2019 Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development
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Theme: Sustainable Consumption and Production

When and Where:Tongji University, Shanghai, China 23-27 September 2019

China’s top university with over a century’s history!

Located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city in China.


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!



The Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development 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 Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

in the 2030 Agenda Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong

learning opportunity for all.


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.



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



Selection Criteria:   

Participants will be selected on the basis of their completed applications, according to the following


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 are open for those affiliated with government agencies, international organizations,

NGOs as well as the private sector from across the Asia-Pacific region. Applicants should possess

with demonstrated leadership potential, and prior experience on sustainability and/or development



Application Materials:

a) Completed Application Form

b) Updated Résumé/Curriculum Vitae, highlighting the educational qualifications, English

language capacity and work experience, especially in the field of environment and sustainable


c)  Letter of Recommendation: One Letter of Recommendation from either an academic or a

professional referee who can testify the applicant’s strengths and experiences, relevant to

sustainable development.


Fellowship support:  

Applicants from developing countries in need of financial support should provide specific

justifications for full or partial financial support. Fellowship support will be based on the

completed application form and supplementary materials submitted.


Training fee:

Fee type

(not including local accommodation)

Early Bird - before

 22 July 2019 (USD)

After 22 July 2019 (USD)


$ 1,200


Gov/ Academic/ APLP Alumni






Note: Additional USD 200 for accommodation arrangements at the Tongji Guest House for 5 nights 



The complete application should be completed and emailed as an attachment, to iesdleadership@126.com

by 15 August 2019.


Contact Information:

Ms. WANG Weilin, Programme Coordinator of IESD

UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development
Office: +86-21-6598 7790    Fax: +86-21-6598 7790

Website: http://unep-iesd.tongji.edu.cn/

Email:  iesdleadership@126.com

Address: Rm903, Zonghe Building, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, China