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Weekly News # 17: Free Webinar! Global governance and environmental law: Wednesday May 22, 15:00 UTC/GMT

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(shared post) Join Earth Charter International as we host international environmental law and global governance experts Peter Brown and Cormac Cullinan for a special free webinar.  They will offer a critical analysis of the current global governance system for sustainability and the role of ethics and the Earth Charter in the needed paradigm shift. The webinar will take place on May 22nd at 15:00 UTC/GMT, that’s 9:00 in Costa Rica, 11:00 in New York, 17:00 in Cape Town, 21:00 in Almaty, and 00:00 in Tokyo the next day. You can connect to the webinar through this link: And for more information, read here. Please, pass this on to your friends, colleagues, and contacts and we hope to see you there! Earth Charter International

Weekly News # 16: Draft SDSN Report on Post-2015 Framework Available for Public Consultation

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  (shared post) Dear Colleagues,
The SDSN will submit a report entitled “An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development” to the UN Secretary-General in June. A draft of this report has been prepared for public consultation from 7 to 22 May 2013. We welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions on the draft report by 22 May 2013. Please use the attached form and send your comment via email to
We apologize in advance that we will not be able to respond directly to every comment received. After 22 May the SDSN will post a consolidation of the comments. We may also issue updated versions of the draft during the consultation period. These documents will be available at
We look forward to and appreciate your input!
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Weekly News # 14 – The History of Sustainability / web publication

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  Our latest web publication The History of Sustainability is available online. The publication can be downloaded, for free, as a pdf, and you can read it on any of your mobile devices. It is printable in A4 format, but we urge you to consider your environmental responsibility before printing it. For your easier reference, we have added an E-Publications tab on our website, where you can easily find all our online publications. Don’t forget the E-Magazine tab, with all issues of our Nektarina (S)pace web magazine. Enjoy!
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Weekly News # 13 / Sustainable Schools web publication

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After publishing a booklet about Sustainable Living last year, this year we are continuing with more resourceful materials about sustainable schools, sustainable cities, sustainable food and the history of sustainability. Sustainable Schools web publication is available at this link: This week we are bringing you Sustainable Schools, a 30+ pages resource manual explaining different aspects of sustainability in schools, and also sharing some best practices and what-can-you-do examples. The publication is printable in A4 format, but we urge you to consider your environmental responsibility before printing. You can read the publication online, or, alternatively, you can download it as a pdf to your computer or device(s) and read it offline. Please feel free to share the publication with your family and friends.

Weekly News # 12 – “Call for Support” SEEd Campaign to Keep Sustainability in the Curriculum – Deadline April 16th

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/shared post/   Sign the SEEd Campaign to keep Sustainability in the Curriculum Please join SEEd and sign our petition to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and help keep Sustainability in the National Curriculum Objectives. This is URGENT – we need to do this by April16th Will you sign it too? Here’s the link It only takes 30 seconds and we need 50,000 signatures You can also click here to share the petition on Facebook Thanks The SEEd Team Contacting SEEd Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd) is a registered charity that identifies, promotes, enables and supports environmental education and education for sustainable development in the UK. For more information on the work we do, please visit out website ( or contact using the details below. SEEd Upper Unit 5 Bay 4, The Co-op Centre 11 Mowll Street London, SW9 6BG Telephone: 020 7820 7569

Weekly News # 11 – Education 4 Sustainability online Forum summary

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On March 25th Nektarina Non Profit organised an online Forum for the Education 4 Sustainability project. With the help of new available technology we were able to bring together virtually representatives of organisations that are interested or already on the way to become our partners in the project.
We had altogether 9 guests from 8 countries in Europe and Asia. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated for their time and input. We hope this was a useful experience to everyone.
We intended this meeting to be a starting point in getting to know eachother and share a little from our experiences. Here are some of the highlights:
– we presented the Education 4 Sustainability project and answered questions related to it
– the attendees presented the work of their organisations
– we discussed what are the main challenges that could come in the way of our project in the focus countries, but also some positive examples from other countries (
– we agreed to hold bi-weekly calls with partners in order to have the latest updates on how the project is developing on-site – organisations that are not yet partners but would still like to join the meetings are also welcome.
To conclude, we believe this was a very interesting event and we look forward to the next Forum.
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Weekly News # 9 / Bridging Knowledge and Capacity Gaps for Sustainability Transition: A Framework for Action

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(compiled post) Participants in the “Expert Consultation on Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainable Development in Post Rio+20 Era” adopted a Framework for Action on “Bridging Knowledge and Capacity Gaps for Sustainability Transition.” Asserting that knowledge sharing and capacity building should be the fundamental platform for the range of efforts towards sustainability, the Framework for Action identifies eight areas for priority action. The priority action areas pertain to, inter alia: inclusion of sustainable development knowledge and capacity building in formal planning processes; capacity building for organizations and institutions as opposed to individuals, for longer-term impact; revitalization of national sustainable development councils and roundtables; updated mapping of initiatives and programs, and cataloguing and disseminating the most successful working methods; language for communicating about knowledge sharing and capacity building across different cultures, disciplines, and institutions; and an integrated approach to addressing the core sustainability challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation, water management, food security, and sustainable energy in anticipation of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Framework for Action recommends that UNOSD “collaborate with other knowledge providers, and both promote and facilitate the linking and sharing of data and knowledge through open networks, avoiding the duplication of existing initiatives.” A Framework for Action Other links and sources: