The Premier Global Environment and Sustainability Platform
Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), a platform that engages universities globally in responding to the challenges of sustainable development, by supporting innovative and relevant approaches to education, was launched on 5 June, 2012.
The ceremony was hosted by Tongji University at the UN Environment – Tongji Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Shanghai, China. The launch was hosted alongside the 2012 International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development.
GUPES is expected to provide a platform for universities around the world interested in enhancing environment and sustainability concerns through teaching, training and networking. This will enhance universities’ access to relevant sustainability support, information and educational resources while allowing them to substantively contribute in shaping the sustainability agenda for universities globally.
The two day was used to evaluate lessons learnt, challenges and opportunities for GUPES network, agree on a common platform and strategic partnership framework for universities globally on environment and sustainability; and developed strategic frameworks for resource mobilization for GUPES programmes, projects and activities.