Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Sustainability


   The Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development (APLP) is an annual flagship programme co-hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Tongji University, aiming to build capacity for emerging leaders from the Asia Pacific region on holistic sustainability thinking and evidence-based approaches for effective action. The Leadership Programme is organized by UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) at Tongji University, closely linked with the training pillar of the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES). The Leadership Programme supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda – Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunity for all, and other goals reflected in each year’s theme.

  The Leadership Programme is designed as a collaborative effort between Regional University Consortium on Environment and Sustainability (RUC) members, which includes University of New South Wales, Griffith University and Wollongong University from Australia, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University in the US, the United Nations University, the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, with Tongji University taking the lead.

 Since 2004, over 400 emerging leaders from 45 countries and organizations have benefited from this annual leadership program at IESD, of which more than 30 countries are from the Asia-Pacific. The leadership program has also attracted participants from other regions, such as North America, Africa, and Europe, who are keen to learn more about the dynamic Asia Pacific region.


  At the Re-Imagine Education 2016 International Conference, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development (APLP) was awarded the Silver Award for Sustainability by the Quacquarelli Symonds and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Media Report:

 A special press release on the APLP was reported in three languages (English, Chinese and French) by China Today, one of the most influential magazines not only in China but worldwide!

Aims:The Leadership Programme will provide participants from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to:

a) Improve all-round thinking and decision-making abilities of emerging leaders, representing governmental organizations, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector, etc.;

b) Understand and balance three key dimensions – human, environmental and social/economic – in promoting sustainable development;

c) Set up a platform for emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to communicate and network amongst each other while working together to address complex practical sustainable development challenges.

Selection Criteria:Participants will be selected on the basis of their completed applications, according to the following criteria:

a) An advanced understanding of sustainability and its relevance for their research and/or work;

b) Demonstrated leadership ability to work in a team environment and contribute to sustainable development activities;

c) High level of understanding of written and spoken English.

d) Mid-to-senior government and institutional policy makers, non-governmental organization managers and leaders, business professionals, entrepreneurs and experienced journalists are preferred.

e) Minimum work experience of 5 years is preferred.

Applications: Applications are open for those affiliated with government agencies, international organizations, NGOs as well as the private sector from across the Asia-Pacific and other region. Applicants should possess with demonstrated leadership potential, and prior experience on sustainability and/or development issues.

Contact: Ms. Jessica-Qian Jia (