Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Saskatchewan Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE Sask) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This site is a portal for community members to interact, participate, and collaborate on topics on education for sustainable development.

Please feel free to navigate the site using the links on the left-hand side. If you are interested in joining our community, please sign up for an account (on the left-hand side). If you have any questions, please see our FAQ section (in the navigation on the left, currently under construction) or if you would like to contact the RCE Sask coordinators or group administrators, please refer to the "Contact Info" link located on the upper right-hand side of this page.

Recent News

  • Members of the RCE Sask are preparing for the upcoming RCE Americas conference that will take place at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan in May 2008. Please click on the following link to visit the conference website: RCE Sask Conference 2008

RCE E-Bulletin 40: October 2014

Dear Roger Petry,

 

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre

Dear colleagues and friends,

This will be the last bulletin before the upcoming RCE conference. We are all very excited to see many of you in Okayama and we hope this event will, once more, be a true success for everyone.

There will be many occasions for mingling and plenty of opportunities for networking and meeting new and old friends. It is a particular honor for the RCE Service Centre, that we can host the 9th Global Conference, here in Japan.

Launch of the new RCE Website

You have probably already visited our new RCE website. It took us a long way to get here, but we are delighted that we were able to launch it, just in time for the RCE conference. Please visit: http://www.rce-network.org/portal/home

Following the UNU theme, the new look and feel of the RCE portal, will greatly improve the online experience of all RCE-members and non-members alike. To facilitate the large number of discussions, the sharing of ideas, the expanding amount of materials exchanged, and the need for more interaction and networking, it was an obvious choice for us to improve the online presence of the RCE-network worldwide.

The main changes are:

  • Close association with the UNU website in terms of identity
  • A sleek layout with clear cut edges for easy navigation
  • Increased focus on community-related tasks such as discussion and sharing of material, for example publications
  • Focus on global networking and the use of online tools to facilitate community exchange
  • Increased visual cues to show expansion and global presence of the RCE-network

We were able to launch the website, with no further technological difficulties, therefore causing only minimal disturbance for all users. The website was only shutdown for a matter of 2 hours during the course of Friday 17 October.

Your feedback matters and is important to us! We appreciate your comments and suggestions to improve this portal even further. If you encounter any difficulties in accessing certain areas of the website, please let us know. We will do our best to reflect any necessary changes as soon as possible. Our community is growing by the day and hence the way we interact with each other and how we network is a learning process for all of us!

 

9th Global RCE Conference

Any current information or further details on the programme will posted online on the conference’s website.

If you have a poster, you wish to display during the conference, please note that we can no longer accept posters by mail. Please bring the poster directly to the venue:

  • 4 November 2014: 15:00-17:30 Registration desk during the Welcome Reception at the ANA Hotel, Okayama
  • 5 November 2014: 7:30-9:00 Registration desk for the conference at Okayama Convention Center (2F)

Submission of Annual Reports and Projects for the RCE Award

Many of you have kindly submitted their Annual Report and nominated your flagship projects for the 2014 RCE recognition award via our online system. Thank You! Projects submitted for the RCE award will be showcased and celebrated next week at the 9th Global RCE Conference in Okayama.

If you have not submitted your annual report for 2014 as yet, please do so before the conference. You can upload it here. Please go to ‘Create Reports’ and fill in the necessary information. Using this format will enable us to harmonize the reporting within the RCE-network. All reports and projects have to be submitted online. We can no longer accept documents in a different format via email.

Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre

 

Upcoming Events

Events organized by UNU-IAS

 

9th Global RCE Conference

4-7 November 2014

Okayama, Japan

Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005-2014), the conference is regarded as one of the official stakeholder meetings to be held prior to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November). The Conference provides a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the RCE movement with a view to charting a post-2014 agenda as proposed in the UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The major objective of the conference is to identify a tangible commitment of the RCE community towards the effective implementation of ESD beyond 2014. For more information, please visit the conference website and join our conference preparatory discussions.

 

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014

9 November 2014

Aichi, Nagoya

The United Nations University is organizing the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research. You can find more information on this event here.

 

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific
7-20 December 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will hold the forthcoming UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific. The strategic objective of the Winter School is to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in Asia and the Pacific 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.  You can find more information on the event here.

 

Events organized by RCE members

RCE West Sweden: Planet and People – how can they develop together?

8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)

29 June–2 July 2015

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg (a stakeholder of RCE West Sweden) will host the 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) on June 29 to 2 July 2, 2015. The congress is targeted to educators, practitioners and researchers from all over the world, discussing education for sustainable development and environmental education from all educational aspects. There are 11 themes covering everything from early childhood education to policy development. Submissions are accepted in English, French and Spanish. Listen to Prof. Arjen Wals invitation to the congress on Youtube or for more information visit the event’s website.

 

RCE Hamburg: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

2-4 September 2015

Manchester, UK

The “World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation” will be a truly interdisciplinary event, covering some of the key areas in the field of climate change adaptation. Organised by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and RCEs, the event will focus on innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

A set of presentations, divided into six main themes will be organised. The Symposium will be of special interest to researchers, government agencies, NGOs and companies engaged in the field of climate change adaptation, as well as development and aid agencies funding climate change adaptation processes in developing countries. Please visit the event’s website for more information.

 

Other Events

Mastering Change for Sustainability

24-29 November 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

AtKisson Group, Systainability Asia, and Sasin Center for Sustainability Management are conducting a special sustainability leadership series during November in Bangkok. This course is especially designed for sustainability / CSR consultants, directors, managers, or other professional who are currently working with organisations, local governments, communities on sustainability issues and solutions, or for people looking to enter this field. The course is divided into three modules, which can be taken separately or as an entire and continuous package. More information on this event can be found here.

 

UNESCO World Conference on ESD

10-12 November 2014

Aichi-Nagoya, Japan

The 2014 ESD World Conference marks the end of the ESD Decade, and will be an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. The Conference has the four main objectives: (1) Celebrating a decade of action, (2) Reorienting education to build a better future for all, (3) Accelerating action for SD and (4) Setting the agenda for SD beyond 2014.

The Conference programme will include high-level round table discussions, plenary sessions, workshops, side events and exhibitions. UNU-IAS will be co-organizing a workshop on “Development of local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks for ESD” together with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. For more details, visit the conference website.

 

Latest News

New Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

What role do ecosystems play in reducing disaster risks and adapting to climate change? This is the topic of a new massive open online course, scheduled to launch in January, 2015. It was developed jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), Germany. This is UNEP’s first MOOC, developed in the context of its engagement with universities worldwide including the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES).

The course covers a broad range of topics from disaster management, climate change, ecosystem management and community resilience. This course is delivered by a global array of guest lectures, scientists and practitioners, including Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of UNEP, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature, Rajendra Pachauri of IPCC and Margareta Wahlström of UNISDR. For more information on this course, please visit the course’s website.

 

2014 RCEs of the Americas Meeting

Two key documents emerged from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas, on July 28-30, 2014 in Autlan, Mexico, hosted by the RCE Western Jalisco. The first is a general statement of commitment to help shape future directions of the RCEs in the Americas and to inform continental and global ESD processes. The second is a set of specific project commitments identifying various RCEs.

Summary of the core commitments

Summary of the core collaborative projects and strategies

 

Huffington Post: Youth Climate Action in the Face of Africa

On September 29, RCE Kano’s Youth Representative, Usman Muhammad’s article on ‘Youth Climate Action in the Face of Africa’, was published in the Huffington Post. This article is part of a month-long series produced in conjunction with a variety of events being held in September, recognizing the threats posed by climate change. Those events include the UN's Climate Summit 2014 and Climate Week NYC.

 

Climate Change Ambassador Education: Classroom-to-Classroom Campaign

RCE Kano partnered with six other countries and seventeen other organizations in the Global Climate Change Ambassador Campaign. The target group were youth up to 18 years of age. The Climate Change Ambassador Education was aimed at educating and modelling youth to become active participants in Climate Change campaigns through practical, creative and innovative educational and learning programmes.  Sharing different ideas and experiences on both local and global levels among the youth created a certain synergy. Though still on going, the ideas that were developed were presented at the IPCC 2014 in Copenhagen by the Minister of Climate Denmark, in conjunction with some of the participating youth on 27th of October.

RCE Kano is extending this campaign to youth outside the classroom and through informal and non-formal education. For more information visit the RCE portal. The speech of the Climate Change Ambassadors held in Copenhagen can be found here.

 

EU-Project “Urb@EXP - Towards new forms of urban governance”

URB@Exp, is a joint research project of researchers, policymakers and civil society actors from Austria, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. The project will be led by ICIS (International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development). Knowledge development and exchange at city level and between cities are central in the project. The aim is to learn how urban labs contribute to city development, how innovative solutions for urban problems emerge, and what actors are involved. Special attention will be given to the role of local authorities and their plea for new modes of urban governance. The URB@Exp project will run for three years, and is funded by Urban Europe and resource from the project partners.

URB@Exp aims to develop guidelines in order to enhance successful uptake of an innovative form of urban governance, thereby contributing to improved governance of urban complexity, for creating more sustainable, inclusive, attractive, and economically viable cities. For more information on this project please visit ICIS website.

 

RCE Structure and Governance Survey

Organizational structures and governance models vary across RCEs. Newly acknowledged RCE Greater Portland has designed below survey to gather information on the types of existing governance and funding models of fellow RCEs, in order to learn from their lessons and recommended best practices. RCE Greater Portland hopes that this research will be mutually beneficial for existing and new RCEs, as well as UNU-IAS, with results being shared with all RCE participants who express interest.  Please visit the following website to participate in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DX2HDQ9

Deadline of the survey is November 2, so preliminary results can be collected in time for the International RCE Conference. If more time is needed, the survey will remain open through November 15. 

 

UNESCO MGIEP Global Youth Survey “ YOUth Speak”

UNESCO MGIEP, a UNESCO’s category 1 Institute on education, has initiated a Youth Survey to understand the perspectives of youth on today’s global challenges. The increasing youth population (1. 8 billion youth in the world today) along with rising complexities of our times present both challenges and opportunities for the future ahead. Within this context, UNESCO MGIEP has identified youth as its key partner and primary stakeholder. In order to better understand the youth driven agenda, the institute presents the first UNESCO MGIEP Youth Survey “ YOUth Speak”. The survey will give more detailed information on the discourse on peace, sustainable development, transformative education and global citizenship. The survey has 14 questions and takes 5-7 minutes to complete. Deadline of the survey is 29 November 2014. The preliminary findings will be presented at the forthcoming UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development World Conference in November.

For more information on the survey or if you wish to participate, please visit:

http://mgiep.unesco.org/youth-survey/

Publications

QAA launches ESD guidance linked to RCE Severn HEFCE funded ESD and Quality initiative

In October the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) released its new national guidelines on ESD which seek to inform and extend ESD practice across the HE curriculum. RCE Severn was part of the cross-sector expert group that developed this guidance document, the first of its kind in Europe to be produced by an agency responsible for curriculum quality in HE. This landmark document involved collaboration between the QAA and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with input from the National Union of Students (NUS). The guidelines will advise HE lecturers, education and curriculum staff on how to embed ESD into graduate outcomes, academic practice and student experiences. It supports QAA’s move in 2012 to include ESD in the national HE quality assurance framework, the UK Quality Code for HE.

QAA and HEA ESD guidance for Guidance for UK Higher Education Practitioners

Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

If you wish to contribute to the monthly bulletin or have news, upcoming events, or publications, you would like to share, please use the ‘Submit RCE bulletin’ form on our website. 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.

 

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5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925
Japan

Video of RCE Saskatchewan 2014 Recognition Event

I am just posting this important message from Lyle regarding Paul Lang's excellent video he has prepared of the 2014 RCE SK Recognition Event in Regina.--Roger

 

Good morning colleagues:

I just received this EXCELLENT LINK form Paul Lang last night so that we can "share" this year's RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event at Government House with our Patron the Lt. Governor.

http://vimeo.com/110427316?email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfDU3NzU1NjcxYjY0ODgxM2UzZmFlMDI0OWQ2MTAyMTA5MzI3fDUxNDYwNzF8MTQxNDYzMjg4Nnw3NzAx&utm_campaign=7701&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_source=email

Special thanks to Paul Lang for not only the time he spent capturing these (and I assume many further hours?) of video to highlight some of the special moments of that day in just 5 minutes on this VIMEO video link.

I am sure that it took many more days and hours for this production Paul, and WE DO APPRECIATED your TALENT and this "GIFT" we can showcase in Japan at the upcoming 9th Global UNU RCE Conference in Okayama, Japan November 3 to 7, 2014.

 

All the best and enjoy these special moments and memories that Paul has captured for our benefit.

EARTH DEMOCRACY: LECTURE BY DR. VANDANA SHIVA

2014-10-28 19:30

Location: University of Regina, Education Auditorium, Education Building

FREE

Dr. Vandana Shiva will challenge and motivate you with her sharp intellectual enquiry and courageous activism. An environmental and anti-globalization activist, Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, to our understanding of intellectual property rights and biotechnology, and to the perception of women in the developing world. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the "Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe". Do not miss this lecture!

Brought to you through a partnership with the Regina Public Interest Research Group and the U of R Women's Centre and SCIC. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with lecture at 7:30 pm.

RCE E-Bulletin: Issue 39: September 2014

Issue 39: September 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear RCE-members, we are currently in the process of merging and integrating our new UNU-IAS IT-system. Some of the links given in this bulletin may hence temporarily not work and be disabled. We apologise in advance for this inconvenience. Please contact us at rceservicecentre@unu.edu if you are experiencing any trouble or wish to receive certain documents mentioned below.

Dear colleagues and friends,

With just over a month left before the 9th Global RCE Conference, the preparations here at the RCE Service Centre are at full speed. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Okayama, Japan!

The registration deadline for the conference is now officially closed. Those of you, who will attend, please make sure to sign up for the excursion on 8 November 2014, which allows you to choose from a whole range of different courses. Please use your username and password to login and make sure you sign up before 3 October 2014. IAS-funded participants can participate in either Course I or II. Detailed information of the excursion can be found here.

If you wish to submit a poster, please do so by 10 October 2014. You can send the material either via mail to RCE Okayama, 1-1-1, Daiku, Kita-ku, 700-8544 Okayama City, Japan or alternatively bring them directly to the venue:

  • 4 November 2014: 15:00–17:30 Registration desk during the Welcome Reception at the ANA Hotel, Okayama
  • 5 November 2014: 7:30–9:00 Registration desk for the conference at Okayama Convention Center (2F)

For those who need visa support documents, please complete the Visa Support Request Form and send it to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) with a scanned copy of your passport. This service is for RCE members only. Please check with your nearest embassy or consulate general, if there are any required documents. Please also note that it is the participants’ responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa to enter Japan.

The accommodation for UNU-IAS funded participants will be booked through the RCE Service Centre. For all other participants, please make sure to book your accommodation if you have not yet done so. You can book your hotel through the registration website by 21 October 2014.

This and more information can be found on the main conference website.

Submission of Annual Reports

Many of you have kindly submitted their Annual Report via our online system. If you have not submitted your report for 2014 as yet, please do so before the conference. You can upload it here. Please go to ‘Create Reports’ and fill in the necessary information. Using this format will enable us to harmonize the reporting within the RCE-network.

Please note, all reports and projects have to be submitted online via the RCE portal. We can no longer accept documents in a different format. The deadline to submit a project for an Award has now officially closed. We thank all of you who nominated a project!

Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS
 

9th Global RCE Conference

4–7 November 2014

Okayama, Japan

Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD: 2005–2014), the conference is regarded as one of the official stakeholder meetings to be held prior to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10–12 November). The Conference provides a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the RCE movement with a view to charting a post-2014 agenda as proposed in the UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The major objective of the conference is to identify a tangible commitment of the RCE community towards the effective implementation of ESD beyond 2014. For more information, please visit the conference website and join our conference preparatory discussions.

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014

9 November 2014

Aichi, Nagoya

The United Nations University is organizing the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research. Online registrations for the conference are still open. You can find more information on this event here.

UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific

7–20 December 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will hold the forthcoming UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific. The strategic objective of the Winter School is to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in Asia and the Pacific 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.

The UN Winter School, held at the Asian Institute of Technology Campus, provides an exclusive learning opportunity for young professionals, including post-graduate students, to be equipped with skills that can support their professional and research activities. You can find more information on the event here.

Events organized by RCE members
 

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Education for Sustainability: Building Capacity in Higher Education

3 October 2014

Prague, Czech Republic

This international conference, organized by COPERNICUS Alliance in collaboration with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences, and quality enhancement. A state of the art report which maps existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators in Europe will be presented at the event.

For further information, abstract submissions and registration details please click here or visit the conference website.

RCE Okayama: Kominkan-CLC International Conference on ESD: Community-based Human Development for sustainable Society

9–12 October 2014

Okayama, Japan

The City of Okayama, the Executive Committee for Kominkan-Community Learning Centre (CLC) Committee and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and technology of Japan will be organizing the “Kominkan-CLC International Conference on ESD” from 9 to 12 October in Okayama, Japan. One of the main characteristics of ESD and RCE activities in Okayama is active engagement of community learning centres known as “Kominkan” in Japanese. This conference will feature the role of Kominkan and CLC and their good practices in implementing ESD at the local level. The expected outcome of the conference is to develop the visions and future strategies for Kominkan and CLC to contribute to realizing a sustainable society. You can find more details on the conference here.

RCE Curitiba-Paraná, Brazil: International Students Conference on Urban Sustainability (ISCUS)

10–12 February 2015

Curitiba, Brazil

RCE Curitiba-Paraná in cooperation with Unilivre and Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) is organizing the second edition of the International Students Conference on Urban Sustainability (ISCUS). This event aims to provide an opportunity for students from different countries to exchange knowledge and to promote research. ISCUS will gather presentations from undergraduate and graduate students on case studies, research and practical experiences on subject matters. This event provides a great platform to encourage international networking between students and the institutions. ISCUS aims at making its themes even more interdisciplinary this time around. For more information please visit the conference website.

Other Events
 

SEAMEO Congress, Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-Thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration

21–22 October 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

This congress aims to explore new avenues for managing the diverse changes in education, science and culture and enhance regional understanding and cooperation among educators and different stakeholders in Southeast Asia and beyond. More information can be found in the conference announcement or on the congress website.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference

26–29 October 2014

Portland, Oregon

Nearly 2,000 sustainability professionals and students will gather in Portland, Oregon for AASHE’s annual conference to network and share innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campus and surrounding communities. RCE Greater Portland, being on the coordinating committee of the conference, will host an RCE Panel discussion on the benefits of the RCE model and cross-sector ESD networks. Representatives from RCE Grand Rapids, RCE Saskatchewan and the U.S. Partnership for ESD will attend the panel discussion. For more details please visit the AASHE Conference website.

The European Organisation for Sustainable Development: Greening Education Event

29–31 October, 2014

Karlsruhe, Germany

A three-day international Greening Education Event will be held from 29th to 31st of October 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This will bring together the academic community, policy makers, representatives of multilateral agencies, senior members of academic institutions, teachers and administrators, sustainable development practitioners and other stakeholders from around the world.

The event provides an exclusive forum to examine how global issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and other major challenges are affecting the education sector; to deliberate on how to embed sustainability in curricula, courses and learning and teaching material; to debate on the ways to make educational institutions as one of the key leaders in finding long lasting solutions to environmental, social and economic challenges; to share best practices; and to get insights on how education is being reshaped to meet the requirements of the 21st century.

Further to knowledge-sharing, the upcoming event will also provide an excellent networking opportunity with the academic community, SD practitioners and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond. More information on the organisers and the event can be found here.

UNESCO World Conference on ESD

10–12 November 2014

Aichi-Nagoya, Japan

The 2014 ESD World Conference marks the end of the ESD Decade, and will be an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. The Conference has the four main objectives: (1) Celebrating a decade of action, (2) Reorienting education to build a better future for all, (3) Accelerating action for SD and (4) Setting the agenda for SD beyond 2014.

The Conference programme will include high-level roundtable, plenary sessions, workshops, side events and exhibitions. UNU-IAS will be co-organizing a workshop on “Development of local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks for ESD” together with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. For more details, visit the conference website.

Latest News

 

Mobile Bus Exhibition on Biodiversity initiated by RCE Lucknow

RCE Lucknow has initiated a mobile exhibition on biodiversity of Uttar Pradesh a northern state of India. This innovative mobile exhibition titled 'Prakriti' (meaning Nature) has been developed by CEE North with the support from RCE partner Uttar Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (UPSBB) and University of Lucknow. Prakriti is a mobile resource bus on knowledge dissemination about the biodiversity of Uttar Pradesh. More details on this project can be found here.

Workshops for Capacity Building on ‘Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought’

30 July and 12 August 2014

Punjab and Uttarakhand, India

RCE Chandigarh and its lead partner Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) organized workshops for Capacity Building on ‘Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought’ in Punjab and Uttarakhand in July and August. Please find their report here.

7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

26–28 August 2014

Penang, Malaysia

The 7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting was organized from 26 to 28 August 2014 in Penang, Malaysia. Over 50 participants from 17 RCEs and two candidate RCEs gathered to deliberate various thematic and strategic issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific RCEs. The future direction and strategy of the Asia-Pacific RCEs were discussed, with the view to further advance and up-scale ESD actions beyond DESD. Please find the minutes of the meeting and the draft paper on the “Strategy of the Asia-Pacific RCEs” below.

Strategy of the Asia-Pacific RCEs, beyond 2014
Meeting Minutes 7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

The meeting was followed by the International Symposium on “A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific” where RCE members presented their flagship projects with reference to the five priority action areas of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. Interactive workshops were also organized by a number of local school teachers and students as part of the symposium.

2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

3–5 September 2014

Manchester, UK

RCE Hamburg and Region in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences organized the 2nd Wold Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014) in Manchester, UK. The Workshop was one of the last events to be held as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) which concludes in 2014.

The Symposium’s focus on transformative approaches to sustainable development across disciplines contributed to the further development of this fast-growing field. You can find a summary of the event here.

International Seminar on Renewable Electricity and Socio-Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Developed and Developing Countries

9 September 2014

Hamburg, Germany

On 9th September the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences gathered European and South American experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities of renewable electricity generation for the socio-economic development. It provided a forum for German key actors in the renewable energy technology transfer and development cooperation sectors, to exchange experiences between each other and to enter into a dialogue with representatives from South American universities. This seminar aimed to promote the exchange of experiences between universities, NGOs and enterprises working in international renewable energy technology transfer. The seminar was the final event of a four year project, Renewable Electricity Generation in South America (REGSA), funded by EuropeAid. Presentations of the seminar as well as all publications of the project can be downloaded here. For more information on the event itself please visit the seminar’s website.

4th African RCE Continental Meeting and 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Annual Conference

9–12 September 2014

Windhoek, Namibia

The 4th African RCE Continental Meeting was held in conjunction with the 32nd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) annual conference at the University of Namibia (Windhoek Campus) on 9–12 September 2014. RCE Khomas-Erongo of Namibia was the host for the African RCE delegates at the EEASA meeting. The 32nd EEASA conference brought together more than 200 delegates from southern and eastern Africa and beyond. The theme of the conference was on Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme. RCEs delegates at the meeting contributed to this theme through plenary sessions, paper presentations, round table discussions and workshops. Please find the book of abstracts here.

The climax of the 4th African RCE continental meeting was a workshop session entitled Positioning African RCEs in the post-2014 ESD agenda. This workshop drew upon experiences from previous African RCE continental meetings to explore ways of strengthening capacities for multi-stakeholder engagement and networking in ESD. It was attended by 23 delegates from nine acknowledged RCEs. Through the workshop participants deliberated a joint strategy and concrete actions for positioning African RCEs to effectively deliver a post 2014 ESD agenda. RCE delegates also used the workshop to reflect upon the successes, challenges and opportunities of the African RCE network in implementing ESD. Policy recommendations and a plan of action to strengthen RCEs as platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation in sustainable development will be derived from the deliberations that took place at the RCE meeting. Click here for a preliminary report of the meeting.

Publications

 

8th Global RCE Conference: Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has published a conference booklet of the 8th Global RCE Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26-29 November 2013. The conference booklet is an abridged version of the 8th Global RCE Conference minutes that were shared in February of this year.

Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes (UNEP, 2014)

This sourcebook that was recently launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) takes stock of the knowledge, approaches, tools and initiatives that have been developed for REDD+ by a range of actors and to facilitate their integration into multi-disciplinary higher education programmes, especially in countries actively engaged in REDD+ readiness efforts and preparations.

 

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