Task force organises World Summit in Rio

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 July 2011

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(2011), "Task force organises World Summit in Rio", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 12 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2011.24912caa.002

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Task force organises World Summit in Rio

Article Type: News From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 12, Issue 3

A task force led by Professor Walter Leal, Head of the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and a Senior Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK), is organising the “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5-6 June 2012, as a parallel event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). The event is organised under the auspices of the RCE Hamburg and Region, which is part of a global network of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) coordinated by the United Nations University. The aims of the WSSD-U-2012 are fourfold:

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    to provide universities all around the world with an opportunity to display and present their works (i.e. curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects) as they relate to education for sustainable development at university level;

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    to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, from successful initiatives and good practice;

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    to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities; and

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    to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, a special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development with selected papers from the conference will be produced. Furthermore, the book Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons will be published, with a further set of papers. This will be volume 33 of the award-winning book series Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability (Peter Lang Scientific Publishers), which since its creation in 1998 has become the world’s longest running book series on education and communication on sustainable development. Further details are available at: www.haw-hamburg.de/projects_events.html