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Advancing global sustainability through research and education

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Featured Research


Driving Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Local Level

Education for Sustainable Development projects from the global RCE network

07 Jun 2023

Media Coverage

The Benefits of Urban Gardens for Communities and Biodiversity

Japan Today published an op-ed by our expert Juan Pastor-Ivars on the multiple benefits of urban nature.

23 Oct 2023

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This year’s UN climate summit is a crucial opportunity for action. Get the latest updates on our events, policy input and media commentary.
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Upcoming Events


Climate Science Literacy in Asia and the Pacific

TOKYO: This exhibition will display Japanese-language posters developed by UNESCO and other UN agencies to promote climate science in Asia.


Side Event

Synergistic Approach for Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition: A Follow-up to Think-7 Summit 2023

DUBAI: This event at the COP28 SDG Pavilion will discuss climate-SDG synergies for a just and sustainable energy transition.


Side Event

Ensuring Human Rights for Climate Migrants and Displaced Individuals

DUBAI & ONLINE: This session at the COP28 Thailand Pavilion will focus on the needs and rights of people displaced by climate & environmental change.


Side Event

Pathways towards Enhanced Capacity to Implement the Paris Agreement — Regional Leaders Dialogue

DUBAI: This COP28 side event at Japan Pavilion will discuss strategies to increase institutional capacity and partnerships for carbon-neutrality.


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Global Leadership Training Programme for Sustainable Development in Africa

An online course for postgraduate students to develop skills and strategies for the SDGs in Africa.
Apply by 11 December 


Media Coverage

Climate Change Communication for the Planet and the People

Op-ed discusses ideas and actions to improve climate communication by and between governments and the public.

29 Nov 2023

Media Coverage

Universal Climate Literacy is the Path to Net-Zero

Op-ed discusses how to ensure every citizen is climate literate and empowered to take meaningful climate action.

24 Nov 2023

Media Coverage

Empowering Youth to Become Sustainability Leaders

Op-ed advocates for a human-centric and hands-on approach to education for sustainable development.

23 Nov 2023

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UNU SDG–Universities Platform

Promoting collaboration between UNU and Japanese universities to advance the SDGs.
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