ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 57 (October 2017)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Mark Your Calendar! ProSPER.Net Forum on Sustainability in Higher Education 2018

Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Thailand in collaboration with UNU-IAS, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will hold the Forum on Sustainability in Higher Education ‘Higher Education and Research in a Changing Climate: Science-Policy-Society Interface’, on 24-26 January 2018, Hat Yai, Thailand.  The Forum will also be a commemorative event for PSU to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Read more

Upcoming Events

Ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9): Cities 2030 for All

7-13 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WUF9 will be an instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Forum will also contribute to global mobilization towards advocating for the common vision on sustainable urban development in advancing on the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

9th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (9th ICERD)

24 - 25 February 2018, Yezin, Myanmar

The International Society of Environmental and Rural Development (ISERD) is organizing the 9th ICERD. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2017. Read more

Latest News

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Receives Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2017

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as stakeholder of RCE Penang, received an Honourable Commendation for its ‘360 Approach to Teachers’ ESD Professional Development. The programme goes beyond one-off workshops or lectures on embedding ESD into subjects for a full range of activities. These include webinars, research into teachers’ knowledge about and attitudes toward ESD, and opportunities for teachers to network and share ESD practices. The Award Ceremony will be held from 18 to 19 November 2017 in Shanghai, China. Read more

Universities Discuss ESD Implementation in Higher Education Japan

Every year, Japanese universities meet at the HESD Forum to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The HESD Forum is the biggest meeting in Japan of its kind. Different interesting points emerged from the discussion such as undergraduates being more interested in ESD in general and how ESD is implemented in the different universities. Read more

CISSA – RCE Thiruvananthapuram Wins ESD Okayama Award 2017

RCE Thiruvananthapuram together with its major stakeholder the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) has won the Global Prize of the Education in Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award for 2017 for the project 'Kerala Children’s Agricultural Science Congress'. The project was selected for the Award from among 11 nominated projects in the first-round of selection. As many as 44 applications from 29 countries competed for the Award. Read more

Open Calls

2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

The GSDR, mandated by the UN Member States is the outcome document of the 2012 Rio + 20 conference. As part of its outreach efforts, the IGS is soliciting inputs from a diverse group of scientific and non-scientific communities, from all over the world, in the form of publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies. They are requesting contributions in (1) interactions among SDGs and their targets, (2) transformation pathways towards sustainable development; (3) looking beyond the SDG and (4) the role of science for sustainable development.  If you are interested in click here.

 IPBES Global Assessment on ILK

Contributions on Indigenous and Local Knowledge [ILK] for the IPBES Global Assessment - deadline extended to 20 December 2017! Read more


Psychology of Environmental Protection - Handbook for Encouraging Sustainable Action

Based on a psychological model, a new handbook for encouragement of sustainable action summarizes environmental psychology’s treasure of knowledge in a scientifically profound and practical way. Each chapter is dedicated to an important topic like self-efficacy, social norms, and emotions. Guiding questions and examples that are close to everyday life facilitate a direct implementation in ESD. Read more

Sustainability Filters and Enhancers towards Improving Intervention Functionality and Sustainable Advancement as a More Holistic Concept

Anthony Wakwe Lawrence, International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability (IJDES), Vol 5, Issue 5, September 2017 Read more

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