The adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) affirms a shift from conventional to sustainable development, which advances the sustainability paradigm across a whole range of issues in social systems, the economy and the environment. It is imperative to translate these global agendas into action in local communities, and in this regard, higher education’s role is especially critical in creating the research and education programs required to address today’s development challenges.
The session will present the findings and discuss lessons learned from the ProSPER.Net Joint Project on “Development of a Framework for the Local Implementation of the SDGs” carried out by a number of the network’s member institutions, namely Keio University, Chulalongkorn University, TERI School of Advanced Studies and the University of the Philippines Diliman, with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and UNESCO Bangkok. ProSPER.Net is an alliance of leading higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region which are committed to the transformation of higher education for sustainable development.
The session will examine case studies of current implementation of the SDGs at the local level to better understand local implementation in general and in case countries – Japan, India, Philippines and Thailand - as well as comparative analyses of the case studies to develop a curriculum framework on local implementation of the SDGs.