In line with its thematic focus on urban development, the SDSN Philippines is organizing an “Ideas Fair” that will take place in 2017. The fair will showcase innovative technology solutions being developed by the SDSN Philippines member universities, including the Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University Manila, the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Los Banos campuses, the Visayas State University, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Far Eastern University and the Mapua Institute of Technology, among others. The solutions will focus on specific areas of SDG 11, including green architecture, water sustainability, energy sustainability, sustainable mobility, urban farming, waste management, housing and other urban development concerns. It aims at applying the global sustainability agenda to the Asian context, as well as fostering knowledge exchange and outreach among the networks member institutions and beyond. The different member universities of the Filipino network got divided into working groups that are joining forces with regards to different development challenges:
- The working group on water sustainability is based at the Ateneo de Manila University. It has been in dialogue with representatives of the Water Alliance, a private-sector led initiative which has been organized to address issues and solutions to looming water supply problems in the country. Initial discussions have been undertaken to develop a framework to provide water solutions to cities in Mindanao, the southernmost island region in the country.
- The working group on urban farming and sustainable agriculture has been assessing some of the innovations that have been developed at the University of the Philippines
Los Banos, the country’s premier agriculture education institution, for possible adoption by private sector groups and non-government organizations.
- The working group on waste management is being handled by focal persons from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. It has focused its efforts on compiling the best waste management practices by different education institutions in order to disseminate these to interested groups.
The SDSN Philippines Leadership Council is tracking the progress of these working groups in a periodic manner, ensuring that gaps in different policy areas are being identified and the corresponding innovations and solutions are documented for their presentation at the “Ideas Fair” in 2017.