University Hosts EU Funded Conference On Higher Education For Sustainable Development

30th June 2016

A successful two day conference between the 27th -28th June, saw over 90 participants from across Europe come together at the University as part of the University Educators for Sustainable Development initiative.

The University Educators for Sustainable Development project has run for three years, culminating in this final project conference held at the University of Gibraltar. The initiative attracted 600,000 euros of funding from the European Commission and has brought together 55 partners from 33 countries.

The conference was opened by The Hon. Dr John Cortes MP and saw panel discussions and presentations from high profile, international key note speakers such as:

  • Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability, Rhodes University
  • Dr Alexander Leicht, Chief, Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Paris
  • Adriana Valenzuela, Education, Training and Public Awareness, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • Dr Fabrice Millet, Chief ASYCUDA Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Prof Nick Foskett, Chair of Academic Board, University of Gibraltar and Former Vice-Chancellor of Keele University
  • Dr Rodrigo Lozano, Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cleaner Production and Assistant Professor at the University of Utrecht
  • Prof Fernando Galván – President of the CRUE Sustainability Commission & Rector of the Universidad de Alcalá

The conference also saw the launch of a unique web toolkit created by the UE4SD project – the Online Platform for professional development in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

This online platform has collected the best practices identified from across Europe and new activities developed through the project. This is the first collection of materials devoted to professional training and capacity building of educators in ESD.

The Online Platform may visited via the following link www.platform.ue4sd.eu