#BeatPollution campaign

Dear members of the Global University Partnership on Environmental Sustainability network. We are very happy to invite you, your staff and your students to participate in the #BeatPollution campaign through the UN Environment Assembly website: The third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) takes place 4. - 6. December in Nairobi and will focus on pollution. In that regard the entire world population can sign a pledge on beating pollution. What will be more natural than having the future world influencers - your students - signing this pledge. We kindly ask you to help us distribute this to your students (and staff) inviting them to beat pollution.

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The Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

Marine plastic is an economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic problem posing a multi-dimensional challenge to humanity, often compared to climate change in terms of impact, breadth and complexity. A challenge of this magnitude will often inspire a surge in search for solutions from people of all backgrounds, from business and public sector, academia and research as well as the general public. In order to accelerate the search for solutions, UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic launched a Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge on June 15th to engage university students and faculties, and innovators around the world in a solutions-oriented effort to help solve the global marine litter problem.

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9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC9) Side Event UN Environment Session - Supporting Policy through Education – No More Plastic Bags in Kenya

Organized by UN Environment in collaboration with Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority, the workshop showcased the recent national plastic carrier bags ban introduced by the Government of Kenya, including the use, manufacture and import of any plastic bags in the country. The event explored the education initiatives that accompanied the ban and discussed their impact on public opinion, uptake and media coverage. The ban is also in line with SDG 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Patterns and SDG 4.7 - promoting positive behaviour change through Environmental Education. The national plastic carrier bag ban came effect in Kenya on August 2017.

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9th World Environmental Education Congress – WEEC 2017

The 9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) Opening Ceremony was a glamourous event, as members from the UN Enviroment attended the globally recognized conference event. The World Environmental Education Congress is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development, held once every two years. This year, the Congress was held on September 9 -15, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.The event was graced by Mr Elliott C. Harris, Assistant Secretary General and Head of the New York Office of UN Enviroment and our own head of Unit Ms. Jaime Alexandra Webbe, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit.

During the Congress, UN Enviroment's Environmental Education and Training Unit hosted two workshop sessions namely:

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GUPES Green Gown Awards 2017

GUPES Green Gown Awards


2017 GUPES Green Gown Awards are NOW OPEN

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Newsletter No. 1 January – March 2017


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The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) Chair Message

With the adoption of the UN Environment Assembly Resolution on environmental education (UNEA2/3), the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69211), and Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7, on education for sustainable development we have entered an era in which universities must step up as agents of transformative change. 

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Open call for International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability 2017 for GUPES members

We are  pleased to inform you that Tongji University will once again host the Tongji - UN Environment International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability from 2 - 7 June in Shanghai, China. This year, in recognition of World Environment Day, the overarching theme is "Connecting People to Nature".

Registration for the Conference is now open and will be available online from 15 March to 15 April 2017.

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HEIRRI international Call for Applications is now open!

The Higher Education in Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI – project, a European Horizon 2020 funded project under the call Science for Society. This project aims to promote Responsible Research and Innovation in higher education, and specifically it will provide teaching/training materials in different formats for higher education institutions to integrate into the curriculums of their degrees, or for specific workshops.

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Mazingira Challenge 2015

The Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG) in partnership with Inuka Foundation, World Students Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD) and UN Environment recently held the 2015 Mazingira Challenge. The word “Mazingira” means “environment” in Kiswahili. The challenge, an annual event launched in 2010, attracted students from various Kenyan tertiary education institutions.

More info:

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