ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 46 (October 2016)


Issue 46: October 2016

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat:

Dear colleagues and friends,

Are you looking for another ProSPER.Net member? Would you like to know ProSPER.Net’s reach in the Asia Pacific region? Search for other members and access their profiles via ProSPER.Net. At the same time, please check your institution’s details to make sure they are correct and let us know if any changes are needed.



Upcoming Events

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in South Asia

7-19 November 2016, Sri Lanka

This event is being organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) and University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, a member of ProSPER.Net.

Women and Tsunami-based Disaster Risk Reduction: Comparing Perspectives between Japan and Pacific States

November 7, 2016, UNU HQ, Tokyo, Japan

UNITAR will host a public session to provide multi-sided opinions on tsunami-based DRR and include specialists on gender and DRR from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, as well as several Pacific countries, universities, and international institutions. To learn more visit the UNITAR facebook page.

15th General Conference of the International Association of Universities

Bangkok, Thailand, 13-16 November 2016

The event held at ProSPER.Net member Chulalongkorn University will focus on sharing strategies how higher education institutions contribute to innovation and sustainability and how they can become true catalysts for change. Read more

Open Calls

A2R Climate Resilience Initiative

In collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), this contest invites solutions on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. Deadline is 10 February 2017.

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

Latest News

RCE Greater Western Sydney organizes ProSPER.Net Roundtable

RCE Greater Western Sydney organized a two-hour Roundtable on ProSPER.Net at Western Sydney University (WSU) on October 4, 2016. Major points of discussion were ProSPER.Net’s joint projects for curriculum development, and student, faculty, and researchers’ mobility across ProSPER.Net. Read more

Community Engagement Beyond Campus: UNU-IAS at AASHE

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference, held in Baltimore, USA, 9-12 October, had the theme 'Beyond the Campus'. The event emphasized the service role universities play in their communities in the production and dissemination of knowledge. Read more

Mapping the World Bank’s Support for Education

The Smarter Education Systems tool demonstrates how the World Bank helps countries ensure "Learning for All" through support to countries on both the financing (loans, grants, and more) and knowledge (research, publications, and more) fronts. Read miore

Sri Lankan youth leaders boost recycling and resource efficiency on campus

Two Sri Lankan youth environmental leaders are getting two of the country’s most important universities to scale up resource efficiency and recycling while spurring behavioural change among students. Read more

A New Urban Agenda – Key Commitments

The New Urban Agenda is a Roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centres of cultural and social well-being while protecting the environment. The Agenda also provides guidance for achieving the SDGs.

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The Sustainability Literacy Test is an international online tool to assess Sustainability Literacy. The test can be used in different ways: as a diagnostic tool, in learning mode or for an exam.

Results of the Wenhui Award 2016

With a focus on partnerships for this year’s Wenhui Award, two ProSPER.Net Members (TERI University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) were shortlisted for their work on teacher capacity development and community transformation respectively. The winners have been announced here.

SDG Knowledge Hub

For each of the SDGs the International Institute for Sustainable Development has published related news, events, policy briefs and more. Read more

SDGs in Action App

The SDGs in Action app features: 1) Information on all 17 goals, including targets, explanatory videos, key facts and figures. 2) Latest news 3) Innovations that help to achieve these goals 3) Actions and events near you that you can join to support the goals. Read more

SDG-Based City-Level Strategies

The USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) is supporting SDG achievement strategies in three pilot cities in the US. These cities will be the first to develop SDG-based city-level development strategies that will serve as a model for cities worldwide. Read more

ESD Books, Publications and Other

Country Readiness to Monitor SDG 4 Education Targets

This publication examines the challenges and countries’ readiness to monitor the new SDG 4 targets at the global level. The Survey results on Asia and the Pacific countries’ readiness to measure and monitor the new SDG 4 targets show there are data gaps for certain targets, such as 4.7 on SDG and Global Citizenship. To download and read the report, click here.

UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development

UNESCO’s Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development draws on a global survey with nine regional partners and insights from scholars, NGOs and urban thinkers. A global overview of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, it highlights their role as resources for sustainable urban development. Read more

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

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