With generous support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan, UNU-IAS has begun the third-term implementation of the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS). Since August 2015, this initiative has supported research related to contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the latest term, sixteen proposals were submitted by educational and research institutions based in Japan to apply for maximum three-year grants. In July 2018, following a competitive selection process, two proposals were chosen that focus on the following themes and the respective project implementation has commenced.
Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
Project Title: “Strengthening Social Resilience through Education for Sustainable Development
– Building a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Improvement Mechanisms –”
The main objective of this project is to develop a common international framework and indicators to effectively monitor and assess the progress, learning outcomes, and impact on society of initiatives undertaken by respective countries in the domain of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which aims to enhance people’s knowledge and skills to build a sustainable society, as mentioned in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7. The project also aims to contribute to the formation of an international mechanism that monitors the progress of ESD, by proposing that countries use the project’s framework and indicators to periodically monitor and assess their initiatives and outcomes and report results to the United Nations University and UNESCO.
Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Project Title: “Improving Maternal and Child Health and Wellbeing through Gender Mainstreaming in Cambodia”
This program aims to develop a model of health and welfare service provisions in health facilities, workplaces, households and communities, and early childhood education centers and improving involvement from fathers and other family members in urban and peri-urban setting in Cambodia. Demand for female workers is growing in rapidly developing economies such as Cambodia, with the expansion of light manufacturing industries. Women of reproductive age need to be ensured reproductive health and rights and receive screening for non-communicable diseases which are a growing concern.