ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 53 (June 2017)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School Outcomes

Sixteen PhD students from eleven ProSPER.Net institutions from nine countries around Asia and the Pacific journeyed to Ho Chi Minh City for the 2017 YRS. They learned firsthand from local and international experts about the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and unsustainable water use in the region. The latest reports of each field trip, research proposals and all presentations have now ben uploaded on ProSPER.Net.

Open Call to Host ProSPER.Net Events in 2018

There is still a few days left to submit proposals to host below ProSPER.Net activities in 2018:

• Leadership Programme (LP)

• Young Researchers’ School (YRS)  - 2017/2018

• Board Meeting / General Assembly (BM/GA)

• Sustainability Forum

ProSPER.Net members interested in hosting above events can send an expression of interest together with a draft proposal, and a budget plan to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at by 26 June, 2017. For more information, visit ProSPER.Net.

Upcoming Events

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

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

Focal points of each member institute should have received their invitation via e-mail from the Secretariat. Kindly notify us of your attendance by submitting the registration form to the Secretariat ASAP if you have not done so. The meetings are held back to back with the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Research Intelligence Conference co-hosted by Elsevier and Chulalongkorn University on 5th July. More information on these events can be found here.

Summer Course Youth Leadership Programme on Sustainable Development

Community Resilience for Promoting Sustainable Development Goals in Changing Climate

12-21 September 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

ProSPER.Net member Universitas Gadja Mada is organizing this leadership course where youth will learn about SDGs, policy and agenda that currently influence sustainability worldwide. Participants will hear how they can engage with the movement, and position themselves as local and global communities.  UNU-IAS researchers Mario Tabucanon, Zinaida Fadeeva and Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana will be speakers at the event. Read more

8th IAEC Asia-Pacific Regional Network Meeting

14-15 September 2017, Suseong-gu, Korea

The IAEC (International Association of Educating Cities) invites all local governments in the Asia Pacific region, including RCEs, to share best ESD and GCE practices. The meeting is organized under the theme of ‘The role of Educating Cities to foster Global Citizenship Education'. Accommodation and local transport will be provided. RCEs with expertise in GCE practices are particularly encouraged to apply as a small honorarium for presenting will be offered. Read more

Open Calls

#Video4COP23 Youth Competition

The UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme are inviting young people to share their stories on action they are taking to make the world more sustainable and climate friendly.

They can submit stories of what they are doing as part of the third annual Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. Read more

Green Olympiad

GREEN Olympiad is an annual written examination on environment initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The exam is conducted by Sustainable Development Outreach & Youth Education Division of TERI and attracts participation from lakhs of school students across India and abroad. The examination is open only for schools affiliated to recognized education boards and educational trusts. Students enrolled in such schools from grades IV to X can appear in this examination. Read more

Latest News

UNU-IAS and UNESCAP Team Up at the Asia Pacific Forum

UNU-IAS and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) co-organized a workshop on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for the SDGs Implementation in Asia and the Pacific. Read more

Decolonising Sustainable Development

Photo: Rio Dulce / Daniel John Buchanan

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Former IAU President (2012-2016) talks about the importance of indigenous knowledge in ESD. ”Anthropocentrism was not an issue then as it being categorically singled out today. This is made very apparent over the period of DESD whereby indigenous knowledge and wisdom found their way to be firmly anchored in the ESD framework while further widening the relevance of ESD over and above the scope envisaged in 1987. It sets up new focus on ESD by broadening ‎and enriching it as a living educational approach that engages and collaborates with real life communities; actualises sustainable livelihood as real life experiences beyond the limits of living labs; and it invites for an even greater involvement of the global community in promoting and preserving relevant indigenous norms, values and practices in all that we do.” Read more


Climate Change Education for Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States

Photo: CNN

UNESCO Jakarta published the training material ‘Climate Change Education for Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States.’ Developed under a project funded by the Government of Malaysia, the publication aims to enhance the capacity of teachers at all levels to deliver climate change education. It includes examples of educational activities and sample lesson plans to help teachers in Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States to promote education for sustainable development. 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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