UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD)
was jointly established by UNEP
University in May 2002.
The objectives of IESD are:
The 2003 Brainstorming meeting in Beijing led to an establishment of an Asia-Pacific Regional University Consortium (RUC) to promote sustainable development education. A Leadership Programme on sustainable development was designed as a collaborative effort of the RUC as a means to provide training for emerging leaders from various backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region.
The first Leadership Programme was successfully convened in Shanghai, during 25-31 July 2004. 35 emerging leaders from 25 countries participated in the Programme.
In the second Leadership Programme, 25 emerging leaders from 15 countries in the region participated in the programme.