In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005-2014), based on the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. In response to the resolution, UNU-IAS launched the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiative in 2003 with the strong support of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. Contributing to the goals of DESD, the ESD initiative develops and implements research and capacity development activities through two flagship projects: the global multistakeholder network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs) and the network of higher education institutions called the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net).
As of March 2014, there are 30 higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region participating in ProSPER.Net, all committed to working together to integrate sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula, through a series of activities involving research and capacity building. Through these projects, the ESD Initiative plays a crucial role in providing substantial inputs to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, which will be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan in November 2014, and to the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in partnership with UNESCO, UNDESA, UNEP and UN Global Compact.
For more information, please visit www.ias.unu.edu/prospernet