UNU-IAS Expands its Cooperation with ASEAN in Education for Sustainable Development

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  • 2016•06•06     Singapore

    On 11-12 April 2016, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme, a project of UNU-IAS, has participated in the consultative workshop to review the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP 2014-2018) which was held in conjunction with the 8th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE) in Singapore. ESD has a long history of cooperation with ASEAN in the development and implementation of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plans and has identified two new areas for future collaboration.

    Mario Tabucanon (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS) participated in the debate about ASEAN’s plans to review the state of green campuses across higher education institutions in its Member States. He expressed the interest of UNU-IAS to share its expertise on academic and research networking and lessons learned through ProSPER.Net1 and GUPES2. He further offered to share ProSPER.Net joint project outputs and to collaborate in piloting of sustainability-oriented curricula, capacity building and policy advocacy.

    The second area of common interest is empowerment of youth in promoting environmental protection. UNU-IAS proposed that the Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCE) youth network is ready to support regional youth initiatives such as the ASEAN Youth Environment Forum. It is also ready to assist the Forum in developing a recognition scheme for youth eco-champions. Finally, Mr. Tabucanon pledged to further explore avenues for collaboration between ASEAN and The Global RCE Service Centre and the Asia-Pacific RCE Coordinating Committee.

    During the meeting, the 9th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme on SCP under the leadership of UNU-IAS, and the UNEP/EU-supported SWITCH Asia Workshop on SCP, were also confirmed. The events will run under the theme “Advancing SCP through corporate social responsibility of businesses” to be hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Nha Trang, Vietnam on 13-16 September 2016.


    [1] ProSPER.Net stands for Promotion for Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research, a network of higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region, one of UNU-IAS flagship projects.

    [2] GUPES stands for Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability, one the flagships of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)