The Worldwide University Network’s journalist Ms. Elenor Davey recently interviewed the SITE4Society team members who had coordinated a project on urban sustainability…..
Waste management is a massive problem for many of the world’s fastest growing economies — and #Ghana is no different.
For its 8th event, SITE4Society lead a newly established, international academic team in Accra, to explore, feel and understand the substance of the problem, before proposing some truly innovative and sustainable solutions.
See our post and multimedia from the event 👉🏾 https://bit.ly/32UwBLZ
Our 9th #SITE4Society event at United Nations University-MERIT was a #Sanitation awareness educational quiz to commemorate #WorldToiletDay (November 19th). Participants were quizzed about the interlinkages between health and sanitation. Then, they were challenged to identify the technological, behavioural, organizational and regulatory challenges thwarting the elimination of open defecation in the world, which is the main objective of SDG6 with respect to sanitation. Finally, in good cheer, students and academics at UNU-MERIT learnt to wash their hands following this wonderful dance by Indonesian nurses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wo4Iv52ix0!
The unique feature of this program was that SITE4Society was one of the many teams around the world (Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and India) which had implemented this program developed by Prof. Shyama Ramani of UNU-MERIT and her FIN Trust NGO team. In all, participants around the world must have amounted to nearly 500. More details to come soon.
So why are toilets figuring in SITE4Society?
Why is Prof Ramani wanting to organize a quiz on sanitation in Netherlands – where few would even imagine there are places without toilets? Well, she explains the motivation in this video.
We will be in the company of the following institutes/organisations from Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and India, which will be holding this same event in their country on November 19th.
1. Noojade Services (Ghana)
2. AnC Waste Management Services (Ghana)
3. National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS, India)
4. Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID, India)
5. AnC Waste Management Services (Ghana)
6. Waste Segregation & Composting Movement (Ghana)
7. Aguata LGA WASHCOM Federation (Nigeria)
8. Obuofor Washcom (Nigeria)
9. UMULEKWE COMMUNITY WASHCOM (Nigeria)
10. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (Nigeria)
11. The University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST, Sudan)
Some key highlights of the Multi-stakeholder Forum organised by SITE4Society, published by the Ghana News Agency! 📣🇬🇭
The Multi-stakeholder Forum on ‘‘Transitions towards a Circular Economy: A Cross-National Study of Urban Solid Waste Management’’ organised by SITE4Society on the 17th of October 2019 was a great success!
United Nations University-MERIT was the coordinator of a Worldwide Universities Network Project in partnership with the University of Ghana, University College Dublin, University of York and United Nations University-FLORES
Our multi-stakeholder forum sought to bring insights on co-designed innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments through efficient Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) and value creation from waste.
We would like to especially thank Prof. Dr Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah, Dr Ted Nii Yemoh, Dr. Dan Nukpezah Annang , their students and all staff of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies IESS LEGON of the University of Ghana for hosting the WUN conference as part of their Annual CReWAS conference. We also thank all our speakers, panellists and volunteers for making it such a memorable event! We miss you all already!
Friction or Possitive Interaction- Are the SDGs compatible?
SITE4Society@UNU-MERIT event in the Act For Global Goals – Conference was a success!
First, to set the tone, we started by listening to Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N94eP2jKQWw).
Then, Maria explained the challenges posed by the SDGs – (i) there are a lot of them; (ii) to achieve them you need to use up our planetary resources; and (iii) this will make our global job of capping global warming at 1.5oC even tougher.
Then Shyama explained the gamification of the workshop, which had been designed with Maria and Sanae.
Four teams would each propose possible solutions for climate change and trace their interactions on climate change and the other SDGs so that the synergies and the frictions could be clearly mapped out. They would also create a manifesto of suggestions for: (i) the Maastricht Municipality and (ii) for all of us – to contribute in our own way to tackling climate change.
Finally, we ended with a presentation of slides by Laura Nieboer on the Dutch and Maastricht Vision for transitioning to a circular economy to understand the confidence of the audience in this vision.
So what did our participants come up with? Well, that’s for next week!
Have a great weekend,
P.S. Greta – we’re with you!
SITE4Society on the ACT4SDGs Platform!
The Global Week to #Act4SDGs, 20-30 September, rallies public support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) connecting actions taking place in thousands of cities and communities across the globe while world-leaders gather in New York for five milestone UN Summits.
25,5601 people from 570 cities are joining events and actions organised by 878 action partners in 111 countries!
SITE4Society is part of this SDG action network! Check out our page on the #ACT4SDGs here!
And let the games start! 💥
Maastricht is organizing the Act for Global Goals Day, to celebrate the Sustainable Development Goals! On Wednesday 25 September, multiple activities, workshops, lectures (and more) will take place in and around the city hall, the market square and in local elementary schools of Maastricht. And, SITE4Society will be there, delivering its 7th event, during a morning session in the City Hall of Maastricht!
What’s our workshop going to be on? Well, a number of scholars and policy makers are concerned that the SDGs seem inconsistent with one another. Therefore, there is a need for prioritization according to context. Some SDG targets are clearly complementary, e.g. sustainable food production and ending deforestation but others are not. How are we going to achieve ‘harmony with nature’ while pursuing continued global economic growth?
That’s what our gamers will brain-storm about! 🧩Working in teams, we invite you to develop your own indicators to map and measure (if possible) your routes to parts of the different goals. So come, discuss, learn, make new friends – and become an SDG ambassador! 🏅
Find more information about the Act for Global Goals Day here:https://www.actforglobalgoals.nl/, and don’t forget to register to secure your spot!
Are you game?
Hi! SITE4Society is back after a good summer vacation!
In terms of events, this academic year it’s going to be seriously games, games and games! Why?
Because, to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), often gaining engagement from a variety of economic actors is the most difficult part. The science, technology and innovation necessary to solve a problem might be available – but the engagement might be missing – somewhere or the other.
Gamification is emerging as an interesting process for learning, building motivation and even nudging behavioural change. And to satisfy our curiosity, we are going to test out how academics and students understand the SDGs, and how we can trigger behavioural change in firms, citizens and even public agencies through gamification this year! And of course, resume our publication briefs.
So the question is – are you game?
Challenges of E-waste Management Strategies: A Report from South-East Nigeria 🇳🇬
The fast-growing surplus of waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) around the globe has become a concern as several countries seek ways to discard obsolete electrical and electronic equipment. Because of its functionality, certain categories of e-waste tagged as near end-of-life are stockpiled, when they are not disposed of with regular household wastes. These hazardous leftovers end up getting mixed with regular solid wastes, which are afterwards disposed of in a poorly controlled manner.
Dr Okorhi, from the National Centre for Technology Management, identifies the trends in generation, usage and disposal of e-waste with respect to the Nigerian context and ends up with recommendations on how can e-waste be better managed. Read his publication brief here.
Why do we need to take care of our land?
On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on 17 June, we can ask ourselves, why is taking care of our land so important? Although many answers may seem obvious, this day serves as a good reminder of our responsibility to preserve our lands! 🌳🌎
Watch the short video of our answer to this question here.
What is your perception of sustainability and how do you interpret it in actions in your daily life? How can we make sustainability an ongoing, every day, local and global reality?
Let’s find the answers together, this Saturday 15/06, from 13:30-15:00, during an interactive workshop at the Mass Maas Clean-Up Festival organised by Precious Plastic Maastricht.
It is estimated that in Ghana 🇬🇭, waste produced from plastic packaging amounts to 270 tonnes per day; most of it non-biodegradable. That adds up to over 22,000 tons of plastic every year! What happens to this dead plastic?
Trashy Bags is a social enterprise that makes recycled eco-friendly bags and gifts from plastic trash, giving such dead plastic a new life!
We saw how they actually did it, when they welcomed us to their factory and showroom in Accra, and explained their conception of sustainability.
Watch the video here.
This month, the second version of the “Green Universities Forum” took place in Medellín, Colombia. The event, organized by Universidad EAFIT and the NGO Low Carbon City, with the support of SITE4Society and Eafit Social, showed the potential that lies in academic institutions to facilitate the flourishing of a sustainable society.
Read more about it here.
Squaring up for a circular economy
Our Circular Economy butterfly landed in Bonn, flapped its wings and created a small ‘’typhoon’’ of positive change. The 80+ participants of the 6th SITE4Society event, coming from around the globe, became the carriers of our message to the world.🦋🌍
Read more here.
So pleased to welcome a group of Master’s in Sustainable Business and Innovation of the EADA Business School Barcelona today! They learned about the mission and activities of SITE4Society, as well as a framework to manage sustainability transitions, applied by researchers at United Nations University-MERIT!
Ατ the end, they gave us their ideas on SDG11 (sustainable cities), presenting them in the special PechaKucha format!
SITE4Society crossed the border and travelled to Bonn, joined forces with United Nations University-FLORES and delivered its 6th interactive workshop!
Sanae Okamoto, Maria Tomai and Hiroshan Hettiarachchi shared their expertise on Circular Economy and inspired everyone to be part of the solution.
A big THANK YOU to our enthusiastic participants, as well as to our wonderful volunteers from the #SDGGlobalFest!
♻️ Squaring-up for a circular economy – We made a change happen! 🎉👏
👉More insights from the event to follow soon!
Exploring a novel pathway to help sex offenders change their behaviour: The use of non-invasive brain stimulation
Sexual offenses and child abuse are high in both developed and developing countries, although the prevalence numbers are difficult to estimate due to the fact that sexual offenses are not always reported or registered. From a medical perspective, is there a better way to help individuals seeking help or convicted sexual offenders integrate in society without posing a risk for women and children? This is what Dr. Geraldine Rodríguez Nieto, and her colleagues sought to explore.
To know how and what they found – read on here
Where will the Circular Economy drive Europe and the world?
Prevention is better than cure in the fight against food waste
writes Nicholas M. Holden of University College Dublin, in our latest brief.
Did you know estimates suggest that between 30% and 50% of the food we produce is wasted, or in other words, never eaten? There has been a move towards encouraging innovation to find uses for wasted food, such as nutrient recycling by composting and anaerobic digestion to mitigate the impact of wasting food. Evaluation of the benefit of these actions has tended to focus on managing waste (an ‘end-of-pipe’ solution) rather than helping to create a sustainable food system.
So how is Nick’s research pitching for the latter? Read here to find out…
Squaring-up for a circular economy – Let’s make a change happen!
The 6th SITE4Society event will take place in Bonn, as part of this year’s #SDGglobalFest!
After talking with our Circular Economy champions, in our last event, and getting inspired by their actions, it’s now time to tackle the barriers that prevent us from behaving more sustainably.
Do you know that you are part of the problem – as well as the solution? So how can we make you and everyone else walk the talk to circularity?
To get started, join us in this very interactive workshop, where we will be exchanging ideas on new perspectives, methods and solutions to overcome real challenges being faced in developed and developing countries! Do role-playing as municipalities, firms and citizens to understand the interconnections of the circular economy with all other SDGs!
Learn more about the SDG Global Festival of Action here: https://globalfestivalofaction.org/
… and don’t forget to register, in order to secure your place in the Festival and in our event!
Meet our SDG ambassador, Nathalie
Meet a circular economy champion – Borut
Thank you for inspiring us, Borut!
While saluting all women and girls in Science, we still have some important points to think about and address …..
1. The More the Gender Equality in a country, the Fewer the Women in STEM or in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
2. Women in countries with higher gender inequality pursue STEM professions because they are perceived to be among the quickest and surest paths to financial security………..hmmmmmm……could it be also because in developed countries there is actually more gender stereotyping? What do you think? Why are there so few women in STEM? By own choice or by societal shaping? Why is the percentage of women in STEM higher in developing countries? Let’s hear from you…..and read this article to get the global picture