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Building a Green Society ? The Role of Education, Science, Culture and Communication
25 Nov 2011 - 25 Nov 2011
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


This event is a collaborative efforts of the CONNECT Asia initiative which was established in 2009. CONNECT-Asia (COllaboration for Network-eNabled Education, Culture, Technology and science) was created in June 2009 that consists of national education research ICT networks (NREN) in Asia and beyond such as INHERENT (Indonesia) with 365 universities and research institutions, MYREN (Malaysia) 49 institutions, PREGINET (Philippines) 168 institutions, UNINET (Thailand) with 240 institutions, LEARN (Sri Lanka) with 30 institutions, SOI Asia (Japan) 28 universities and TEIN3 (Europe) delivering connection from GEANT in Europe for 45 million users in the region.

UNESCO Jakarta Office started working with CONNECT-Asia and launched the first e-learning programme for ?Mobilizing Science Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Asia through Information and Communication Technology? in 2007, promoting the development of e-learning course materials in topics relevant to sustainable development, such as Energy, Water Resources Management and Climate Change, HIV-AIDS. Since 2007, 15 Courses and 120 sessions were broadcast, and 1550 students in 30 countries have received the courses.

We work to create an effective and flexible mechanism for using ICT-mediated educational systems and network-enabled teaching and learning methods. This is aimed at broadening and enhancing people?s access to knowledge and information, sharing expertise and experience, improving connectivity among educators and researchers, opening up national/regional education and research communities to the international arena, and further developing human resources. CONNECT (, as a group of national, sub-regional, and regional ICT networks, actively contributes to the improvement of education and research in Asia and the Pacific.

The topic for the seminar, Building a Green Society, will provide insights from Education, Culture, Science, and Communication sectors. This activity expects to ignite collaboration and cooperation among the participating parties on the sustainable development while also sharing their own ideas, and initiate the preparatory discussion in the region for Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.

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