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WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT UNIVERSITIES (WSSD-U-2014)

Qatar, 28-30 January 2014

/// BACKGROUND

The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as “Rio+20”, was a historical event. Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, this landmark gathering agreed on various sets of actions to make the world a better and more sustainable place to live in. In particular, the document “The Future We Want”, outlined many of the measures countries across the world should pursue and implement, in order to translate the principles of sustainable development into practice.

As a parallel event to UNCSD, the 1st World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) was held on 5-6 June 2012. Attended by 120 delegates from 26 countries, WSSD-U-2012 produced, among other things, the book „Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons“, as Volume 34 of the series „Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability“. This ground-breaking publication on the theory and practice of sustainable development, is one of the most comprehensive publications on sustainability at universities ever produced, focusing on both industrialised and developing nations. But if anything, WSSD-U-2012 demonstrated the need for a continuation of the dialogue among sustainability academics and practitioners, so as to address the issues, matters and problems at hand.
It is against this background that the “2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at
Universities” (WSSD-U-2014) will be organised by Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation, and the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, under the auspices of the RCE Hamburg and Region.

More: http://www.haw-hamburg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/FakLS/07Forschung/FTZ-ALS/Veranstaltungen/WSSD/1st.Call.WSSDU-2014.may2013.public.pdf
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