[2013] Summer School on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices

Description

This course is designed on the backdrop of 25 years of impressive global efforts for transitions towards sustainable development. Such efforts have included the building of sustainable development (SD) knowledge and capacity for policy-makers in governments, notably by the United Nations, bilateral agencies and civil society. Yet, transitions are still happening much too slowly to address overstretched planetary boundaries and multifaceted social crises. Beyond the technical knowledge and skills of economic, social and environmental sustainability, there remains a debilitating gap in understanding how technical knowledge gets, or not, deployed and scaled-up into national strategies, and implemented through concrete policies. From this perspective, studying and overcoming the reasons for policy inertia has become a pressing agenda of its own. The UNOSD Summer School therefore endeavours to confront this gap by providing the evidence and skills for a more effective and accelerated implementation of sustainability policies and practices. Experienced SD experts and policy practitioners will teach the various modules of this course, and a certificate will be delivered by UNOSD upon satisfactory completion of the course and its evaluation component.

 

Formal Opening

Welcome remarks:

Mr. Muhammad A. Chaudhry (Head of Office, UNOSD)

 

Day 1 (July 22, 2013)

Module 1 – The Sustainable Development Agenda

Lecture 1.1: "20 Years of SD: What happened at Rio+20?" 

Lecture 1.2: “Understanding Rio+20 – The unfinished SD agenda”

Instructor:

Mr. David le Blanc (Senior Sustainable Development Officer, DSD, UNDESA)

Mr. Richard A. Roehrl (Sustainable Development Officer, DSD, UNDESA)

 

Day 2 (July 23, 2013)

Module 1 (Continued) – The Sustainable Development Agenda

Lecture 1.3: “Sustainability – The Quest for Integration”

Instructor:

Mr. David le Blanc (Senior Sustainable Development Officer, DSD, UNDESA)

Mr. Richard A. Roehrl (Sustainable Development Officer, DSD, UNDESA)

 

Day 3 (July 24, 2013)

Module 2 – Evolving Sustainability Strategies

Lecture 2.1 and Working Groups: ”Converging Crises”

Lecture 2.2 and Working Groups: “Socio-economic Impacts and Policy Problems”

Instructor:

Mr. Eric Kemp-Benedict (Asia Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute)

Mr. François Fortier (Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD)

 

Day 4 (July 25, 2013)

Module 2 (Continued) – Evolving Sustainability Strategies

Lecture 2.3 and Seminar: “Climate Change and Development”

Lecture 2.4 and Working Groups: “Growth and Prosperity in the Age of Climate Change”

Instructor:

Mr Eric Kemp-Benedict (Asia Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute)

Mr François Fortier (Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD)

 

Day 5 (July 26, 2013)

Case Study – The Republic of Korea

"Development and Environmental Policies in Korea"

Mr. Sang In Kang (Senior Development Management Expert, UNOSD)

"Sustainable Development in Korea: Overview and Case Studies"

Ms. Woo Hyun Chung (Research Fellow, Korea Environment Institute)

 

Day 6 (July 29, 2013)

Module 3 – Policy Formulation

Lecture 3.1 and Seminar: “Sustainability Policy-making”

Instructor:

Mr. David O’Connor (Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, DSD, DESA)

Mr. Imran Habib Ahmad (Senior Programme Officer, IRENA)

 

Day 7 (July 30, 2013)

Module 3 (Continued) – Policy Formulation

Lecture 3.2 and Seminar: “Designing a Sustainability Transition Policy”

Instructor:

Mr. David O’Connor (Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, DSD, DESA)

Mr. Imran Habib Ahmad (Senior Programme Officer, IRENA)

 

Day 8 (July 31, 2013)

Module 4 – Policy Implementation

Lecture 4.1 and Seminar: “Policy Tools”

Instructor:

Mr. Steven Burian, Assoc (Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah)

Mr. WooSuk Han (Associate Research Fellow, KRIHS)

 

Day 9 (August 1, 2013)

Module 4 (Continued) – Policy Implementation

Lecture 4.2 and Seminar: “Policy Tools for the Nexus”

Instructor:

Mr. Brendan Barrett (Academic Programme Officer, UNU Tokyo)

Mr. Steven Burian (Assoc. Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah)

 

Day 10 (August 2, 2013)

Module 4 (Continued) – Policy Implementation

Lecture 4.3 and Seminar: “M&E of Transition Policies and Practices”

Instructor:

Mr. Brendan Barrett (Academic Programme Officer, UNU Tokyo)

Mr. Steven Burian (Assoc. Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah)

 

Documentation

Participant List

Syllabus for Summer School on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices