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Jul 24, 2014

Global Video Competition on Education for Sustainable Development for Students Worlwide

About the competition

The Salon Global University Student Video Competition is organized by Salon Films (H.K.) Ltdin the framework of the last year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), coordinated by UNESCO. The competition is supported by the Hong Kong Baptist University in partnership with UNESCO.
©Dean Gesch
©UNESCO/Marc Hofer
©UNESCO/Namal Kamalgoda


To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. A fundamental change is necessary in the way people think and act. The international community has long recognized that education is crucial for bringing about such change. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
In December 2002, the United Nations’ General Assembly launched the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development running from 2005-2014. The main aim of ESD is to empower citizens to address the challenges of the present and future and to make responsible decisions for a viable world. BUT EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT MEAN PROTECTING OUR PLANET.

Sustainable Development (SD)

Seeks to meet the needs of the present without comprising those of future generations. Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses respect for all life – human and non-human – and natural resources, as well as integrating concerns such as poverty reduction, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security and intercultural dialogue.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills, perspectives and knowledge to make informed decisions and act upon them for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future. ESD helps the citizens of the world to learn their way to a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) (2005-2014)

For which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.


  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change Education
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Lifestyles
  • Water
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Gender Equality
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Health Promotion

The Aims of the Project

  • Share the experiences of people who have worked or are working on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Show the variety of interventions and facets of Education for Sustainable Development and demonstrate its importance as a driving force for social change.
  • Promote favourable practices and encourage new projects in Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Celebrate the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development to be held in November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

Competition Terms & Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions/Rules apply to the Salon Global University Student Video Competition. By participating in this Competition, the participant undertakes to comply with and abide by these Rules and provide all information required. The participant should understand that any failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Who Can Participate?

University students from all over the world can participate in the competition. However, the videos should have the nomination of their university and each university can nominate a maximum of 3 videos. Participants are required to produce short video on ESD

To Participate

Complete the registration form that can be downloaded by clicking here: English中文 and seek their university’s support. The completed form with university endorsement should be emailed to the following email address: registration@salonmedia.comThe video should be submitted on a DVD and sent by post to the following address together with the original registration formSalon Films (H.K.) Ltd, Unit C, 4/F, Freder Centre, 68 Sung Wong Toi Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The email should be sent out latest by 20 Aug 2014 and the DVD should be received latest by 29 Aug 2014.

About the Video

  • The video must be no more that 5 minutes in length.
  • Any spoken language used in the video that is not English must be accompanied by an English subtitle.
  • The video must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
  • The video must be the participant’s own original creation – no copyrighted music, video, sounds or images may be used without prior, full permission from the author(s) of the said copyrighted music, video, sounds or images that the participant wishes to include.
  • The video must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • The video must be originals.

The Prize

The video author (or a nominated representative, if a team effort) of each winning video will be invited to attend the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference on 7 November 2014 in Okayama, Japan and also the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Nagoya, Japan from 10 to 12 November 2014. Travel costs to and from Japan, hotel accommodation and a living allowance will be provided for the duration of stay in Japan. A trophy will also be awarded to the winner.


After the competition closes at midnight 29 August 2014, qualifying video will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through their creativity, originality, message content and overall presentation (sound and picture quality). Three winning videos will be selected by a special jury.
The competition winners will be announced on 1 October 2014 on the competition web page and winners will also be notified by email.
For more information, please
To learn more and read more about ESD, please go to the following websites:

Jul 20, 2014

The State of the World's Forests 2014 is released by the FAO

State of the World's Forests 2014

Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests

Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.
This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.

About the series

The State of the World's Forests reports on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments and key issues concerning the forest sector. It makes current, reliable and policy-relevant information widely available to facilitate informed discussion and decision-making with regard to the world's forests.

Jul 19, 2014

Apply for the PACMAS Training for Pacific Broadcasters and Journalists to held in September

APPLY NOW – PACMAS Training for Pacific Broadcasters and Journalists in partnership with SPREP
As part of the PACMAS Program of support under its Media Strengthening component, PACMAS proposes to fund a 2 week fellowship for mid-level broadcasters and journalists to attend the UNSIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa.
The unique characteristics of SIDs being small, remote and resource-poor, has seen the group as making the least progress in sustainable development compared to other country groupings. In economic terms, especially in terms of poverty reduction and debt sustainability, SIDS has regressed.
The third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States will be hosted in the Pacific for the first time, hosted by Samoa.  The theme of the conference is “The sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships”.   Underscored by PACMAS strong C4D focus, this program will facilitate emerging Pacific Island media leaders’ understanding of global issues, discussion and negotiation of ideas and knowledge, and engagement in public debates at international levels. This program is designed toempower participants by strengthening their skills, competencies and networks that will enable further dialogue at national and community level, empowering citizens to voice their aspirations and concerns and participate in the decisions that relate to their development. 


The Program provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the international community convening and engaging on issues around sustainable development within the Small Island Developing States context. The program will provide opportunities to hear national leaders, development partners and subject matter experts deliberate on pressing developing issues that face the region, particularly, post-2015 MDGs.  The fellowship aims to profile the sustainable development issues to be discussed at the conference, the outcomes of which will impact Pacific communities.
Upon completion of the Program, participants are expected to continue working in journalism or broadcasting and help promote better understanding of global development issues and their local implications in their home country. As working journalists with an understanding of development issues facing the region, the program is not intended to provide basic skills training.
  • Familiarization and reporting on the post-2015 development agenda and implications for SIDS;
  • Knowledge-sharing on the strategic roles of media and media training in Pacific Island development.
The selection is a competitive 2-step process which includes the provision of 3 samples of work with the initial application, and a final interview. At least one applicant will be selected from the six themes of the conference:
  • Sustainable economic development;
  • Climate change and disaster risk management;
  • Social Development in SIDS (Health, NCD’s Youth and Women);
  • Sustainable Energy;
  • Oceans Seas and Biodiversity;
  • Water and sanitation food security and waste management.
The program is open to journalists and broadcasters from 14 Pacific Island countries including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. A final 6 successful applicants will be selected to attend the program. Eligible candidates not selected will be invited to participate in new social media discussion groups to run concurrently during the Conference, and receive training materials electronically.


  • Candidates must be nationals of a Pacific Island country;
  • Age between  25 – 35;
  • Currently full-time employed by a Pacific Island media organization;
  • Knowledgeable on Pacific development issues, and familiar with conference themes;
  • Oral and written fluency in English;
  • At least 5 years of professional journalism experience and proven interest in development issues facing the Pacific;
  • Provide a letter of support from the Head of the organization endorsing their full participation and that news developed over this period will be published/broadcast through their media outlet;
  • Have approved accreditation to attend the conference, preferably media accreditation;
  • Have a passport valid until April 2015.
  • Familiarize themselves with the topics of the six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues , the zero draft document and national priorities before the UNSIDS Conference, candidates will be provided support and guidance in this from SPREP.
  • Participate in a training workshop and in hands on activities.
  • Undertake professional work assignments. Each participant will be required to compile a dossier of at least 8 news stories, scripts or links on their allocated key thematic area for submission and distribution.
  • Attend media briefings by specialised agencies, programmes to be guided by SPREP.
  • Support the sharing and distribution of news through their network and contact list where possible.
  • Provide PACMAS and SPREP with a detailed list of their news items that were published or broadcast in national media over this period.
  • Provide their own equipment (laptop, recorder, camera and so forth) required to complete their assignments. 


  • Most direct return economy single airline ticket from your country to Apia, Samoa;
  • Shared accommodation;
  • A daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to cover your meals (excluding breakfast).
  • Upon completion of the Programme requirements and submission of dossier of news stories, scripts or links, participants will receive a certificate of participation;
  • Hotel and airport transfers in transit countries. 


  • Once selected, participants will need to obtain all necessary transit visas to Apia, Samoa for reimbursement upon submission of original receipts.
  • Travel and health insurance;
  • Provide a reference letter from current employer, this letter is also to indicate support for your participation in this program and support for publishing or broadcasting your news items developed during this programme;
  • In preparation for the Program, participants are required to prepare two short PowerPoint presentations (7 – 10 minutes each) in the context of their key thematic area on a topic assigned by PACMAS Capacity Development Advisor and SPREP Coordinator.

Topics include:

  1. Media treatment of Pacific development issues, challenges and opportunities (with examples)
  2. Facilitating development dialogue: Role of the media
Please complete application form, and submit with supporting documents via e-mail to no later than 4pm (AEST) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Application requirements:
  • Application form;
  • Supporting documents including 3 samples (or links) of your work;
  • Photocopy of your passport bio-page;
  • Letter of support from your employer;
  • Information on any visas you may have that will allow you to travel freely through New Zealand and Australia that will not have expired by October 2014.
To download a PDF copy of the EOI please click here: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States.
To download the application form please click here: PACMAS TRAINING Application Form
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Jul 17, 2014

Nektarina calls for Your support to provide bicycles and school supplies for children in Thakarwadi, India

Call for support to provide bicycles and school supplies for children in India !

As many of you know #Nektarina is running a lot of activities in India, as part of its Education for Sustainability #E4S project. You will be able to see here some of the best moments from the project so far :

We are currently fundraising for children in the community of Thakarwadi in Maharashtra state, India in order to buy materials for school such as books, shoes, clothes and study materials to enable those children to benefit from school. We also aim to buy bicycles to enable the children to travel the 6 km that separate them from school more easily. Given that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to end poverty and enable sustainable development at all levels of the society, we feel strongly connected to the needs of these children who deserve to have access to education.

That is why we are now calling for support to provide bicycles and school supplies to those children in Thakarwadi, India. Your personal support is needed to enable this dream becomes true ! Please help us reach our goal by donating, if You are able to, or by forwarding this message to Your friends, family and colleagues. We would be very grateful for any support provided and to have this goal reached with Your contribution. In order to donate, please go to : 

Because together we can achieve sustainable development, Your voice counts and Your support as well. Please help make it happen !

Many thanks !

The Education for Sustainability #E4S project Team
Nektarina Non Profit

Apply for the International Contest ''Best Climate Practices for Energy Poverty Alleviation''

International Contest Best Climate Practices 2014

Best Climate Practices for Energy Poverty Alleviation 

Send your practice from July 10th to October 15th, 2014

Vote for your favorite practice and share it on social networks from October 16th to 31st, 2014

On the launching of the Best Climate Practices observatory's new platform, the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) is inaugurating its second edition of the International Competition on Best Climate Practices with this year's invitation to submit innovative proposals on the theme of energy poverty.

Energy poverty can be defined as inaccessibility to adequate forms of reliable, affordable energy for meeting basic human needs, such as eating, home heating, travelling and maintaining health. Today approximately one in five persons lives in conditions of energy poverty, and nearly 40% of the world's population uses wood, coal or animal waste for cooking. The use of such fuels, beyond having a negative impact on health, is contributing, through deforestation and its concomitant emissions, to aggravating the effects of climate changeComing to grips with energy poverty is therefore crucial for sustainable social and economic development.

By encouraging institutions, citizens, researchers and businesses to reflect constructively on the dual challenges of climate change and energy poverty, we believe it is possible to develop concrete, innovative solutions aimed at solving the problem and promoting economic development and social dignity.

Competition sponsor
The competition, now in its second year, is sponsored by ICCG's Best Climate Practices Observatory, an initiative whose aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of the most innovative and effective best climate practices, with an emphasis on the wide range of actions that, if pursued by politicians, economists, researchers and private citizens, can really make a difference.

Purpose of the contest 
The competition is open to the best practices related to the issues of energy poverty as actions liable to mitigate or aid in adapting to climate change. The competition is open to:
  • original ideas just waiting to be realized,
  • already existing innovative projects that deserve to be replicated in different economic and socio-geographical contexts.

The practices must be concretely feasible projectsWhat is a good practice? Read the definition.

Who can participate
The competition is open to anyone, regardless of specialized experience and nationality. Practices may be sent in by single users or by teams, and can be invented by the persons proposing them or by third parties.

Propose your practice (July 10th to October 15th, 2014). The practices must be submitted in English, in accordance with the procedure indicated in the 2014 Contest Guidelines:

Vote and share your favorite practices (October 16th – 31st, 2014) 
Users registered on the site can vote on the competing practices and share them on social networks to increase their chances of winning the Users' Choice Award.

Evaluation Criteria 
Submitted practices will be evaluated on the basis on the following criteria:

  • feasibility of the actions proposed by the practice;
  • replicability potential of the practice described;
  • originality of the practice;
  • likely impact on energy poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation actions;
  • the best costs/benefits ratio.

The competition will conclude with the awarding of two prizes.

Experts' Choice Award 
A panel of experts, including Carlo Carraro (ICCG and Ca 'Foscari University of Venice),Pippo Ranci (World Access to Modern Energy & EXPO2015 Association), Shonali Pachauri(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis - IIASA), Saleemul Huq (International Institute for Environment and Development - IIED) and Raffaella Centurelli (International Energy Agency, IEA), will evaluate the practices in accordance with the above criteria and will award the Experts' Choice Award: a precious Murano glass art item fashioned by a famous master craftsman.

Users' Choice Award
The author of the practice that receives the highest number of votes between October 16th and 31st, 2014 will win the Users' Choice Award: the production of a promotional video of his or her practice.

Award Ceremony
The winners will be invited to accept their awards at the fourth edition of the Think Forward Film Festival (Venice, December 12-13, 2014), the ICCG film festival on climate change and renewable energy. The winners of each practice will also benefit from the opportunity to make contact with a broad network of institutions and potential investors, and will see their practice publicized through the communication channels of the International Center for Climate Governance.

Contact:, +39. (0) 41 2700 435