2017 Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development Successfully Held at Tongji University
  Time:2017-09-28 
With joint efforts of UN Environment, Tongji University and Key Laboratory of Cities' Migitation and Adaptation to Climate Change in Shanghai (CMACCS) and support of Hanns Seidel Foundation, the 2017 Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development (APLP) under the theme of ‘Leading for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (The SDGs)’ was successfully inaugurated on 18th Sep at the UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD). 31 participants from 13 countries, including Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Kenya and China, participated in the programme this year. Experts from International Environmental Technology Centre, Asia and Pacific Office, UN Environment, University of New South Wales, University of Wollongong, Tongji University, and other institutes were invited to give lectures and moderate the discussions among participants.
At the opening ceremony, Prof. Wu Jiang, Executive Vice President of Tongji University delivered welcome remarks and shared Tongji’s practice and efforts in promoting education for sustainable development. Mr. Mahesh Pradhan from International Environmental Technology Centre of UN Environment, gave a welcome speech and introduced the development course as well as the opportunities and challenges the progremme is faced with.
The project coordinator of Hans Seidel Foundation (HSF), Ms. Nila Puspita, emphasized the importance of the APLP, and briefly introduced the contribution of HSF in the environment and sustainable development education. The opening ceremony was presided over by Prof. Li Fengting, Deputy Dean of IESD.
Since 2004, APLP was held at the Tongji University once a year, and it is the 14th year of the programme. So far, more than 400 emerging leaders from 42 countries and organizations have benefited from this annual leadership programme at IESD, of which more than 30 countries are from the Asia-Pacific. The leadership programme has also attracted participants from North America, Africa, Europe and who have shared experiences.

During the one-week course, experts will interact with participants around topics such as human, environmental, social and economic dimensions, and analyze the concept of sustainable development through case study and moderated discussion. 

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