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United Nations University (UNU)

, Japan

http://unu.edu/

Course on Leadership for Sustainability

Specialzation:

Department:
Institute for Sustainabiltiy and Peace
Degree Type:
Non-Degree or other
Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/grad/credited/cecar/index-LS.html
Language:
English
Description:

The Leadership for Sustainability course aims to educate and develop leaders with the ability to understand sustainability and sustainability leadership, align business, government and civil society actions with sustainability principles, make informed choices on organizational and leadership models and strategies to realize sustainability and relate emotional intelligence with effective sustainability leadership. The course covers the sustainable development goals, basic concepts of leadership, trends and insights on leadership, organizational psychology, leadership and business leadership, and sustainability. It also offers tailored exercises to enable participants to learn negotiation skills through experience and practice.

Keywords:
sustainability,leadership

MSc in Sustainability, Development, and Peace

Specialzation:

Department:
Institute for Sustainabiltiy and Peace
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/grad/masters/index.html
Language:
English
Description:

This programme addresses pressing global issues of sustainability, climate change, development, peacebuilding, and human rights through an innovative interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The programme is intended for recent graduates, professionals, and practitioners, offering the unique opportunity to study at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions towards solving global issues, whether through employment by UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society, or the private sector.The programme is practically oriented, user-focused, and of the highest academic quality. It offers opportunities to gain practical experience through internships or field research with a UN agency or other international organization. The programme builds on the strong record of the United Nations University (UNU) in training and capacity development, and utilizes the extensive network of scholars and academic institutions participating in UNU research.Students who earn at least 30 credits, successfully complete a master's thesis, and pass the final examination will receive a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Sustainability, Development, and Peace. The standard period of study is two years; the programme starts in September, with students expected to complete all the requirements by July in the second academic year after enrollment.

Keywords:
global change,sustainability,peace,security,international development,water,human rights,disaster management,climate change

PhD in Sustainability Science

Specialzation:

Department:
Institute for Sustainabiltiy and Peace
Degree Type:
Doctoral
Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/grad/degrees/doctoral/index.html
Language:
English
Description:

The PhD in Sustainability Science programme aims to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the area of sustainability science. In seeking to achieve and promote a better understanding of three of the most pressing issues on the UN agenda: global change, peace and security, and development, UNU-ISP through its postgraduate programmes takes an innovative approach to sustainability, bridging these cross-cutting themes through research, educational and collaborative initiatives.The programme aims to equip graduates with a combination of broad comprehensive multidisciplinary knowledge to understand problems in a holistic sense and a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. The PhD dissertation of students will be on one of the research themes of UNU-ISP with a focus on global change and sustainability bringing in perspectives from peace and security, or international development fields.

Keywords:
global change,sustainability,peace,security,international development,water,human rights,disaster management,climate change

Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change

Specialzation:

Department:
Institute for Sustainabiltiy and Peace
Degree Type:
Non-Degree or other
Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/grad/credited/cecar/index.html
Language:
English
Description:

The new courses, which will be conducted at UNU-ISP, will cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Students also will receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in down-scaling rainfall forecasts.Assessment will be based on a research paper, presentations, preparation for and participation in classes, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and will be taught by highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars.

Keywords:
sustainability,climate change,water,disaster management,GIS,adaptation,resilience

Education for Sustainable Development in Africa

Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/research/esda/index.html
Area / Region:
Africa 
Description:

The ESDA aims to develop and test a graduate-level education programme for professionals to be engaged in sustainable development in Africa. 

Activities:
The principal aim of this project is to promote education for sustainable development in African countries through training at the graduate school level of professionals who may serve as planners, organizers, instructors, field development agents and practitioners for sustainable development in these countries.The focus on the advanced higher education level of ESD is deliberate, since the programme aims to multiply its effects through "train-the trainers" capacity development for sustainability. The training would be provided through an international structure to be organized by UNU in cooperation with African and Japanese universities so that the participants would be exposed not only to national or local sustainable development contexts but also to the international dimensions of sustainability. 
Members:

Kenyatta University , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, Stellenbosch University, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, University for Development Studies, Ghana, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of Nairobi, University of Witzwatersrand, University of Zambia, Waseda University, Yokohama National University 

Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach

Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/research/cecar-africa/index.html
Area / Region:
Africa 
Description:

The goal of this project is to propose effective and implementable measures to build an integrated resilience enhancement strategy. This "Ghana model" can potentially be applied across the African Savannah. The findings of this project are expected to contribute to the framework of adaption measures agreed upon at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) and REDD+, the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10). 

Activities:
This research program aims for three objectives by focusing on the semi-arid region of northern Ghana where the change impacts have been severely felt in forms of unpredictable floods and droughts: (1) forecast and assessment of climate and ecosystem change impact on agricultural production; (2) risk assessment of extreme weather events and introduction of adaptive water resource management methods; and (3) planning and implementation of capacity development programs enabling local residents and professionals to utilize the assessment results derived from (1) and (2). 
Members:

Kyoto University, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, University for Development Studies, Ghana, University of Ghana 

International Society for Sustainability Science

Website:
http://sussci.org/
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

The over-arching goal of ISSS is to overcome the limitations of traditional fragmented academic disciplines in addressing the pre-eminent issue of the 21st century: building sustainable society. ISSS will promote integration and cooperation among diverse academic fields and across geographic and national borders with a particular focus on developing and enhancing top-flight academic programs in sustainability science.  

Activities:
1. Strengthen academia's reception of and commitment to education in sustainability science through the sharing of experiences and celebration of institutional success2. Create, enhance, and promote a scientifically-based vision of a sustainable future for the world and its inhabitants through the society's focus on education3. Provide expanded opportunities for international and interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students engaged in sustainability science research and education4. Expand opportunities for universities and research institutions located in developing countries to participate in these collaborations 5. Promote development of a new base of scientific knowledge that is specifically aimed at societal transformation for sustainability6. Strive to enhance synergies and reduce duplication of effort within the community of sustainability science scholars 
Members:

Arizona State University, , University of Tokyo, United Nations University 

The University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research

Website:
http://cecar.unu.edu/
Area / Region:
Asia & Pacific | Africa 
Description:

UN-CECAR was established in 2009 by leading universities in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen the higher education sector to respond effectively to climate and ecosystems change. 

Activities:
 
Members:

Asian Institute of Technology, Australian National University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Gadjah Mada University, Ibaraki University, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Institute of Engineering, Nepal, Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science, Keio University, Kyoto University, National Univeristy of Malaysia, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, United Nations University, University of Peradeniya, University of Philippines, Viet Nam National University, Waseda University, Yeungnam University 



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