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UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production concludes at AIT

Twenty-nine participants hailing from 17 countries participated in the Second “UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific,” which concluded at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 29 December 2015.

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production concludes at AIT

From left: Dr. Jonathan Shaw, Ms. Janet Salem, and Prof. C. Visvanathan.

The second batch of young professionals who came to AIT under the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component programme included researchers, teachers, engineers, consultants, managers, officers and students. The Winter School lasted from 18-29 January 2016, and it was the second in the series. The first Winter School was held from 7-20 December 2014.

Dr. Jonathan Shaw, Executive Director, AIT Extension described the program as “tremendously exciting,” adding that the networks forged among the participants will hold them in good stead in the future.

Prof. C Visvanathan, who was leading the program for AIT, mentioned the competitive nature of the program adding that participants were selected from over 350 applicants. Further, every resource person came from a different country which added to the flavor of this intensive program, he said. Addressing the participants, Prof. Visvanathan said: “You started as trainees, and you have now graduated into trainers.”

For two weeks, participants interact with distinguished experts, taking classes, participating in interactive scenario-based exercises and simulations, besides building a strong network among themselves. The program focused on trends and challenges of development; resource efficiency; sustainable and unsustainable resource use and livelihoods development at the policy level; and emerging risks of climate change, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss, among other topics.

Successful participants were felicitated by Dr. Jonathan Shaw and Prof. C. Visvanathan of AIT; and Ms. Janet Salem, Programme Officer, Resource Efficiency and SCP, United Nations Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNEP ROAP).

The program was conducted jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Switch Asia, AIT, Chulalongkorn University, United Nations University- Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and Prince of Songklha University.

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