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Last night Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said that 'other countries were investing strategically in science “for the long haul”, and Australia needed to catch up.'
Professor Chubb said he will release his proposal for a national science strategy in Canberra on 2 September, with recommendations for improving competitiveness, education and training, research, and international engagement. "We must ensure that we bequeath a planet that can sustain the coming generations"... more
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Through competitive selection IES Director Prof Graciela Metternicht joins the membership of 20 eminent scientists in the Science Policy Interface (SPI) established by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This group of scientists and 3 observers (NGO and other UN agencies) first met in June to facilitate the two way science policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy-relevant information,knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD). Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, are identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development. READ MORE
The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES), is one of the flagship programmes of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU). To date, over 400 Universities are part of the GUPES network, whereby specific initiatives on education (curricula, campus operations), training and networking are ongoing. Mahesh PRADHAN, Chief of the Environmental Education and Training Unit from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi is visiting the UNSW to promote this UN initiative.
It’s time to GROW: addressing the broken food system: We grow enough to feed everyone-but injustices in how the world produces, distributes, prepares and consumes food means one in eight people go hungry every day. Debbie Hunt will talk about these key pillars of the GROW Campaign and the ways in which communities are increasingly food insecure due to climate change and she will outline what Oxfam Australia is doing to advance these issues within the Australian political context. See PDF
See the GROW campaign launch in Sydney YouTube