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UNDP - UNU-IAS Joint Seminar on Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LECRDS) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
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Thursday, 23 June 2011, 14:00 - 16:00

UNDP–UNU-IAS Joint Seminar on
Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LECRDS) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Venue: UNU-IAS, Yokohama 
 


Seminar Description
Language: English only


Climate change is clearly the greatest development challenge of the 21st Century. To date, narrowly-defined mitigation (lowering emissions) and adaptation (reducing vulnerability) projects have dominated climate change policies taken by most countries. Now, however, new and innovative programmatic approaches are necessary to leverage existing experiences into a comprehensive policy framework to support developing country governments in integrating climate and development planning, policies, and action across multiple sectors and levels (national, regional and local levels). The formulation and implementation of low-emission climate-resilient development strategies (LECRDS) led by UNDP will respond more effectively to climate change as the programmatic nexus for capturing conventional and innovative sources of sustainable development.

In preparing the LECRDS, it is crucial to mobilize actors and stakeholders toward partnership and coordination platform and to establish a multi-stakeholder participatory process at the regional and municipal level. In this context, capacity development at the local level is a key element for the success of the LECRDS.

Long-term, integrated, cross-sectoral, participatory planning at the regional level is seen as a key strategy for upscaling of the climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. To be successful, climate change management requires a balance of priorities of various groups and sectors, understanding of the roles of multiple partners, development of partnerships and communities of practice.

With their ability to bring together multiple stakeholders from the knowledge sector, the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs), which UNU-IAS has taken the lead to develop since 2003, are in a position to facilitate challenges in management of the climate change planning at the regional level including gaps in knowledge sharing and lack of expertise. RCEs could become hubs for capacity development and coordination of climate change management efforts in addressing sustainability not only for local regions but also internationally. Today, 85 RCEs operate in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

At the same time, the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) team and UNU-IAS have developed initiatives on higher education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, which is called “ProSPER.Net”. Institutions of higher education have a unique responsibility in education and new knowledge development in the area of climate change. Among the projects of ProSPER.Net– Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research–are activities that empower the policy makers of the Asia-Pacific region in understanding and implementing integrated climate strategies.

To assist developing countries in the context of low-carbon society, climate-resilient society and sustainable development, there are many areas where UNDP and UNU-IAS can work together. Taking the opportunity of Dr. Yannick Glemarec’s (Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP) visit to Japan in late June, UNU-IAS is pleased to organize a Seminar on the LECRDS.

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Programme

14:00 - 14:10 Opening Remarks

Govindan Parayil,  Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU 

14:10 - 14:40

Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategies: Fostering Human Development in a Changing Climate

Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP 


14:40 - 15:00

Role of RCEs in regional capacity development for climate change management

Zinaida Fadeeva, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

15:00 - 15:20

Leadership Role of ProSPER.Net in Building Sustainability Culture in Higher Education and Research

Mario Tabucanon, Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS

15:20 -

Discussions

Facilitator: Kazuhiko Takemoto, Senior Fellow, UNU-IAS

Panelists:
Yannick Glemarec
Zinaida Fadeeva
Mario Tabucanon


- 16:00   

Closing


Audio and Video Podcasts

23 June 2011
UNDP - UNU-IAS Joint Seminar on Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategy (LECRDS) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Opening Remarks by Prof. Govindan Parayil, Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU

[Archived Video- 5 minutes];

Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Strategies: Fostering Human Development in a Changing Climate by Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP
[Archived Video- 33 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 33 minutes]

Role of RCEs in regional capacity development for climate change management by Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS
[Archived Video- 23 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 23 minutes]

Leadership Role of ProSPER.Net in Building Sustainability Culture in Higher Education and Research by Dr. Mario Tabucanon, Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS

[Archived Video- 21 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 21 minutes]

Discussions
[Archived Video- 39 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 39 minutes]


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Speakers' Biographies

Yannick Glemarec joined the UN in 1989. He has held increasingly responsible positions with UNDP Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh. He was appointed Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP in New York in June 2007. In this present capacity, he has primary responsibility for the operational management of a $6 billion portfolio comprising about 1,000 projects and activities in over 140 countries. He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master's Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of environment, climate change, and natural disaster risk management.

Zinaida Fadeeva is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Her main responsibilities include undertaking research projects and organizing activities within the framework of the Education for Sustainable Development Programme. Her research interests relate to the topics of interorganizational learning and partnerships development, assessment of higher education, and sustainable production and consumption systems, among others. She also coordinates and teaches sustainability-related courses at several universities at the Asia-Pacific region and leadership programmes for the private and public sectors. Before joining UNU-IAS, she worked with research and non-governmental organizations in Europe and former Soviet Union countries, dealing with questions of industry and the environment, nature protection, ecosystem management, human rights and governance.

Mario T. Tabucanon is currently a Visiting Professor at the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). He is involved in the ESD Programme’s activities in the promotion of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on ESD especially in Asia-Pacific region, in the activities of the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net), and in the organization and delivery, in cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and the host country’s Environment Ministry, of the annual ASEAN-Plus-Three Leadership Programme on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Dr. Tabucanon is Professor Emeritus at the Asian Institute of Technology based in Thailand, where he had served in the faculty for more than three decades and assumed various leadership positions at the Institute. He has held consultancy assignments with several international and national organizations.


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