ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 82 (November 2019)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 2019 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme on 'Engineering Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Towards Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region' will begin next week in the Philippines. Stay tuned for a report of the programme next month!

In the meantime, if you would like to share any news, upcoming events, or publications via this bulletin, 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

Job Vacancy: Secretary-General of ASPBAE

The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) is a non-profit regional, membership-based network which works for the promotion and advancement of the right to education, and for transformative basic, youth and adult education for all, within a lifelong learning framework. ASPBAE is searching for its next Secretary-General who should be a dynamic and inspiring leader, one who will competently implement and articulate the Organisation’s vision, objectives, and direction. View the job description here. Applications close on 13 December, 2019.

Upcoming Events

Roundtable Discussion on the Role of Higher Education to Pursue Sustainability

4 December, 2019, 9:30 – 12:00, Sapporo, Japan

Organised by Hokkaido University (a member of ProSPER.Net) and its Inter-University Exchange Project, this roundtable discussion aims to exchange views on the future role of international education programs in higher education as well as on its role to pursue sustainability. Director Shinobu Yamaguchi, UNU-IAS, will make a keynote presentation on 'The Role of Higher Education in Promoting SDGs' and participate in the roundtable discussion. This event will be held in Japanese, except for Director Yamaguchi’s presentation, which will be in English. The event will be held at the Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building, Hokkaido University. Register for the event here (information available in Japanese only).

Latest News

New Framework 'ESD for 2030' Adopted; Save the Date for UNESCO World Conference on ESD

The Education Commission of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference officially adopted a new framework, ‘ESD for 2030’, covering the period 2020-2030, at the UNESCO General Conference held this month. To launch this new programme for ESD, UNESCO is organising an international conference in Berlin, Germany next year, from 2-4 June, 2020. The meeting will raise global awareness on sustainable development challenges and the crucial role of ESD as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs and provide impulses for strengthening ESD in education policy and practice. See UNESCO’s event page for more details here.

UNU-IAS Runs Workshops on Climate Action in Education and Community Engagement in ESD at the 10th WEEC in Bangkok

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The 10th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) was held 3-7 November, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme 'Local Knowledge, Communication and Global Connectivity', and was jointly hosted by the Faculty of Environment, Kasetsart University, the Thailand Global Warming Academy under the patronage of the Nabhamitra Foundation, and the World Environmental Education Congress Network. This biannual event, and the first to be held in Asia, brought together delegates from across the globe, focusing on education for the environment and sustainability, with the aim to enhance local knowledge within the global spotlight in terms of environmental education.

UNU-IAS ran a number of workshops at this year's event, along with co-hosting a side event with UNESCO Bangkok on 'Environmental Education and Assessment Practices in Asia' on 4 November, 2019, whereby representatives from universities within the Asia-Pacific region presented their environmental assessment initiatives.

On 5 November, 2019, two workshops were held back-to-back; one on climate action in education, and one on community engagement in ESD. The first workshop used the RCE model (with presentations from RCE Georgetown, RCE Iskandar, and RCE Sakon Nakhon) to examine how multi-stakeholder networks can provide a more coordinated and effective approach for educating communities about meaningful actions to take in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The second workshop discussed the challenges in localising SDGs in community-based ESD practices, as well as how to overcome the issues of ESD and the SDGs being diluted when interpreted in local community contexts. Read more

11th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production

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The 11th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production took place from 11-14 November, 2019 in Bandung, Indonesia. Organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Jakarta and Hanoi Offices), this annual programme (run since 2008) has provided leadership training to key target groups, including government officials to raise awareness and inspire action on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

Senior Visiting Professor Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS delivered a keynote plenary presentation on 'Redefining Education for Sustainable Consumption and Production' and moderated the plenary session presenting the group discussions on 'SCP opportunities' and 'SCP solutions'. Participants learned about the concepts, policy and actions (sharing of country practices) on SCP in the context of the UN SDGs and the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

During his time in Bandung, Professor Tabucanon gave public lectures to two ProSPER.Net member universities (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and the Institut Teknologi Bandung) on the topic 'Transforming Higher Education for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' on 13 November, 2019. Faculty and students attending learned about ESD, SD, principles and guidelines for integrating sustainability into curricula, whilst also learning further about the ProSPER.Net network.


The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities 2019: Transformative Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development

The cities of 2030, 2050 and 2100 will be very different from today. The challenges of building cities sustainable enough to meet the changing needs of the future will require new ways of thinking and working, as well as new kinds of multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships. The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities report 2019 makes the case for four priorities and four approaches to realise a sustainable urban future in Asia and the Pacific. The report was jointly developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore, the European Union, The Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme. Download the report here.

Youth Solutions Report 2019

Published by SDSN Youth, the youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), this report features 50 youth-led projects that are accelerating global progress on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on the role of young people in improving access to quality education, promoting decent work for all, reducing inequality, combating climate change, promoting peaceful societies, and supporting a renewed global partnership for sustainable development. Download the report here.

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