ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 49 (February 2017)


Issue 49: February 2017

Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Joint Research Proposal (open only to ProSPER.Net members, deadline 26th May)

ProSPER.Net members are encouraged to submit joint research proposals for 2017. Proposals need to be prepared following the updated ProSPER.Net Project Guidelines. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Board prior to the General Assembly in July. Approved projects should be implemented within six months following approval, and should be completed within one year.

ProSPER.Net Mobility Programmes - More Universities Come on Board

Student Exchange, Faculty and Researchers’ Exchange, Graduate and Post-Graduate Programmes and other options are now available to ProSPER.Net students. Benefit as a ProSPER.Net member from Programmes other Members have to offer! Five ProSPER.Net universities have now shared their mobility options among the network. Find out in this newsletter how Miyagi University of Education and Prince of Songkla University use their pogrammes and activities to engage students and researchers from other ProSPER.Net member universities. Read more

Reminder - New Membership Applications 2017

Membership of ProSPER.Net is limited to higher education institutions in Asia-Pacific that offer postgraduate education and research in sustainable development and in ESD related fields. ProSPER.Net also has an affiliate membership category for universities outside the Asia-Pacific region working together with the network for the benefit of the region. Read more

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for upcoming ProSPER.Net events

ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme 2017: Building transformational leadership towards the SDGs

29 June - 5 July, 2017, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

The programme will provide participants with the necessary inter-disciplinary skills to lead sustainable development initiatives appropriate to local, regional or global contexts. Participants will go through a unique experience during the Programme with a special focus on collaborative efforts, leveraging networks and involving multiple stakeholders. Read more

ProSPER.Net Joint Meetings: 17th Board Meeting and 11th General Assembly

5-6 July, 2017, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Details will be announced soon and focal points of each member institute will receive their invitation via e-mail from the Secretariat. More information on these events will soon be posted on ProSPER.Net.

Young Researchers’ School (YRS) 2017

6-15 March, 2017, International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat received an overwhelming response during this year’s application process, with 48 applications from 13 ProSPER.Net member institutes and 12 countries.

We will soon be uploading pictures and report back from the School’s highlights on ProSPER.Net.

International Symposium on Biodiversity and Sustainability

12 March, 2017, UNU-Headquarters, Tokyo

UNU-IAS, together with the University of Tokyo Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), will co-host this symposium that will bring together leading experts to discuss the integration of social and ecological systems, including the valuation of ecosystem services, with a view to contributing to building societies in harmony with nature, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting sustainability science. Read more

International Congress on Education for the 21st Century (ICE2017)

3-4 May, 2017, Nonthaburi Thailand

Hosted by the Ministry of Education, Thailand and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) the Congress brings together diverse education actors and stakeholders representing the governments of SEAMEO Member Countries as well as public and private education institutions and agencies. Read more

Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Asia-Pacific

25-28 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The conference will be hosted by ProSPER.Net member RMIT University in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, RCE Hamburg, under the auspices of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). Deadline for registration is 30 May, 2017. Read more

Resilience 2017 conference

20-23 August, 2017, Stockholm, Sweden

Organised by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and sponsored by Future Earth, this conference will be linked together with a science-policy-practice day on 24 August. The SDG Labs with be complemented by SDG sessions organised by Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Networks. This conference is followed by the  International Conference on Sustainability Science – Global Goals: new approaches to knowledge generation – challenges and solutions from local to global scales  Read more

Sustainable Development Conference - Green technology, Renewable energy and Environmental protection

13-15 July, 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Conference on sustainable development is intended to be a forum, discussion and networking place for academics, researchers, professionals, administrators, educational leaders, policy makers, industry representatives, advanced students, and others. Read more

Open Calls

Vacancy: Senior Programme Associate ESD Team, UNU-IAS, Tokyo

UNU-IAS is looking for a Senior Programme Associate to coordinate the ESD Project, including day-to-day management, programme outreach, event coordination, and budget management. Deadline is 3 March, 2017. Read more

Call for Ideas and innovations for breakthroughs to achieve the SDGs

Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre are looking for ideas with potential to make major breakthroughs on the SDGs. The outcomes of the SDG Labs will be presented on 24 August during the joint “Ideas and Innovation” policy day for policymakers, business, researchers and media. Read more

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People

Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, a GAP Key Partner. Read more

Latest News

Policy Makers in South East Asia Grasp Concept of Sustainable Value Chains - Shifting from ‘Governance through Rules’ to ‘Governance through Goals’

Over 50 policymakers of different ministries from ASEAN countries joined the ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme in Hanoi, Vietnam to learn more about Sustainable Consumption and Production best practices and addressing the demand of upscaling these through new models and systems. Read more

The Stockholm Statement - Towards a consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world

13 economists discussed the challenges faced by today’s economic policy makers and came up with ten principles essential for policy making. Read more

Five Challenges of Analysing Progress – and How We Got Around Them

Sadly, it’s often the positive development stories that don’t make the headlines – for example how Nepal has reduced maternal mortality by an estimated 75% since the early 1990s; how Peru lowered urban poverty from 42% to 16% between 2001 and 2013, or how Burkina Faso reclaimed 2-300,000 hectares of land from the Saharan desert over the past 30 years. These are just a few of the examples that deserve more attention. This ODI article summarises a few of the biggest challenges in trying to better analyse examples of progress like these. Read more

Winners of 2016 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award Announced

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan in cooperation with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education have announced the winners of the 2016 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award under the theme 'Saving Energy’. Read more.

World Economic Forum: Why Collaboration Will Be Key to Achieving the SDGs

Building partnership models which are long lasting, scalable and transformative, and which create shared value are key. The rapid transformation heralded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect economic, social, environmental, cultural and political life more widely, demanding new ways of working together. Read more

National Students Union (NSU) Survey on Sustainability

This survey initiated by NSU and the results clearly show how much students care about sustainability. 80 per cent of them want their institution to be doing more on sustainable development, 60 per cent of students want to learn more about sustainability. Read more


Urban Environmental Education Review, Russ and Krasny, eds., 2017

According to 90 scholars from six continents, environmental education in cities can foster urban sustainability, as showcased in this book. Three themes—participation of urban residents in planning and environmental stewardship, exploring and reconstructing urban places, and forming partnerships among disciplines and organizations who care about the urban environment—emerged as critical. Read more

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information

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