Climate-resilient development and ESD

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Event
  • DATE / TIME :
    2011•06•23    14:00 - 16:00
    Location :
    Yokohama

    This joint seminar focuses on areas in which UNU-IAS and UNDP can work together to assist developing countries in the context of a low-carbon, climate-resilient society and sustainable development.

    Joint seminar: Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LECRDS) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

    Climate change is the greatest development challenge of the twenty-direst century. To date, narrowly-defined mitigation (lowering emissions) and adaptation (reducing vulnerability) projects have dominated the climate change policies of most countries. Now, however, new and innovative programmatic approaches are necessary to leverage existing experiences into a comprehensive policy framework to support developing country governments in integrating climate and development planning, policies and action across multiple sectors and levels (national, regional and local). The formulation and implementation of low-emission climate-resilient development strategies (LECRDS) led by UNDP will respond more effectively to climate change as the programmatic nexus for capturing conventional and innovative sources of sustainable development.

    In preparing the LECRDS, it is crucial to mobilize actors and stakeholders toward partnership and a coordinated platform and to establish a multi-stakeholder participatory process at the regional and municipal level.

    To be successful, climate change management requires a balance of priorities of various groups and sectors, an understanding of the roles of multiple partners, and development of partnerships and communities of practice. With their ability to bring together multiple stakeholders from the knowledge sector, the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs), which UNU-IAS has taken the lead to develop since 2003, are in a position to facilitate challenges in management of the climate change planning at the regional level, including gaps in knowledge sharing and lack of expertise. RCEs could become hubs for capacity development and coordination of climate change management efforts in addressing sustainability not only for local regions but also internationally. Today, 85 RCEs operate in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

    At the same time, the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) team and UNU-IAS have developed an initiative on higher education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region (called “ProSPER.Net”: Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research). Institutions of higher education have a unique responsibility in education and new knowledge development in the area of climate change. Among the projects of ProSPER.Net are activities that empower policy makers of the Asia-Pacific region in understanding and implementing integrated climate strategies.

    To assist developing countries in the context of a low-carbon and climate-resilient society and sustainable development, there are many areas where UNDP and UNU-IAS can work together. Taking the opportunity of Dr. Yannick Glemarec’s (Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP) visit to Japan in late June, UNU-IAS is pleased to organize this joint seminar.

    For more information, or to regiter to attend, see the event webpage on the UNU-IAS website.