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MEdIES news and announcements, October 2012

Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends: Report from Global Footpring Network released 01/10/2012

Growing demands on the Mediterranean region's ecosystems threaten the foundation of its social and economic well-being, the international think tank Global Footprint Network reports in a two-year study whose findings will be released at an international conference in Venice on October 1st 2012.

Global Footprint Network' s report, Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends, show an ever widening ecological deficit. Between 1961 and 2008, the most recent year data were available, growing population and consumption trends tripled the region' s demand for renewable resources and ecological services. By 2008, the region' s Ecological Footprint—the demand on Earth' s bioproductive land and sea areas—exceeded local available ecological assets by more than 150 percent.

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Follow up to Rio+20: Launch of Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Rio+20, the recent large UN conference ushers in a new era for implementing sustainable development (SD). The Conference gave the opportunity for the world to focus on sustainability issues - to examine ideas, forge partnerships and solutions.

In the follow-up to Rio+20, many websites and initiatives have been launched; amongst them the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP), available at

Find this and other interesting webpages here


"Education First" Initiative, launched by UNESCO , 26/09/2012

UNESCO D.G. Irina Bokova welcomed the launch of a major new campaign to put every child in school by 2015 as an “historic call to action" and pledged the Organisaion's full support to make it succeed.

“Education First” seeks to mobilize all partners –traditional and new- to put education on top of the development agenda. The initiative will target three priorities: promoting better equity in access; improving the quality of learning; and promoting global citizenship.

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Shaping the Education of Tomorrow: UNESCO 2nd Global Monitoring Report of the Decade on ESD

The full-length UNESCO report on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD, 2005-2014) entitled Shaping the Education of Tomorrow has been released in July 2012. The report, focusing on processes and learning in ESD, is a key component of Phase II of the Global Monitoring of the Decade.

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5th BUP Rectors Conference

Åbo Akademi University 100 years

The 5th BUP Rectors Conference will be held in Turku the 24 - 26 January 2018. For further information and also the registration form please see the Rectors Conference web site.

The conference is a part of the 100 year celebrations at Åbo Akademi University.

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