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Weekly News # 4 / Upcoming Event – Google + Hangout on Sustainable Development

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Key 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
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Weekly News # 3 / UN’s Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

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Posted by Yula Pannadopoulos   This week we are introducing the UN’s Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. They have a very coherent and useful content on Sustainable Development and you can browse through the list of topics HERE.  I found particularly interesting their Publications in Focus page. You can read more about UN’s Division for Sustainable Development here, and on the Sustainable Development in 21st Century (SD21) here. === Heads up on the upcoming event:

Google+ Hangout on sustainable development

Key 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  
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Call for Papers: Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development Columbia University. Extended deadline Feb 15, 2013

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development April 12th-13th, 2013: Columbia University in the City of New York, USA


The graduate students in sustainable development at Columbia University are convening the Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD); scheduled for April 12th-13th, 2013, at Columbia University in New York City.


The IPWSD is a conference open to graduate students working on or interested in issues related to sustainable development.  It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar graduate student researchers from other institutions.  In particular, we hope to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development.  If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, we encourage you to apply regardless of disciplinary background.


For details, please see the call for papers, or visit our conference website where a detailed list of topics, conference themes and other information is available.


*The deadline has been extended to February 15th.* 


Please share this information widely with graduate students and other interested parties. We look forward to seeing you in New York City in April!


With kind regards,

The Third IPWSD Planning Committee,


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Diving into the subject of sustainability

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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:

http://www.education4sustainability.org/?p=319

http://www.education4sustainability.org/?p=327

http://www.education4sustainability.org/?p=333

Here is what the University itself says about the course:

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:

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.
This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).
Each week of class consists of multiple 8-15 minute long lecture videos, integrated weekly quizzes, readings, an optional assignment and a discussion. Most weeks will also have a peer reviewed assignment, and there will be the opportunity to participate in a community wiki-project. There will be a comprehensive exam at the end of the course.
Read more and find out what the course syllabus will be right here: https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain
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Online forum from 12th – 24th September – Help shape the path to a sustainable future

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WHAT: Facebook online forum WHEN: 12 – 24 September 2012 HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION: Submit your question under this note or on Twitter using #FutureWEwant #Beyond2015 FOR MORE INFO: www.un.org/en/ecosoc/we
In June 2012, 40,000 people met in Rio de Janeiro and agreed that change was needed in response to the severe sustainability challenges that the world is facing and which demand coordinated global responses.Following up on Rio+20, the UN is continuing its efforts to promote sustainable development and to prepare a new development agenda that will take us beyond 2015.ECOSOC is taking action. On 24 September, the Council will gather government representatives from all over the world to focus on sustainable development. To help shape the conversation at this upcoming ministerial meeting, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Department of Public Information have launched this online forum from 12 to 24 September 2012 to collect your input. Post your questions here or via Twitter using #FutureWEwant and #Beyond2015, and they will be answered during the event. The time to act is now. Be part of the change!  We need to find solutions. And you can help! Be part of the journey towards a sustainable future, building the future WE want.
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The sustainable future we want

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  By Yula Pannadopoulos I don’t know any person who would not answer positively if asked “Do you want the world to have a sustainable future?” Answering questions like “What EXACTLY is the sustainable future you envision or want” can be a bit trickier. It is not always easy to express our thoughts, visions, desires. It is not always easy to articulate what is it that we want or need. More often than not we know what we DO NOT want, but when asked what we want, our mind goes blank. Expressing our thoughts becomes easier in the group – we realize we are not the only one struggling to word our vision. It becomes even more easier when we write things down. This summer, on our Nektarina Non Profit blog, I wrote about UN’s efforts to embrace new mediums and ways of communication . They came a long way since then, and this week they introduced a two weeks Online forum on social media, giving us all a chance to shape the path to a sustainable future by expressing our thoughts and posing questions. The hashtag (or the lightmotiv, if you will) is #FutureWeWant , and those three words describe almost perfectly the objective, the ambition, the direction we should all be going for: What is the future we want for ourselves, and what is the future we want for our children. Not just in terms of economic and environmental security, but also in the terms of sustainable living, reusing of goods and resources, recycling, using renewable energy. It goes further – it goes all the way towards tolerance. Tolerance between people, tolerance between communities, and, most of all, tolerance in how we address the nature, our habitats, and those who co-live in them with us. Join us and the UN in the next two weeks, and become a part of the online community that feels the need to be heard, to express itself, and to start shaping the frames of our future. ————————– Photo credits Nektarina Non Profit, taken at North America    
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Road to Rio: Rethinking economics and governance with Peter Brown

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Guest post by Earth Charter Free Webinar (in English) Tuesday, June 05 2012 | 1:45 PM (Central America Standard Time) (Use http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/  to convert it to your local time) In this webinar, Peter Brown will present and discuss his findings from a research which uses the Earth Charter as a framework for rethinking economics, finance, governance, law, and ethics. It argues that all five Western versions of these frameworks rest on assumptions that came to the fore in the Enlightenment; and that these assumptions have been undercut by scientific discoveries of the last two centuries, especially in the second half of the 20th century. As a result they can be regarded as scientific and metaphysical orphans—for their parents have died but they have not. Attempts to formulate a “green economy” and related ideas are neither deep nor wide enough to fashion an exit from the current step decline in life’s prospects, since they neither question nor provide alternative assumptions. . Peter Brown is a Professor at the Department of Geography of McGill University in Canada. He is carrying out his research with the Capital Institute. Find in this link his bio and publications. http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/faculty/brown/   The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter Initiative” is an extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter.