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Title :The Mainstreaming of Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) Partnership and UNEP Tongji Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD)
Location:UNEP Nairobi Kenya
Start Date:17 November 2010
End Date:17 November 2010
Description:UNEP in its role as a global leader in science-based environmental policy has constantly sought to improve its interactions with universities. In order to deliver on its six cross-cutting thematic priority areas as spelled in its Medium-term Strategy 2010 – 2013, UNEP has recognised Awareness-raising, outreach and communications, including education and training as a key means of implementation. This recognition in turn supports the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) lasting 2005 - 2014. One of the initiatives that UNEP successfully rolled out with universities to support UNDESD is the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) Partnership Programme. MESA currently has a membership spanning over 90 universities in Africa. Some of these universities have transformed their curricula to reflect environment and sustainability concerns. Several others are following suit. The partnership thus far has resulted in the initiation of a number of change initiatives in participating universities and has introduced a stronger systems-focused approach to change in universities. An active network of African Universities has also been established with active participation from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations University (UNU) and Association of African Universities (AAU).
Event Type:Meeting
Venue:UNEP Nairobi Kenya
Organizer:Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU
Participants:UNEP and Tongji University, China
Contact:Paul Okwaro
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Website:The Mainstreaming of Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) Partnership and UNEP Tongji Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD)
Related Document(s)Document No:1
Themes:Education & Training