07.12.2014 – 20.12.2014 · Asian Institute of Technology Campus, Bangkok, Thailand · Category: Policy Support Components, Regional Policy Support Component

UN Winter School on SCP

Dates and Venue:
7 December – 19 December 2014
Asian Institute of Technology Campus, Bangkok, Thailand

Participants Booklet:
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Academic committee:
Co-chairs: Dr. Stefanos Fotiou, UNEP and Prof. C. Visvanathan, AIT 

Members: 
Prof. Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS 
Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, UNU-IAS 
Dr. Rotchanatch Darnsawasdi, Prince of Songkhla University 
Dr. Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Chulalongkorn University

Strategic objective:

To improve the knowledge of future decision makers in the area of Sustainable Consumption and Production and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management in a life cycle perspective for goods and services produced and used by governments, business and civil society.

Specific Objectives:

  • Assist future decision-makers from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to respond better in the growing needs to mainstream SCP by raising their knowledge in this field.
  • Enhance the capacity level of junior governmental professionals from developing countries to work with projects that promote SCP.
  • To increase the understanding of the need for - and challenges to - implementation of SCP in different sectors and thereby enable participants to effectively engage with and contribute to mainstreaming and upscaling of Sustainable Consumption and Production through their daily management practices.
  • Create networks of junior professionals from developing and industrialised countries and thus promoting North-South and South-South cooperation mechanisms in the field of SCP.
  • To provide credible knowledge on SCP to post-graduate students and equip them with skills that can support their research and professional activities.


Learning Benefits

After the completion of the course participants will be able to:   

  1. Clearly understand what SCP and resource efficiency is and how they contribute to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods (and the relative contributions by different socio-economic sectors, geo-political countries, etc.)
  2. Know how to use alternative policy instruments, strategy options and institutional arrangements (including networks) for achieving resource efficiency and its subsequent development, climate and environmental conservation outcomes (e.g. regulatory, market based, information, etc instruments in environment, industry, technology, education, training and other policy domains).
  3. Developing analytical, advocacy and implementation capabilities and skills, in particular through practical piloting of selected resource efficiency methods, techniques and policy instruments, as appropriate to the backgrounds and interests of participants 
  4. Have a better understanding and appreciation of the different perspectives and interests of various stakeholders as these are affected by, and could potentially contribute to, resource efficiency and its development, climate and environmental benefits.


Eligible candidates and application process:
In principle the following three groups of candidates could apply to participate in the Winter School:  

  • Junior Government professionals (up to 5 years of experience)
  • Junior private sector professionals or development consultants (up to 5 years of experience)
  • Doctoral or Master students
  • Candidates are required to have completed as a minimum a first university degree in environment, development, engineering, policy, economics or relevant discipline. Completion of postgraduate degree and/or professional training relevant to sustainable development would be considered favourably.


 To apply for the Winter School candidates should send:  

  • Complete Application Form with 2x2 picture
  • A short resume (one page maximum)
  • Copy of degrees obtained
  • A motivation note (included in the Application Form) on why they are interested to participate in the winter school and what is their expectation. Candidates should also indicate if they request a scholarship provided they are eligible as per the table below


The participants have already been selected for the UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and Pacific to be held from 7-20 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Participation and Cost

Participation will be open to participants from all countries and a scholarship scheme will apply on the basis of the following table:

Scholarship scheme for the winter school participants

Junior professionals (national administration)

Doctoral or Master student

Junior development consultant (private sector)

Developing countries

Full scholarship + travel ticket

Full scholarship + travel ticket

Partial scholarship

Industrialised countries

No scholarship

Full Scholarship

No scholarship

  • Full scholarship will cover: Seminar fees (including seminar material), meals and accommodation 
  • Partial scholarship will cover: Seminar fees (including seminar material)


Selection criteria:

  • Candidate belongs to one of the three eligible groups
  • Balanced representation between genders (at least 50% females) and countries
  • Motivation note


Topics

The winter school with be conducted over two weeks that will include courses and group work under 5 modules as follows (tentative outline):

  • Module 1: Fundamentals of SCP
    • SCP and sustainable development
    • SCP and poverty eradication
    • The theoretical foundations of SCP (including lifecycle approach)
    • Resource Efficiency
  • Module 2: Specific topics on SCP
    • Resource Efficient, Cleaner and Safer Production and Design for Sustainability (D4S)
    • Sustainable Procurement
    • Social and Environmental Responsible Supply Chains
  • Module 3: The business case for SCP
    • The business case of SCP in the private sector
    • Benefits for national budgets from SCP
    • Greening macro-economics – valuing natural assets
  • Module 4: Mainstreaming SCP in national policies
    • Planning and implementing
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Implementation, monitoring and enforcement
  • Module 5: Beyond SCP - The need for a paradigm shift in economic thinking and development planning 

Module Leaders

Module 1: Prof. Mario Tabucanon and Dr. Stefanos Fotiou
Module 2: Prof. C. Visvanathan and Prof. Anthony Chiu
Module 3: Mr. Paul Gambles and Ms. Ni Huan
Module 4: Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva and Dr. Magnus Bengtson
Module 5: Prof. Steve Keen

Each module will address and use inter alia information and cases on:

  • Trends and challenges of development, including in the area of resource use and quality of life
  • Concepts1 around Resource Efficiency; and their historical and state of the art interpretation
  • Strategies to address issues of (un)sustainable resource use and livelihoods development at the policy level
  • Emerging risks of climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, etc and required system innovations; scenarios of development

1Cleaner and safer production, sustainable consumption, green growth, green economy and industry, sustainable livelihood, corporate social responsibility, etc

Outline of academic programme

Day

09:00-10:30

10:30-12:00

13:00-14:30

15:00-16:30

Sunday 7/12

Arrival of Participants

Registration and welcome reception

Monday 8/12

Introduction and Module 1

Module 1

Module 1

Module 1

Tuesday 9/12

Module 1

Module 1

Module 1

Module 1

Wednesday 10/12

Module 2

Module 2

Module 2

Module 2

Thursday 11/12

Module 2

Module 2

Module 2

Module 2

Friday 12/12

Module 2
Field trip and overnight stay outside Bangkok
- Either agriculture or industry or tourism

Saturday 13/12

Simulation Exercise

Sunday 14/12

Free time

Return

Monday 15/12

Module 3

Module 3

Module 3

Module 3

Tuesday 16/12

Module 3

Module 3

Module 3

Module 3

Wednesday 17/12

Module 4

Module 4

Module 4

Module 4

Thursday 18/12

Module 4

Module 4

Module 4

Module 4

Friday 19/12

Module 5

Module 5

Final Debate

Exam

Goodbye reception

Saturday 20/12

Departure of Participants

 Legend

Lectures’ session

Group work session

Field trip/ Simulation

Wrap-up session

Examination

Social events