Google+ Hangout on sustainable developmentKey outcomes of Rio+20 and the way forward will be discussed on 12 February in the first of a series of Google+ Hangouts The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June last year resulted in a focused political outcome document, which launched clear and ambitious processes for the UN System, Member States and the Major Groups to collectively achieve the Future We Want. As part of the ongoing follow-up of the conference, DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development will host a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, 12 February at 12 PM EST, featuring key experts on Rio+20 and sustainable development from the UN system and civil society. The first in a series of Google+ Hangouts will highlight the major outcomes of Rio+20 and the key follow-up processes launched at the conference. Panellists for the first “Sustainable Development in Action” Google+ Hangout include Nikhil Seth, Director of DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development; Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 conference; Kimo Goree, Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD); and Jacob Scherr, Director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Google+ Hangout will also feature a 20-minute live Q&A session with the panellists. Tweet your questions for panellists to @SustDev using #SDinAction or post them on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform Facebook page or register for one of our Sustainable Development Action Networks to join the conversation there. The Hangout will be hosted at the UN Google+ account at gplus.to/unitednations For more information: http://bit.ly/RioHangout
Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development April 12th-13th, 2013: Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
By Yula Pannadopoulos
This Friday I’d like to introduce a series of posts that will be published over the next five – six weeks on our blog.
Post will be overviews of weekly lectures during an eight week course Introduction to Sustainability, organized and available through the University of Illinois, and we already posted the first ones this week, so make sure to read them:
“Sustainability: a global introduction” examines the global forces that will determine our sustainable future. The course is completely free, and delivered online. There will be a mixture of readings, short lectures, quizzes, collaborative projects and discussions. All participants who successfully complete the required activities (and tests!) will earn a completion badge.
This course is the first ever “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course) on sustainability, and is being supported by the School of Earth, Society and Environment, the Office of Online and Continuing Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the University of Illinois.
More information can be found at www.coursera.org, that will facilitate the course online. They give a short overview: