SDGs associated

Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA)


The Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) programme was initiated in 2004 through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Association of Universities (AAU), in partnership a number of other global and regional organisations and universities. Since its establishment, MESA network has expanded in scope and size. 

Main activities

Capacity building for university staff is an important feature of the programme, and training programmes exist that connect faculty in Africa with faculty in Asia and in other parts of the world. MESA wants to expand international exchange opportunities and access to the latest knowledge resources and policy developments on environment and sustainability through networking and training


  • 100 different curriculum and campus innovations created.
  • Skills development and entrepreneurship opportunities for hundreds of prisoners and youth provided
  • Various training programmes over 300 alumni associated with MESA.
  • UNEP has turned the programme to a global initiative named the Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) 



Latest update: 31.10.2023