Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Working with the UN on Environmental Sustainability in Africa

19.03.2015

Graham AllenA highly respected member of staff from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been invited to work with the UN on Environmental Sustainability in Africa.

Graham Allen, Environmental Manager at the University, will provide consultancy to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the capacity of ‘Business Linkages Senior Technical Advisor’.

Graham came to the attention of the UN following a visit to the UWTSD by Fiorina Mugione, United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, during her 3 month sabbatical in 2013, where she spent time with the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) under the directorship of Professor Andy Penaluna. Fiorina recently chose UWTSD to support the UN’s Empretec programme, which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

When interviewed in Swansea recently Fiorina said: “UWTSD in Swansea has developed exciting initiatives and brought to light new kinds of thinking that advance both entrepreneurship policies and economic development strategies worldwide. The engaged and committed leadership, of the University, together with the new Institute will have a powerful multiplier effect across the world.”

Graham will be delivering expert evaluation on Environmental Management and Environmental Impact Assessment of innovative construction technologies being considered for affordable housing as part of the UN Zambia Green Jobs Programme. The project is aimed at promoting more and better jobs for inclusive and sustainable growth in Zambia. It is expected to create 5,000 new green jobs by 2017 and improve the quality of 2,000 existing jobs. The five-year programme will support to strengthen enterprise competitiveness and promote sustainable business among the building construction value chain in Zambia. The programme will also help enhance productivity and working conditions as well as deepen and extend social protection floors.

Graham Allen said:

“It has been a humbling experience and a wonderful opportunity to contribute to this international programme which will make a real difference to those at the base of the pyramid in society who, in many cases, are deprived of the basic human needs of food and shelter and sustainable employment. Some of the work has involved the preparation of Training Materials for SME’s for Environmental Management of Construction and also looking at how to promote Positive mind-sets towards increasing demand for green building principles and business practices for new and retrofitted houses (Energy, Water, Local materials, Waste recycling).

This work as external consultant to UNCATD has provided an invaluable forum to espouse the international outlook of the University, its commitment to sustainability and its open-minded approach to the sharing and exchange of knowledge for the benefit of the University and the wider global community.

In connection with my on-going thesis on alternative currency, invitation has been extended to further explore collaboration with UNCTAD, particularly in the area of financial innovation and how this can link to the promotion of entrepreneurship in developing countries not just on the African continent, but also much closer to home in Wales.”

Further Information

Sara Jones
PR and Communications Officer
07449 998 478
sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk