ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 99 (April 2021)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! This month we’d like to share a number of resources and open calls related to climate action. In addition, with the upcoming UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development happening in May, UNESCO is inviting partners around the world to organise and register their own ESD events next month. See below for details.

In addition, don’t forget that applications for 2021 ProSPER.Net membership close at the end of next month.

If you have any news, open calls, upcoming events, or publications you wish to share in a future 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

Upcoming Events

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

17-19 May, 2021, Online

UNESCO will gather stakeholders from all over the world from 17 to 19 May 2021 in Berlin, Germany to launch its new Framework "Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs” (ESD for 2030).

UNU-IAS will be participating in a number of sessions at this event:

• Panel discussion - "Putting ESD into Action" (Part B), including the role of RCEs and ProSPER.NET, 19 May, 2021, 10:45-12:00 CET

• Presentation and roundtable discussion - “Putting ESD into Action A” (Part II) with a focus on Priority Action Area 5: Accelerating local level actions, 19 May, 2021, 09:00-10:30 CET

• Virtual booth - "Climate Actions at the Local Level: RCE Experiences"

Find out more and catch up on the pre-conference workshops that have taken place here.

Open Calls

Register Your ESD Events for a Global Celebration of ESD in May

In celebration of the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, held virtually from 17 to 19 May 2021, UNESCO is inviting partners around the world to organise and register their own ESD events in the month of May. Select events will be promoted on the UNESCO World Conference website. The deadline for submissions is 30 April, 2021. Read more

2021 ProSPER.Net Membership Applications

Applications are still open for membership to ProSPER.Net for 2021. Membership is limited to higher education institutions located in the Asia-Pacific region that offer postgraduate education and research in sustainable development (SD) and in fields related to education for sustainable development (ESD). An affiliate membership category is also open to higher education institutions located outside the Asia-Pacific region who are interested in working together with the network for the benefit of the region. Read more about the application process and how to apply here. The deadline for applications is 30 May, 2021 (11:59pm JST).

Latest News

World's Largest Lesson Launches Climate Changemakers Campaign

World's Largest Lesson is inviting young people to write a 100-word message explaining the value of climate education and why it matters to them as part of the Climate Changemakers campaign! Throughout 2021, the campaign aims to collect messages from children everywhere, which will be used as part of the wider effort to see increased commitments to climate education at COP26. Read more


RCE Projects Tackle Climate Action in New Publication from UNU-IAS

A new publication by UNU-IAS, 'Tackling Climate Action at the Local Level: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network' features a number of outstanding climate education projects from across the Global RCE Network to implement the United Nations' SDGs through education at local and regional levels, during the period of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD from 2015-2019.

During the GAP, Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) worked on projects covering a broad range of sustainable development challenges, whereby the majority of projects included a focus on SDG 13 (Climate Action). Despite this focus, the actionable solutions presented by RCEs often also addressed other sustainable development challenges in tandem. Some key areas addressed within the publication include conservation, adaptation, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security, emissions and mitigation, youth empowerment, and low-carbon solutions.

The projects featured in this publication showcase examples of how global goals can be translated into local actions through education and training to respond to the climate crisis. The innovative solutions developed by RCEs demonstrate the importance of localised approaches when it comes to creating education programmes, with RCEs well-positioned to understand all aspects given their multi-stakeholder model. Read more

The publication can be viewed on the RCE Portal (interactive flipbook or PDF).

New Video: RCEs on Addressing Climate Action

During the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, from 2015-2019, close to 140 climate education projects were conducted by Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) across 32 countries. Not only did these projects have a focus on SDG 13 (Climate Action), but all were tied to SDG 4 (Quality Education) and covered a range of other sustainable development challenges.

This video provides an overview of research that analysed the SDGs, themes, institutions, audiences and environments across the projects completed. In addition, we hear from a number of RCEs on the challenges they worked to mitigate, their approaches, and the impact their activities had in their communities following the implementation of their climate education projects. Watch the video

One Planet Network Launch Sustainable Lifestyles Education Hub

The Sustainable Lifestyles Education Hub collects tools and resources, providing information for educators, learners, policy professionals and researchers on sustainable lifestyles. 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 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.

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