UNEP Launches First MOOC on Marine Litter

October 24, 2015

Did you know that coastal countries produced 2.5 billion tons of waste in 2010, of which 275 million tons was plastic, the most abundant type of marine litter? 

UNEP is launching the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on marine litter to raise awareness against marine litter and promote solutions to plastic pollution in our oceans.

The MOOC is offered in collaboration with the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands and incorporates case studies that will inspire leadership at all levels.

ISEPEI Showcased at Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi

October 9, 2015

At the recent Eye on Earth Summit (October 6-8 in Abu Dhabi), the ISEPEI Project, directed by CEU’s Viktor Lagutov was showcased in several sessions. Project Director Viktor Lagutov and Project Manager Emily Nilson were at the Summit representing ISEPEI, a project that came about as a result of the inaugural Eye on Earth Summit in 2011, where it was selected among several other notable project proposals for funding.

Dr. Lagutov Leads Water Security Session and Panel at Eye on Earth Summit

October 8, 2015

From October 6-8, 2015, over 650 delegates convened at the second Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi. The Summit, focused on informed decision-making for sustainable development, aimed to stimulate international action to revolutionize how we collect, access, share, and use data and information to make real, tangible changes in the world. 

ISEPEI Celebrates Launch of Online Training Manual

October 7, 2015

After several months of preparation, development of partnerships, and collection of case studies, ISEPEI is excited to report the launch of the “ICTs for Water Security” training manual online at The training manual was launched last week at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi ( during a side event led by UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).

Emily Nilson Contributes to UNEP GUPES Side Event at Eye on Earth Summit

October 7, 2015

At the second Eye on Earth Summit, held from October 6-8, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, over 650 delegates representing governments, international organizations, private sector entities, civil society, and academia convened to elicit international action to improve data for sustainable development.

Video Release: The ISEPEI Project

October 5, 2015

ISEPEI is proud to announce the release of its first video, produced by CEU. The video was filmed during ISEPEI’s 2015 ICT training events, “Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security” with support from UNEP and UNOOSA, and “Innovations in Disaster Risk Management” in joint cooperation with UNDP. 

The video was showcased at the Special Initiative booths at the Eye on Earth Summit.

Lorant Czaran of UNOOSA Gives ISEPEI Public Broadcast

September 29, 2015

As part of ISEPEI's latest activities, Lorant Czaran of UNOOSA delivered a presentation on "Space Technologies and SDGs" at Central European University in Budapest. His presentation is available at: ISEPEI will be broadcasting a series of lectures by Eye on Earth members which will be made available for the public, Central European University students and faculty, and Eye on Earth communities through the ISEPEI website. See details of the first broadcast below.

ISEPEI Contributes to Arab States Green University Network Meeting in Jordan

September 15, 2015

Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Taher Shakhshir, the Jordanian Minister of Environmnet, UNEP, in partnership with the Arabic Universities Union, is conducting an Arab States Green University Network (ASGUN) consultative stakeholder dialogue in Amman, Jordan from 15-16 September 2015. The meeting was opened this morning by H.E. Dr. Taher Shakhashir and Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Director and Regional Representative for UNEP Regional Office of West Asia (UNEP ROWA).

ISEPEI and UNDP Run Joint ICTs for DRR Workshop

July 16, 2015

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) professionals from all over the world have gathered at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest this week for a joint ISEPEI and UNDP "Innovations in Disaster Risk Management" workshop. Rastislav Vrbensky, the Director of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS opened the workshop on Monday July 13th along with Margaret Bolter of CEU and course directors Viktor Lagutov (CEU) and Armen Grigoryan (UNDP).

Water Professionals Convene at CEU for "Bridging ICTs and Environment" Course

July 6, 2015

Thirty-three water practitioners, academics, and decision-makers from 20 countries including Iran, Jamaica, Nigeria, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Nepal, and beyond are convening at CEU in Budapest for the ISEPEI "Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security" workshop this week, July 6-10.