ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 73 (February 2019)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As we approach the end of February, the Secretariat is very excited to start off the year with the 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia next week! Stay tuned for highlights of the School in an upcoming bulletin.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind any interested higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, that the call is now open for applications to ProSPER.Net for 2019! Read more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.

If you have any news, upcoming events, or publications that you would like to share with the network, please complete this form and email your submission to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Open Calls

2019 Call for Nominations: UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Nominations are now open for the fifth edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize honours outstanding projects and programmes promoting ESD, with three annual awards of US $50,000 each awarded to recipients. Individuals, institutions, organisations or other entities engaged in ESD are eligible to be nominated, however nominations must be submitted by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. The deadline for nominations is midnight on 30 April, 2019 (UTC+1, Paris time). Further details including the selection criteria and nomination process can be found here.

Applications Closing Soon: 2019 JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

(Photo credit: C. Christophersen/UNU)

Jointly organised by UNU-IAS and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS in cooperation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. Applications must be submitted by 15 March, 2019, via the UNU-IAS online application form. Further details can be viewed here.


Assessing Research Trends Related to Sustainable Development Goals: Local and Global Issues

This paper, ‘Assessing research trends related to Sustainable Development Goals: local and global issues’, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in January 2019, aimed to identify the main Sustainable Development Goals approached by experts from different geographical regions, according to their experience and research area. It discusses the relation between these goals and the main local issues and challenges of each region, with emphasis on goals 4, 11, and 13. Access the article here.

Who Knows Best? Cities Consult Citizens for Fresh Ideas

This article from the place website, which features reportage produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, talks about the trend of participatory processes at city and national levels in relation to urban development, and how digital technology has aided these processes. Read more

2019 UNESCO Learning Cities Award Winners Announced

(Photo: © UNESCO)

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has announced the winners of the 2019 UNESCO Learning City Award, recognising the exemplary progress these cities have shown by promoting inclusive education (from basic to higher education) and lifelong learning in local communities. The winners of the award are: Aswan (Egypt), Chengdu (China), Heraklion (Greece), Ibadan (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), Melitopol (Ukraine), Petaling Jaya (Malaysia), Santiago (Mexico), Seodaemun-gu (Republic of Korea), and Sønderborg (Denmark). Read more about the policies and programmes these cities have conducted here.

2030 SDGs Game

(Photo credit: Imacocollabo)

Designed in Japan in 2016, the 2030 SDGs Game is a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the ‘real world’ into the year 2030. Conducted by accredited facilitators, the game provides players with the experience of co-creating a sustainable world, whilst also inspiring and motivating them to take action in the real world. Any venues or community leaders who are interested in hosting the game, are encouraged to contact Imacocollabo (creators of the game) here. Find out more about the game here.

Action for Sustainable Development

Action for Sustainable Development is a global civil society platform that provides organisations or individuals with an online space to share information, insights, and innovative approaches in regards to the sustainable development agenda. Find out more and how you can get involved here.

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 by completing this form and emailing it to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information.

ProSPER.Net Secretariat 

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