SESAM joins Asian countries in NCU’s 1st SDG Impact Week

The School of Environmental Science and Management of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (SESAM-UPLB) joined the 1st Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Impact Week of the National Central University in Taoyuan, Taiwan on 11 to 15 December 2023 with 9 participating Asian countries. 

Comprised of two major events- the 2023 Impact Measurement and Management Workshop and the 2023 Asian Forum on Sustainability Leadership and Impact Management- the SDG Impact Week convened delegates from Taiwan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines for discussions and collaborations on activities and projects with meaningful impacts significant to achieving the 17 SDGs. 

Experts and practitioners from Asian countries discussed the theoretical foundations and practical applications of frameworks, tools, and methods in the assessment, measurement, and management of the impacts of social enterprises implemented in various sectors, such as private, public, academe, and non-profit organizations. With lectures, dialogues, roundtables, panel discussions, and other discussion sessions, the event not only served as a learning avenue but also paved the way for networking and initiating collaborations among the international delegates, organizers, and resource persons. 

The Philippine delegation from SESAM led by the Dean, Dr. Rico C. Ancog, composed of Dr. Jessica Villanueva-Peyraube, Associate Professor; Mr. Eduardo F. Roquiño, Assistant Professor; For. Sofia A. Alaira, University Researcher II; and Cherry S. Padilla, University Researcher I.  Commencing this January 2024, they will co-develop teaching, research, and training designs to be implemented by the different committees constituted during the workshop aimed to forward sustainability agenda and equitable future. Assistant Professor Roquiño was then elected as the Coordinator for the Teaching Committee and Dr. Rico C. Ancog for the Research Committee. 

The SDG Impact Week was organized by the Asian Institute for Impact Measurement and Management (AIIMM) and the National Central University’s School of Management and Business Administration with sponsorship from the National Science and Technology Council of Taiwan. Aligned with the mandates of SESAM, AIIMM is a civic and social organization pioneering in impact measurement and management that benefit the industry, government, and academia with thrusts relevant to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainable development. (Cherry S. Padilla and Sofia A. Alaira)