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RCE E-Bulletin 47: May 2015

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Issue 47: May 2015

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

Warm greetings from UNU-IAS! During the course of this month, we have received many reports on the interesting activities by different RCEs around the world.

On 23 May, RCE Tongyeong opened the Sejahtera Centre, a large education centre with an eco-park that serves as the hub for creating collaborative projects among RCEs. Many RCEs from Asia-Pacific attended the opening ceremony and discussed the role of the Centre. RCE Penang organized a webinar on whole-school strategies and approaches to ESD offered by the director and founder of Systainability Asia, Mr. Robert D. Steele. The next webinar will be offered on 6 August on faith-based education for sustainable development. The recordings are planned to be posted on the RCE Penang’s website. Feel free to browse their website, where further information related to these webinars will be posted soon.

We would also like to remind you again about the process of submitting RCE applications this year. Organisations interested in becoming an RCE are requested to submit an application and an application summary to the Global RCE Service Centre: rceservicecentre@unu.edu, by Tuesday, 30 June 2015.The Global RCE Service Centre will communicate with the applicants during the following months, so that applications can be developed in time for the Ubuntu Committee Meeting in the last quarter of this year. Please visit the RCE Portal for more information.

 

Sincerely,

Global RCE Service Centre

 
 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS
 

Apply now for the ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS)

“Sustainable Energy for Transforming Lives: Availability, Accessibility, Affordability”

5-16 October 2015

Delhi, India

The 2015 YRS will be hosted by TERI University from 5 to 16 October 2015. The YRS provides graduate students with an opportunity to better understand the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. Along with a series of lectures, field trips and group work, participants will be introduced to sustainability challenges faced by local communities and the innovative approaches that can be used to address them. Applications are open for PhD students from ProSPER.Net member universities. For further details of the programme and application form, please visit the website. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2015.

Events organized by RCE members
 

RCE Conference of the Americas

9-12 August 2015

Grand Rapids, USA

RCE Conference of the Americas will be held at Grand Rapids from 9-12 August hosted by RCE Grand Rapids. Please mark your calendar so that RCE members in the Americas can attend the conference!

At the conference, participants can take part in excursions to compelling sites such as the Frederik Meijer Gardens, the Medical Mile, a downtown market, and a beautiful lakeshore. Informative lectures will be held at downtown locations such as the DeVos Place, KCAD, and Seidman. In between lectures, lunches and dinners will be held at scenic sites such as the Public Museum, East Hills, the GRAM, Grid70, and Grand Haven. You can visit the conference website for more information.

Other Events
 

Workshop: Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios

2-4 September 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

UNESCO Bangkok and the Department of Lifelong Education of the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University will organize a workshop, “Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios”. The core objective of the workshop is to strengthen the foresight/anticipatory thinking capacity in the region in order to promote the rethinking and transformation of education towards sustainable development. The workshop is targeted to practitioners in community-based learning and non-formal education from the Asia-Pacific region. Selected participants will be involved in collaborative activities that will enable them to construct and explore future possibilities for community-based learning and non-formal education. Through these activities, the workshop aims to generate new ideas and perspectives that could set the foundation of future actions on education for sustainable development.

The workshop is free of charge. For participants coming from outside of Bangkok, an economy return air ticket, meals and accommodation during the workshop period will be provided by UNESCO Bangkok. For more information, please visit the workshop webpage. Applications must be submitted to sd.bgk@unesco.org not later than 4 June 2015 (Bangkok time).

 

Open Calls

 

Call for the Coordinating Committee for the Asia-Pacific region - Deadline extended until 19 June

The Coordinating Committee is to take over the role of current Organizing Committee serving the Asia-Pacific RCE community in facilitating inter-RCEs communication and collaboration. The new general guidelines for Organizing Asia-Pacific RCE Meetings as well as for the Asia-Pacific RCEs Coordinating Committee have been formulated based on the discussions at the 8th RCE Asia-Pacific Meeting in March 2014.

For those who are interested in becoming part of the coordinating committee for the Asia-Pacific region, please contact the Global RCE Service Centre by 19 June 2015. The revised guidelines for the coordinating committee are available here and the guidelines for the meeting organizer here.

Apply now for the 2015 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme- Gentle Reminder

The third ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme will be held in Sabah, Malaysia from 23 to 29 August 2015 under the theme of “Transformational Leadership in Implementing and Assessing Sustainability Projects”. This year’s programme will be jointly organized by ProSPER.Net and the Higher Education Leadership Academy of the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS).

The Leadership Programme provides opportunities for participants to develop inter-disciplinary skills to lead sustainable development initiatives appropriate to local, regional or global contexts. Participants will go through a unique experience that will assist them in leading efforts towards developing work with a clearer vision and understanding regarding diverse perspectives, focusing on collaborative efforts, leveraging networks and involving multiple stakeholders. Applications are being accepted until 14 June 2015. Application form and tentative programme are available on ProSPER.Net website.

IPBES Call for Contributions - Indigenous and Local Knowledge for Regional Assessments of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is conducting assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These assessments are to be based on, in addition to scientific knowledge, the knowledge, practices, observations and understandings of indigenous peoples and local communities. An important aspect of the assessment is to deal with interrelationships between biological diversity and society, including nature’s benefits to people, as well as human well-being. They focus on changes that affect food, water, energy, livelihoods and health. They also consider the importance of biodiversity for social relationships, spirituality and cultural identity, and address issues of equity, including inter- and intra-generational equity.

Fellows will attend two author meetings and receive training to gain an in-depth understanding of the IPBES assessment processes. Fellows from developing countries and countries with economies in transition will receive support to attend these two meetings, in accordance with UN rules.

If your community has relevant indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) to contribute, or if you know of projects or publications on ILK and biodiversity, its benefits for and relationships with local communities and indigenous peoples, then please submit your information by 15 June 2015 for Africa region, 29 June 2015 for the Europe and Central Asia region, and 15 July 2015 for the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. For more information please visit the website.

2015 International Master’s Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

United Nations Environmental Programme - Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (UNEP-IESD) has implemented the International Master’s Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development since 2006. Application is now opened for the 2015 programme.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to broaden their academic and research experience. IESD offers courses on fundamentals of environmental science and technology, and courses on planning, management and development as well. The academic programme is flexible to a large extent, tailored to the educational goals of the individual student emphasizing problem-oriented learning, field-based learning, and systems approach to sustainability and interdisciplinary study.

Senior officers working in the government sectors, universities and institutions of environment-related fields in the developing countries are highly encouraged to apply. Scholarships are provided by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China to cover tuition and local expenses.

For further details, please visit the programme website. If you are interested in applying for this program, please send your resume to Mrs. SHEN Jiaqi.

 

Latest News

 

RCE Bohol provided skills and professional development training with island locals

RCE Bohol, in collaboration with Bohol Island State University (BISU) and the Department of Education, Bohol Division, has just concluded its three waves of Skills and Professional Development Training for teachers and local residents of the island Barangay of Banacon on 4-5 May 2015. The event culminated in the afternoon of the 2nd day, when participants were given their certificate of participation by trainers and members of the Barangay council. The Skills and Professional Development Training in Banacon offered the medical and dental outreach activities and some 25 school children and 33 adults and children have benefited in the circumcision and tooth extraction respectively. A detailed report can be found on the RCE Portal.

 

West Michigan Community Sustainability Partnerships Ignite

The Community Sustainability Partnerships of West Michigan in the United States, which include Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Spring Lake/ Grand Haven, Holland, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor/ St. Joseph, gave a talk in a TEDx style on 18 May 2015. There were 15 speakers on sustainability topics from various sectors, from academic to private, which shared their best practices and ideas. RCE Grand Rapids made a presentation as well. The event was recorded. The video can be watched here.

RCE Espoo’s digital learning tool: Sustainable well-being - Chance to live as unique and happy now and in the future

RCE Espoo developed a digital learning tool with drama instructions, videos, and tips for sustainable lifestyles that can be applied for early childhood education. The idea behind this tool was to create a sustainable society by solving problems educated citizens face in their daily lives. It also aims to ensure that more people have the opportunity to live a unique, participatory and happy life. For more information, please visit the website.

Media and Other Articles

 

CBC News: Canada sets carbon emissions reduction target of 30% by 2030

UN News Centre: New UN report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015

UN News Centre: Sustainable Energy for All 2015 – 'Converting commitments to kilowatts'

UN News Centre: INTERVIEW: UN adviser stresses 2015 critical to setting world on safer, more prosperous path

World Economic Forum: How can we finance the new sustainable development goals?

World Economic Forum: The Human Capital Report 2015

These and many more articles can be found on the RCE Portal. For instantaneous news, please sign up for our RSS Feed!

 

Publications

 

Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems- Espoo Innovation Garden

Dr. Kim Smith of RCE Greater Portland, Ms. Anna Maaria Nuutinen of RCE Espoo, and Dr. Charles Hopkins, an RCE Advisor for the Americas contributed an article to the book “Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems- Espoo Innovation Garden”. The article, “The Promises of RCEs: Collaborative Models for Innovation, Sustainability, and Well-Being”, explores how self-interest can be combined with greater awareness, higher purpose, and wisdom through cultural paradigms shifts and collaborative models, based in ESD. Specific case studies of RCE Espoo and RCE Greater Portland are introduced to demonstrate the potential for increasing collective impacts for a more sustainable future. An article can be downloaded from here (PP 103-120).

Policy Paper from the EFA Global Monitoring Report

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE), which helps track inequalities in education across countries, released a new policy paper titled “Education 2030: Equity and quality with a lifelong learning perspective” on the occasion of the World Education Forum at Incheon, Korea. The paper points out the important role of education in achieving most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 including gender equality, healthy families, reducing poverty and sustainable consumption. It says if we do not make substantial progress on the proposed targets of SDG 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all,” the broad vision of sustainable development will not be achieved. The policy paper can be downloaded here, and EFA Global Monitoring Report here.

 

This is a publication of UNU-IAS RCE Global Service Centre.

If you wish to contribute to the monthly bulletin or have news, upcoming events, or publications, you would like to share, please use this form. You can mail it to the Global RCE Service Centre: rceservicecentre@unu.edu. Submissions must be made by the 15th of every month. In addition, we encourage you to continue using the RCE Portal to exchange ideas, share expertise and resources and deliberate emerging sustainability issues towards ESD implementation at a global level.

Please send your comments, suggestions and materials to rceservicecentre@unu.edu.

RCE Facilitation Group (RFG) Meeting

2015-06-24 10:00

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

Based on the results of the Doodle poll, the next RCE Facilitation Group meeting will be Wednesday, June 24, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The physical meeting will take place at Luther College at the University of Regina in room 207 but Skype will also be available. As mentioned in the previous email, important items to discuss will include follow-up from the RCE ESD Recognition Event on May 6 (and side events) along with exciting news about next year's event, updates from our partners, working groups, and flagship projects, and further details about the 4th RCE Conference of the Americas in Grand Rapids from August 9-12, 2015 (we will gather ideas to feed into this event). We will also have an opportunity to discuss initiating a possible MOU among our Post Secondary Education partners as follow-up to our May event.

Please feel free to provide any items you would like on the agenda by June 17, if at all possible, to Lyle and me. If you plan to participate via Skype, please inform us and send along your skype contact details.

All the best,

Roger Petry and Lyle Benko,
Co-coordinators, RCE Saskatchewan

RCE Facilitation Group (RFG) Meeting

2015-03-09 15:30
2015-03-09 17:00

RCE E-Bulletin: Issue 43 (January 2015)

Issue 43: January 2015

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

Dear colleagues and friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

Last November, the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (WCESD) concluded the UN Decade of ESD (DESD) with great success and launched the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. Thanks to your active participation, we made a significant contribution to the success of the WCESD through the 9th Global RCE Conference, which was organized in Okayama, Japan as part of the official stakeholders’ meetings. I am happy to inform you that the GAP was adopted at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly as the follow-up to the DESD in December 2014. UNU-IAS and the global RCE network are committed to implementing the GAP’s five priority areas, and in this regard, I seek your continued support and cooperation.

It is also my great pleasure to share with you that, as a result of the 9th Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs, which was held on 3–4 November 2014, the global RCE network now comprises 135 RCEs. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome six new RCEs, namely, Central Kenya, Mount Kenya, Central Semenanjung (Malaysia), Iskandar (Malaysia), Black Forest (Germany) and Greater Western Paris.

The GAP is intended to be a concrete, tangible contribution to the post-2015 development agenda. In July 2014, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) submitted its report. to the UN General Assembly and proposed 17 goals and accompanying targets, in which the role of ESD is clearly identified. Under the new strategic direction of UNU-IAS, we are expected to further advance ESD through the global RCE network, while making more substantial contributions to high-level policymaking and debates in the international community, in particular within the UN system.

Keeping all of this in mind, I would like to emphasize that UNU-IAS is committed to continuing its support for ESD activities. In doing so, we will undertake an internal review of the ESD programme over the next couple of months, which will include reviewing the function and operation of the Global RCE Service Centre, and identify priority activities and research projects to be implemented by the Global RCE Service Centre. Based on the result of the review, the work plan for 2015 will be developed by mid-year. For the meantime, we will have to place on hold some events organized by UNU-IAS, except for those events to which we have already committed. A series of events for 2015 will be further determined and announced in the work plan.

That said, any event led by an RCE, and/or multiple RCEs collaboratively, can be arranged as planned. I encourage you to keep the Global RCE Service Centre informed of any activities and make the best use of the RCE Portal for active discussions and collaboration, since the RCE Portal will continue to be fully operational, even during the internal review period. With regard to the acknowledgement of new RCEs, we will resume the application procedures for 2015 as soon as the work plan is put in place.

As we enter 2015, I wish you all a successful year and look forward to our further collaboration.

 

Sincerely,

Kazu Takemoto

Director, Global RCE Service Centre

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS
 

8th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

5-8 March 2015

Cebu and Bohol, Philippines

The 8th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting (AP RCE Meeting) will be organized in Cebu and Bohol, Philippines from 5-8 March 2015 in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (ICERD). This AP RCE Meeting will be a joint collaboration of RCE Cebu, RCE Bohol and RCE Greater Phnom Penh with the support of UNU-IAS.

 

Registration is now open. If you wish to attend the meeting, please download a registration form from the RCE Portal and send it by 30 January 2015 (Friday) to: RCE Cebu, to RCE Bohol and to the Global RCE Service Centre.

Case presentations of the AP RCE members will be held at ICERD on 7 March. If you are interested in making a case presentation at ICERD, please submit your abstract by sending the form to RCE Cebu, RCE Bohol and the Global RCE Service Centre by 30 January 2015 (Friday).

For those who will apply for financial support, please read the instructions included in the registration form. Please note that our financial support will be provided for selected RCE representatives only, who are willing to make a case presentation at ICERD. A visa support request form can also be downloaded here.

A meeting programme will be shared among AP RCE members in due course. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Global RCE Service Centre at any time.

Events organized by RCE members
 

RCE Hamburg: 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions

9-11 September 2015

Hamburg, Germany

The Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, under the auspices of the RCE Hamburg and Region, is organizing the 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development. Thematically, the event will focus on (but is not limited to) education for sustainable development initiatives surrounding themes such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable water management and use, sustainable transport and climate change.

 

The aims of the event are to provide European organizations with an opportunity to display and present their work (i.e. research, activities, practical projects) as they relate to education for, with and about the environment with a focus on initiatives being undertaken at a local, i.e. at the city or regional level; to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, from successful initiatives and good practice; to discuss methodological approaches and projects which the aim to better integrate the work of the various actors in the field of sustainable development and finally to introduce the European RCEs and discuss their activities at the local and regional levels.

Participation is free of charge. The RCE Hamburg and Region are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg next year. For more information please visit the event’s website or go to the RCE Portal.

Other Events
 

Pathways to Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Small Island Developing States

UNEP – Environmental Education and Training Unit

26 January – 28 February 2015

Massive Online Open Course

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides an overview of climate change adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a focus on the environmental perspective. It will present the key concepts regarding the issues of adaptation to climate change and the methodological tools needed to analyse challenges faced by SIDS, in order to propose sustainable solutions.

The course looks at how each country can assess its specific vulnerabilities to climate change, and the tools available for protecting the well-being, economy, and environment of its citizens.

At the end of this course launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in collaboration with the National Adaptation Planning Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), participants will be able to: explain why countries will have to adapt to climate change and provide examples of what this could look like; explain why Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change; outline how to analyse climate risks and discuss why some countries are more vulnerable than others; and finally discuss how adaptation can contribute to sustainable development goals. For more information please visit the course’s website.

15th International Conference on “Science and Technology for Culture”

Science Council of Asia

15-16 May 2015

Siemreap City, Cambodia

In a Cambodian ancient town Siem Reap, where the world heritage such as Angkor Wat is located, the Science Council of Asia, an international organization joined by Asian Academies, will hold its 15th annual international conference with the theme of “Science and Technology for Culture” focusing on (1) Contribution of S & T to Culture Preservation, (2) Resilience of Culture in Changing Global Climate, (3) Application of Anthropology, Humanity and Green Economics towards tourism with sustainable development.

For more information on the event please go to the conference website or visit the Science Council of Asia’s homepage.

Latest News

 

First UN Winter School on SCP held in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific was held successfully on 8-19 December 2014 at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand. It was a joint effort of UNEP and UNU-IAS in collaboration with the Switch Asia Programme and the 10-YFP on SCP. Three Thailand-based members of ProSPER.net (a UNU-IAS higher education network in Asia-Pacific) were involved, namely Asian Institute of Technology, Chulalongkorn University and Prince of Songkla University.

There were 33 participants from 15 countries, of whom 21 were women. The objective of the Winter School was to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in the area of SCP and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management in a life cycle perspective for goods and services produced and used by governments, businesses and civil society.

The School’s second offering is planned for the later part of 2015 and a call for participation will be made in due course. For more information please visit the event’s website.

ESD in the news: Shaping the future we want

Article in the New Straits Time online by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak:

THE 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which aimed at a sustainable 21st century for the global community, described the future as follows: “The well-being of humanity is inextricably linked to the living environment that sustains us. Our ocean makes Earth habitable for people, by providing and regulating the climate, weather, oxygen, food, jobs and many ecosystem services. Yet our ocean and its resources are deteriorating and depleting. Today our ocean depends on us, as we depend on the ocean.” Read more.

ESD in the news: Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development

Article in the New Straits Time online by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak:

A DECADE can pass by in the blink of an eye when we are engrossed in turning an idea into reality. Ten years ago, then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said just that of “sustainable development”. He said: “Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract — sustainable development — and turn it into a reality for all the world's people.” Read more.

Publications

 

World Bank Report: Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

The Turn Down the Heat report series, prepared for the Word Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, provides snapshots of the latest climate science. The three reports warn that without concerted action, temperatures are on pace to rise to 4°C above pre-industrial times by the end of this century. The first report (2012) looks at the risks of a world 4°C or even 2°C warmer. The second (2013) examines the impact on Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia. The third (2014) finds that about 1.5°C warming is already locked in and explores the impact on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“Today’s report confirms what scientists have been saying – past emissions have set an unavoidable course to warming over the next two decades, which will affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “We’re already seeing record-breaking temperatures occurring more frequently, rainfall increasing in intensity in some places, and drought-prone regions like the Mediterranean becoming drier.

For a full version of the report, please click here.

 

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