green Office Model. Read more. You can follow the laureates of the Prize in this blog.

ESD Books, Publications and Other

Knowledge and Life Skills for the Future: A Guide to Flipping the Curriculum for HEI

“FLIPCurric” is a global online practitioner’s guide, assuring graduates keep pace with rapidly changing needs and contexts in the 21st century.Read more Watch the video here.

Sustainable Lifestyles Toolkit for local municipalities

The Sustainable Lifestyles Toolkit was published to focus on the local level in the form of municipalities and regions and their resource to influence people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Read more

Getting started with SDGS in cities - a guide for local stakeholders

Jointly developed by SDSN and the German government, the report outlines how city leaders, local practitioners and policy makers can use the SDGs to guide on-the-ground planning and development. Read more

Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs: implementation and monitoring at subnational level

The report published by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, UNDP and UN Habitat, was officially launched at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Read more

Learning Cities’ documents and materials now available in all six UN languages

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has now translated all documents related to learning cities. They are now available in six languages.Read more

The Barefoot Guide Connection

This is a growing collection of free Barefoot Guides in a variety of languages, a resource library of practical exercises, tools, workshops and more on learning and social change. Read more

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