ProSPER.Net E-bulletin Issue 45 (September 2016)


Issue 45: September 2016

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat:

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are delighted to announce the host for ProSPER.Net’ Young Researchers’ School (YRS) 2017. The School will be hosted by ProSPER.Net member Vietnam National University HCMC under the theme “Water resource and natural disasters management under climate change context”, on 6-17 March, 2017, in Hoh Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The main goal of the YRS is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to better understand the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. We will again bring young scientists together for an intensive two-week workshop, to foster the growth of a network of sustainability scholars and professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. More information will soon be available on ProSPER.Net.

All ProSPER.Net Members should have received an email with a template for a mobility plan and contact information forms. This is a gentle reminder that the ProSPER.Net Secretariat mobility plan and the communications sheet need to  be submitted to the Secretariat by 31st October, 2016.

The template for the mobility plan allows members to suggest ideas for inter-institution initiatives. The goal of this exercise is to develop a framework for mobility among ProSPER.Net-member institutions into the future, including student/faculty exchanges, co-teaching and co-supervision of student research, and visiting professor/researcher arrangements, that would establish and enhance greater academic synergies among ProSPER.Net members.  All member institutes are also requested to submit the contact information sheet with a list of current contacts in charge of ProSPER.Net related communications. With this information, we will be able to update our database and address important information to the appropriate recipients. The communications form will allow us at ProSPER.Net to communicate better with your institute, as well as promote your activities that may be of interest to the rest of the network.

Spread the word! Your colleagues and friends can now sign up for the ProSPER.Net bulletin via ProSPER.Net.



Upcoming Events

8th Tongyeong ESD International Forum

21-22 October, 2016, Sejahtera Forest, Tongyeong, Republic of Korea

The Forum, under the theme of “Sejahtera Forest for All” will bring ESD friends of the Asia-Pacific region together to share and discuss about RCE Tongyeong's programmes, and facilities. Read more

Hokkaido Sustainability Weeks

12-31 October, 2016, Hokkaido, Japan

ProSPER.Net member Hokkaido University is organising their annual Sustainability Weeks end of October. Many events related to sustainability will be held with delegates and speakers from Japan and abroad. Read more

7th Beijing International Forum on ESD and 4th Asia-Pacific Expert Meeting

26th-29th October 2016, Beijing, China

The theme of this meeting is “ESD towards the Mainstream of World Education” and includes UNESCO’s regional interpretations of ESD, ESD in basic, preschool, higher, and vocational education, and sustainable development for the elderly. Read  more

18th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, In Pursuit of Quality Education: The Past, Present and Future

26 October, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

This event is hoping to increase knowledge on how quality is understood in education, showcase innovative approaches to improve, assess and evaluate the quality of education. Read more

International Conference of Low Carbon Asia (ICLCA) 2016

23-25 November, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Held on campus of ProSPER.Net member Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), this annual conference brings academics, government and industry to champion the transformation and governance of low carbon societies in Asia and beyond. Read more

International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2016)

7-8 December, 2016, Penang, Malaysia

This event is held on campus of ProSPER.Net member Universiti Sains Malaysia  (USM). During the conference, collaboration among organizations in the South East Asia Countries in achieving the 17 SDGs will be fostered. Read more

8th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development

25-26 February 2017, Nonthaburi, Thailand

During the event participants will discuss effective strategies for rural development taking into account agricultural and environmental aspects. Abstracts can be submitted until 30 September, 2016. Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

Open Calls

Wege Prize 2017

This is a yearly student design competition that allows for collaboration across institutional and disciplinary boundaries, using design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000, to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like. Read more

2016 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award on Saving Energy

If your school is in South East Asia and has implemented activities to reduce energy consumption, you can participate in the 2016 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award. You can be recognised as a model of best practices in energy conservation and to promote ESD across South East Asia. Deadline is 25 November 2016. Read more

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

Latest News

Winners of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

This year's three laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD are the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan (RCE Okayama), the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development from Cameroon, and the National Union of Students UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We would like to extend our congratulations to RCE Okayama for all their hard work on ESD. Read more here. For pictures go to Flickr.

Students Study Tour in South Korea: Regional Tourism Forum

Based in the Tongyeong Sejahtera Centre and the city of Busan, during two weeks in July, the students learnt about sustainable and cultural tourism and embraced local cultures and cuisine. Read more

UNESCO ESD Pacific Updates: Environmental solutions in the Philippines

This annual journal shows research by students of Xavier University (secretariat of RCE Northern Mindanao) on environmental solution projects in different areas such as Disaster Risk Management, environmental studies, renewable energy, to name a few. Read more

First graduate course on SCP in India

SWITCH-Asia and ProSPER.Net member TERI University launched the first graduate course on SCP and resource efficiency in India. The course is a permanent part of the MA on Public Policy and Sustainable Development. Read more

SDGs Resource Centre

Do you know the global goals toolkit? It shows how to become an SDG champion, has a picture library, and how to get involved. Read more

ESD Books, Publications and Other

SDG Index and Dashboard

The German Bertelsmann Foundation together with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released a “SDG Index and Dashboard” for 149 countries. Read more

Global Sustainable Development Report 2016

The report focusses on the science-policy interface for sustainable development in the context of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.  Read more

Global Education Monitor Report

The 6th Global Education Monitor report “Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All” is now available. Read more

UNESCO YouthXchange Biodiversity & Lifestyles Guidebook

The report reviews the current knowledge about what factors influence sustainable lifestyles and proposes strategies for assessing policies and developing necessary actions. Read more

UNESCO YouthXchange: Green Skills and Lifestyles Guidebook

This publication was developed as a primer for youth on the green economy and the skills needed for it (for example engaging in social innovation and green entrepreneurship).  Read more

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat.

Please send your comments, suggestions and materials to

Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information

ProSPER.Net Secretariat 

United Nations University 
Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability 
5-53-70 Jingumae, 
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925