2018 Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development Successfully Held at Tongji University
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With the joint efforts of Tongji University, UN Environment, Hanns Seidel  Foundationand Key Laboratory of Cities' Migitation and Adaptation to Climate Change in Shanghai (CMACCS) of China Meteorological Administration, the 15th Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development under the theme of “Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Development” was successfully inaugurated on September 17th at the UN Environment - Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD).

32 participants from 11 countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, France, Mongolia, Zimbabwe participated in the programme this year. Most of the participants are middle and above representatives of the government, international organizations, universities, NGO and enterprises. The seminar was diversified and invited experts from the UN Environment, UNU, Asian Institute of Technology, Tongji University, and the Asian Sustainable Development Organization to give lectures.

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At the opening ceremony, Prof. Wu Jiang, Executive Vice President of Tongji University delivered welcome remarks on behalf of Tongji University. At the 15th anniversary of the ceremony, he welcomed students and lecturers from afar, and introduced Tongji’s efforts in promoting sustainable development education. 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 over the past 15 years and shared the related work of UN Environment. Mr. Surendra Shrestha, former director of the Asia-Pacific Office of the United Nations Environment Programme explains the challenges facing during the promotion of sustainable production and consumption from a dream-goal-plan-action-result system and encourages future leaders to jump out of their comfort zone and explore a more exciting world outside. The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Li Fengting, Executive Deputy Dean of IESD and Vice Dean of the College of Environmental Science and Engineering.

Since 2004, APLP was held at the Tongji University once a year, and it is the 15th year of the programme. So far, more than 400 emerging leaders from 50 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.