17.2 Relationships to support the goals
AIT have direct involvement in, or input into, national government or regional non-government organisations, SDG policy development – including identifying problems and challenges, developing policies and strategies, modelling likely futures with and without interventions, monitoring and reporting on interventions, and enabling adaptive management.
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AIT faculty members Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal, Prof. P. Abdul Salam, and Prof. Joyashree Roy attended COP 27, the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 6th – 18th November 2022. The Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP) is one of the largest global meetings of leaders, scientists, and experts to discuss and agree on policies to limit global temperature rises and adapt to the impacts associated with climate change. The conference has been held annually since the first UN Climate Agreement in 1992.
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, signed an agreement with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to become a Regional Support Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) programme.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to raise awareness and enhance knowledge on the SDGs and their status in Thailand among the Thai public through research studies, publications, and seminars.
The MoU will encourage the two bodies to cooperate not only on exchanging knowledge and expertise on sustainable development and the implementation of the SDGs, but also on jointly identifying innovative solutions to address development challenges and engaging in programmatic interventions to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and other national development goals.
The fourth edition of the Youth Energy Academy in Asia was held from 10 – 16 October 2022 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. The programme convened 24 youth from seven countries in south and southeast Asia to equip them with skills to design and implement sustainable energy projects at the community level.
The seven-day intensive programme combined morning theory sessions including presentations and design thinking exercises, with practical afternoon sessions including tutorials and hands on do-it-together workshops to design and build simple solar and electronic systems. Site visits in the vicinities of AIT allowed participants to learn about renewable energy applications and interact with practitioners.
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17.3 Publication of SDG reports
17.4 Education for the SDGs
To offer a generalist master’s program based on an interdisciplinary approach to international sustainable development. The aim is to build upon shared expertise in the Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS) and offering an academic program that has a broader scope than current academic offerings, which are very specialized. A broader and less specialized program will be especially attractive to institutions looking for managers with a broad knowledge of development issues, and candidates who may not want to narrow their academic and research skills but rather get a broader understanding of development issues in the region.
The program also responds to the needs for capacity building regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asian region and beyond in ways these other programs do not since the concept of sustainability calls for expertise in both the environmental and social dimensions of long-term development.
The Office of Sustainable Campus (OSC) organized the “AIT SDG Research Fair” on 2 Dec, 2022.
The fair was organized to raise awareness of Sustainable Development Goals as an educational activity reaching out to the broader community, which included AIT faculty, students, alumni, and the local community. The event showcased the research of AIT students and researchers in line with the SDGs and encouraged everyone to pursue further research to contribute to achieving the goals. It aimed at promoting thought, knowledge, and understanding of the SDGs and motivating the AIT community to become agents of change in their field of expertise.