ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 79 (August 2019)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Applications have closed for the 2019 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme, to be hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, the Philippines, from 24-30 November, 2019 under the theme, 'Engineering Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Towards Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region'. Thank you to everyone who applied. Selected applicants will be notified in due course.

ProSPER.Net Secretariat

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Open Calls

Reminder: Call for 2020 ProSPER.Net Event Hosts

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat would like to invite members to submit self-nominations to host ProSPER.Net programmes and events for 2020, including the Young Researchers' School, Leadership Programme, ProSPER.Net General Assembly (may be organised jointly with a Board Meeting), ProSPER.Net Sustainability Forum, or other events (please specify the event).

Further details and the process to apply can be found here. Applications close 27 September, 2019.

Call for Papers: Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA) Conference

The Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA) Conference 2020, to be held 10-13 March, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, has announced a first call for papers. Under the conference theme, 'Opportunities and challenges for Sustainability in the 2020s: Understanding environments, societies, and identities in Southeast Asia', abstracts of paper / workshop / panel proposals are currently being accepted, which invite multidimensional perspectives on this issue from scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Jointly organised by SEAGA, Siam University, Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University, the aim of the conference is to advance the discourse on the issues of sustainability, space, place, and cultures in Asia to inform the decision-making and actions of society, private enterprise, and governments. The deadline for submissions is 30 November, 2019. For further information, visit the website here.

Call for Abstracts: 2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters

The 2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters will be held from 24-26 January, 2020 in Kobe, Japan. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, individuals and institutions who are engaged in telling live lessons from disasters in various parts of the world will congregate in Kobe, deepen exchange and partnership, and cross-learn new initiatives and trends.

The call for abstracts for the poster session is now open, with submissions to be received by 15 September, 2019. For further information, please view the open call here.

Join the New UN Environment Youth and Education Alliance

Launched in 2019, the Youth and Education Alliance (YEA!) aims to work with both Universities and partners in youth movements such as the Scouts and Guides, to inspire action and leadership on environment and sustainability into the lives of young people. To learn more and to join, visit this page here.

SDGs Design International Awards 2019

These awards invite students from all over the world to use their design skills to create new, bold, and innovative solutions. Designs can be submitted for SDG 13 (designs to counter damage caused by natural disasters), SDG 14 (designs to protect the ocean's abundance and beauty), or SDG 10 (designs for human coexistence beyond nationality, ethnicity, or age). Any genre of design is accepted, with students from any Japanese or overseas university, vocational school, or graduate school eligible to apply. The grand prize to be awarded is ¥300,000. The initial review period closes on 31 October, 2019. Further details can be found here.

Vote: ESD Okayama Award 2019 – Global Award

Online voting for the 2019 ESD Okayama Award is now open. The award aims to showcase good practices worldwide and to further advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Its Global Prize will be given to outstanding projects that can serve as global models contributing to the promotion of ESD in local communities. 11 projects were nominated for the Global Award among 94 applications through the first round of selection by the Secretariat. The deadline to vote is 1 September, 2019. Take a look at the projects and vote for your favourite here.

Latest News

ESD Session at ISAP2019 Discusses Next Steps of ESD Towards Achieving the SDGs

On 30 July, 2019, the UNU-IAS ESD Project presented a session, 'Next Step of ESD for Achieving the SDGs', in cooperation with the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC), at the 11th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2019), held in Yokohama, Japan. Attended by over 70 participants, the session highlighted the transformative role of ESD and the way forward towards 'ESD for 2030', as focus turns to the post-GAP period ahead. The event provided an opportunity for participants to hear from key experts from around the world, covering the contributions of ESD for achieving the SDGs, the challenges and lessons learned from recent ESD practices, as well as monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Read more


ProSPER.Net Joint Project: Recycling Plastics in Asian City Environments (RePLACE)

Led by RMIT University, and with members from TERI University and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, the ProSPER.Net Joint Project, 'Recycling Plastics in Asian City Environments (RePLACE)' has developed a range of policy briefs, case studies, and curriculum reports aimed at the Asia-Pacific region to identify approaches for recycling plastics, and to provide critical understanding of key concepts related to recycling and its applications at different levels. The outcomes can be accessed here.

The Asia Pacific Civil Society Spotlight Reports on SDG 4

Prepared by the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), in cooperation with national education coalitions in the region, this Civil Society Spotlight Report looks at the implementation status of SDG 4 in the Asia-Pacific region, from the perspective of civil society and marginalised sectors. Spotlight reports for individual countries included in the report can also be viewed here.

Youth Changes the World

This report from the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), titled ‘Youth Changes the World’, is a record of the activities from some of the young people who have worked with the ACCU to create more sustainable communities in Asian countries. This work spans the course of five years (2014-2018), and is part of the ‘Youth-led Sustainable Community Project’ implemented by the ACCU, along with four partner organisations: Sanjh Preet Organization (Pakistan), BRAC (Bangladesh), CEE (India), and PILCD (Philippines). Download the report here.

Building a Rapport: Community-based Education for Sustainable Development

Organised by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of Education and supported by the Government of Japan, the project ‘Promoting Community-based ESD’ works with non-formal and community educators to promote ESD in the local context for sustainability. Three learning modules are being piloted across five countries in the Asia-Pacific region (India, Japan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, and the Philippines). The cases in the Philippines and Lao PDR have brought to light the difficulties in approaching communities to integrate ESD and promote sustainable development, but also hope to inspire others to become more involved in such efforts. Read more

Let’s Work Together: Education Has a Key Role in Helping Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Published by UNESCO, this six-part cartoon highlights the links and synergies between education and many of the other Sustainable Development Goals. Covering Planet, Prosperity, People, Peace, Places, and Partnerships, the cartoons show the importance of different sectors working together to achieve their aims. This publication has been produced on the occasion of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum by the Global Education Monitoring Report and draws upon findings from reports produced since 2015. Download the publication here.

Environmental Change Through Participation: A Closer Look at How Inclusive Engagement Can Achieve Environmental Outcomes

Environment-related sustainable development goals have shown the least progress across Asia-Pacific countries. In tandem, regional reports, civil society and the news call attention to the increased vulnerability and marginality of specific groups of people in society – such as those exposed to climate change, migrant workers, or those affected by air pollution.

This report, delivered under a joint initiative by ESCAP and the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, aims to identify the factors that lead to impactful engagement of vulnerable groups around environmental issues, to highlight some successful cases of engaging these groups from the region and to present recommendations for moving forward on participation in environmental decision-making in Asia and the Pacific, at both policy and practice levels. Download the report here.

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