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Second Summer School 2014 on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices
4 - 8 August 2014
Incheon, Republic of Korea

Registration - NOW CLOSED
UNOSD invited Member States to nominate candidates to the Summer School on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices, to be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, 4 to 8 August 2013.

In this regard, invitations to all Member States (see Documents on the right) have been extended through their Permanent Representatives at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Candidates must comply with all requirements stipulated in the invitation letter, and be nominated by their government.

The deadline for receiving the nominations together with documents requested in the invitation letter and the additional form in the Documents box above was 20 June 2014 , and the registration process is now closed.

List of Participants

A list of participants can be downloaded here.

Syllabus for Summer School on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices
This is the final syllabus of the Summer School:

Summer School Instructors
  • Dr. Brendan Barrett is an Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University and set up the Media Studio in 2003, which subsequently merged with the Office of Communications in 2010. He has been employed with the UNU since 1997 and the currently leads a team of professionals exploring how to communicate, outreach and educate on complex social and environmental themes. An environmental planner by training, Brendan has been working with the UN since 1995, beginning with the United Nations Environment Programme. Prior to that he worked as a consultant with one of the UK's top structural and civil engineering consultancies, Ove Arup and Partners. At the UNU, he has coordinated a number of major projects including the Iwate Environment Network, the Global Virtual University (funded by the Government of Norway), the Asia Pacific Initiative and was the UNU's focal point for the World Summit on the Information Society. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and a peer reviewer for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.
  • Dr Steven Burian is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Director of the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and Co-Director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah. His professional career spans more than 15 years during which he has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as a Professor at the University of Arkansas and the University of Utah. He also is a Chief Consultant for Harit Solutions, an engineering and sustainability consulting firm he co-founded in India. He has expertise related to the planning, engineering, and policy making to create sustainable and resilient urban water resources systems. On this topic he has published more than 100 scientific articles, reports, and book chapters and delivered several software packages and databases used throughout the world.
  • Dr Sang In Kang is economist and Senior Development Management Expert with UNOSD. For two decades, Dr Kang served with several Korean institutions including the Bank of Korea, the Global Strategy Center at the Korea Environment Institute, and the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences of Korea. He also worked for the OECD Environment Directorate as a climate change specialist. As a senior research fellow at KEI, he led several joint research and capacity-building activities for government officials and experts from many developing countries. With UNOSD, he provides expertise and support in the management of sustainable development strategy and implementation for UN member states. Dr Kang has authored several books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles on trade and environment, climate change and sustainable development accounting. He holds a doctorate in International Economics from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris.
  • Dr. Ralph Wahnschafft is an Independent Senior Advisor on Sustainability Policies associated with the Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), New York. He has worked with the United Nations for more than 25 years in various duty stations, including in Africa (Lesotho, South Africa), the Middle East (Baghdad, Iraq), South-east Asia (Bangkok, Thailand), and at UN Headquarters in New York (2003-2013). His priority professional interests relate to international affairs, political economy, development concerns and sustainable development, in particular with regard to (renewable) energy issues, analysis of market trends, urban (re)development, transport, tourism, and all aspects of environmental concerns, including air pollution and climate change. Dr Ralph Wahnschafft has initiated a considerable number of technical cooperation and technical assistance projects in developing countries, in particular in Asia. He holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He was a leading team member in servicing the Rio+20 UN Conference. He periodically assists UNOSD with the preparation and implementation of capacity building activities and projects.
  • Thomas (Tom) Hamlin graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada with a degree in Physics then went on to do research with the Mechanical Engineering Department on energy efficiency in buildings. Tom worked for a variety of government agencies including Energy Mines Resources Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation where he developed programs including the Energuide for Housesthat promoteded energy efficiency and low carbon buildings. Tom moved to Africa in 1998 and joined the United Nations Environment Programme. There he developed a portfolio of Climate Change projects executed in 25 countries around the world. Tom is now the Inter-Regional Aadviser on Energy and Transport for the Division for Sustainable Development UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs in New York.

Nomination and Registration Procedure

We kindly ask the nominated participants (once their Governments have officially nominated them in response to the invitation sent to their Permanent Missions to the UN in New York) to fill and submit the registration and participant forms (already sent with the invitation letter) together with the medical clearance certificate and passport's biopage to Ms Shelley Choi at unosd_at_un.org or by fax at +82 32 822-9089 no later than 20 June 2014. The invitation and additional documents can be found under the tab Participants.

All relevant information and documentation concerning this course is kept up-to-date through this website.
Presentation Overheads

To view and download pictures, see part 1 and part 2 on the UNOSD Facebook page.

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