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 Facilitation Group (RFG) Meeting

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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.



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.



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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RCE E-Bulletin 42: End of Year Message 2014

Issue 42: End of Year 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear colleagues and friends,

2014 has indeed been a very exciting year for all of us! The DESD has come to an end and we celebrated it in style during our back-to-back events in November together with UNESCO. And here we are now, looking ahead to a year full of exciting opportunities and challenges.

Still young as a network, the time has now come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to carry on that noble idea of preserving nature, helping others in need and do our part to ensure a sustainable future for all of us.

Everyone in this network is part of it because they do not prefer leisure over work, but instead are doers and makers of things, who initiate and make it possible. So our journey continues after ten good years. We cannot be less productive, our minds less inventive. Our ideas, projects and collaborations are what are still needed, as is our capacity as a network.

Our community is shaped by every language and culture drawn from every corner of the earth, and although our challenges ahead may be new, we will find the tools to meet them. Guided by principles of open communication, fair play, sharing of ideas and support, and even greater cooperation and understanding towards each other’s needs, we will forge new friendships and deepen old ones during the coming decade.

In this spirit the RCE Global Service Centre would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On a lighter note, please feel free to browse through the latest photos we have uploaded on the RCE Portal from the RCE Global Conference. You will also find additional albums of RCE’s that have kindly provided us with pictures of their latest events. All photos have also been uploaded on the RCE Portal under Events and Latest News.

You can access the RCE Global Conference album here.

The RCE Saskatchewan’s album on their recent Recognitions is here.


Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre




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.

Global RCE Conference Update and RCE E-Bulletin 41: December 2014

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

Please see the RCE E-Bulletin below which has links to key proceedings from the 9th Global RCE Conference in Okayama Japan (Nov. 4-7) as well as media links, copies of presentations, information about RCE projects receiving awards, and the final "Okayama Declaration on ESD" approved by delegates at the conference. RCE Saskatchewan was very fortunate to receive global recognition awards for 2 projects: the Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative and the RCE SK K-12 ESD Website. Congratulations to all those involved in each of these projects!!!

RCE Saskatchewan was well represented at the 9th Global RCE Conference having 3 people in attendance: Lyle Benko, Jonathan Yee (our youth Co-coordinator) and Roger Petry. Here is a link to some further photos from the conference on our RCE Saskatchewan website:


A link to the important publication "Ten Years of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development" released at the conference (in which RCE Saskatchewan figures prominently) is mentioned below with other important publications and can also be found at:


Also please see further down in the RCE E-Bulletin a link to the final copy of the "Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development" approved at the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development held on November 9, 2014, as well as a number of upcoming events hosted by other RCEs. The RCE E-Bulletin will also be posted on our RCE website (www.saskrce.ca).

Best wishes,

Roger Petry and Lyle Benko, Co-coordinators
RCE Saskatchewan

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Issue 41: December 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear colleagues and friends,

It was truly wonderful to meet everyone during the 9th Global RCE Conference beginning of November in Okayama. Surely we speak for the whole RCE Community when saying that RCE Okayama and the City of Okayama exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Not only were they great hosts, providing top-notch facilities and useful information whenever needed, but above all, there was fun entertainment, delicious food and beautiful sights in and around Okayama to see. Many praised the never-ending flow of coffee during the event and not to forget the lovely gifts and souvenirs, small but precious gestures in the conference bags and available throughout the venue.

There were many occasions for mingling and plenty of opportunities for networking and meeting new and old friends. During the different discussions, many interesting ideas were shared with an overall feeling that there was a need for more communication, networking and interaction in the RCE Community.

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the meeting as much as we here at the Global RCE Service Centre did, and hope to see many of you again soon!

9th Global RCE Conference Proceedings

We are still waiting to receive some of the reports from the different rapporteurs. Once these have come in, we will also post the summaries of the sessions (outside of the plenaries) online. With more than 5000 photos to go through, we are hoping to show most of them via the RCE Portal as well. This will hopefully be uploaded in due course. We hope to share them with you just in time before everyone leaves for their Holidays.


RCE Recognition Award Presentations


In order to give particular recognition to all projects submitted for the RCE Award, we have uploaded them in the Community Tab. Feel free to browse through the different projects, all which gave important contributions to the communities around them. We thank and congratulate the 27 RCEs that submitted their projects for the RCE Award.


9th Global RCE Post-Conference Evaluation Survey


We sincerely thank all those who participated in the 9th Global RCE Conference. The Global RCE Service Centre is dedicated to improving the next conference planning and organization. We therefore, kindly request those who attended the conference to provide the Global RCE Service Centre and RCE Okayama with feedback on the quality and effectiveness of the event by filling out an evaluation survey found at this link.

It will take you about 15 minutes to complete the survey. Your responses will only be used for survey purposes and the deadline for submitting your responses is 20 December 2014.

Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre


Upcoming Events


Events organized by RCE members

RCE Delhi hosts YUVA Meet 2015 and RCE Youth Meeting

2-4 February 2015

New Delhi

The Youth Unite for Voluntary Action (YUVA Meet) 2015 will be organized by RCE Delhi (TERI: The Energy and Resources Institute) on 2-3 February 2015 at India International Centre, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi. The YUVA Meet is a special event of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) and is held a day prior to the event so that the voice of the youth can be heard at this major international forum. Seventh in the series, this year’s YUVA Meet will focus on the theme ‘Sustainable Solutions: Safe Water for All’. The meet serves as a platform for youth to collectively air their views and form a common network thereby reaching out to many more-like minded people. YUVA Meet 2014 witnessed participation from 173 young participants from 66 colleges/universities in India and eight other nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Canada, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Swaziland).


Travel support is available for selected RCE youth representatives through the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu). The selection will be made based on certain criteria including the level of engagement with the RCEs, quality of the applications as well as the geographical balance of the participants. For those who are interested in participating in the event, please send your application form and travel support request form (if you wish to apply for funding) to the Global RCE Service Centre and RCE Delhi/TERI no later than 19 December. We also encourage self-funded participants. RCE Delhi is willing to provide free accommodations during the meeting.

For more details, please refer to the Youth Community on the RCE Portal, and visit the event’s website. You will find the travel and application forms in the Youth Community under Files. For inquiries or information, please contact Ms. Livleen Kahlon at RCE Delhi/TERI (kahlonl@teri.res.in).

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 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 no later than December 19. 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

Second Baltic Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - WORKING AND LEARNING TOGETHER

12-14 December 2014

Riga, Latvia

This conference builds on the ESD conferences in Visby, Sweden (2012) and Riga, Latvia (2013). It takes place under the auspices of the Baltic Sea Region Network on ESD (BSRESDN), which began in 2012. Previous conferences had gathered participants from the education sector, but for the first time a wider spectrum of stakeholders have been invited in order to learn together and create new synergies for joint actions.

The conference participants are key professionals with existing prior knowledge and experience in ESD in various sectors – be it business, education or the arts - each of them having their own directions for developing their ESD-related practice and expertise. The conference avoids lengthy speeches and lectures. Instead it opens space for action and interaction. How can we work and learn together? Are there innovative ways for education and learning that we can identify together? Are there ways to cooperate in order to create knowledge and skills for sustainable development? For more information please visit the event’s 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.

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Conference Declaration Renews Commitments to Higher Education for Sustainable Development

On 9 November 2014, UNU organized the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Nagoya, Japan. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005–2014, the conference celebrated achievements throughout the decade and reviewed commitments to ESD beyond 2014. With approximately 750 participants from 66 countries, it highlighted the major challenges and pathways for transforming higher education, with a focus on mainstreaming innovative practices in learning, knowledge development, and research.

The conference was organized in collaboration with UNESCO, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The co-organizers of the event were the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and Nagoya University.

The conference resulted in the Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, in which conference participants reaffirmed and renewed commitments made within the framework of the UN DESD. The declaration also calls upon world leaders to support the transformative role of higher education towards sustainable development, and to recognize the essential role and responsibility of higher education institutions towards creating sustainable societies. The declaration and the outcomes of the event were shared at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, also held in Nagoya on 10–12 November.

The conference opened with remarks by David M. Malone (Rector, UNU), Irina Bokova (Director-General, UNESCO), and other high-level speakers. In the first high-level panel on the “whole-institution approach”, Hans Van Ginkel (former UNU Rector) called for HEIs to implement a matrix organization principle by which disciplines are connected through breakthrough science. The whole-institution approach to ESD would need to go beyond education and research in order to reach society more broadly.

Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU) emphasized that UNU was committed to advancing ESD beyond 2014 through promoting sustainability science, conducting policy-relevant research, implementing capacity development for leadership, and strengthening networks. The second high-level panel focused on “engagement across boundaries and working with critical sectors”. Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (President, IAU) shared the three pillars of sustainability and multi-stakeholder partnerships: respect for knowledge systems, relevance in terms of societal needs, and reciprocity.Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah (Director, UNESCO-Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) called for transformative learning and the development of “knowledge commons” between HEIs. He stated that today’s challenge lay in implementing these two components to address global sustainable development issues.

Discussions following the panel sessions focused on advancing policy, transforming learning and training environments, building capacities of educators and trainers, empowering and mobilizing youth, and accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level. For more information on the event please visit the conference website. Presentation slides are available here.

UNESCO World Conference on ESD Publishes Roadmap for GAP

As the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD 2005-2014) comes to a close, the global education sector came together during the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. The event was co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Japan, from 10 to 12 November 2014.

More than 1,000 participants gathered for the three-day conference under the theme “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” Among them were 76 ministerial-level representatives of UNESCO Member States, NGOs, academia, the private sector and UN agencies, as well as individual experts and youth participants from 150 countries. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan graciously presided the grand opening of the conference.

Lending his support to the event in a video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stated, “there is no plan B, because there is no planet B.” He called for sustainability to be built into the daily lives of people with education being the starting point. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed that “we cannot just build green economies, we need green societies” and “sustainability requires changes in how we produce and consume, changes in our lifestyles…and education is the way to connect the dots."

The participants reflected on the achievements, lessons learnt, challenges they faced and how to advance the ESD agenda in the post-2014 education framework. With the UN Decade of ESD coming to an end, UNESCO presented the report ‘Shaping the Future We Want’, which essentially looked at ESD initiatives around the world. The document was based on questionnaires submitted by 70 countries. Additionally, the ‘UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the post-2014 Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP)’ was released.

Representatives from numerous organizations around the world took part in different high-level keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and side events during the celebratory and historic three-day event. The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) supported the conference by participating in panel discussions and organizing workshops and side events. These were specifically related to multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral networking in local communities, networking of higher education institutions. UNU-IAS was further involved in international debate issues such as climate change, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, traditional knowledge, health as well as higher education and other processes on education for sustainable development.

Several multi-stakeholder meetings conveniently took place just before the UNESCO conference. This allowed many participants for example of the 9th Global RCE on ESD Conference, as well as members of the UNU-IAS Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net) to attend the UNESCO World Conference on ESD.

At the conclusion of the conference, the ‘Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development’ was adopted, calling for urgent action to further strengthen and scale up ESD and inviting governments of UNESCO Member States to make further efforts towards achieving the goals of ESD. The definitive UNESCO GAP document that was launched during the World ESD Conference can be downloaded at UNESCO’s website.

RCE Structure and Governance Survey

At the Global RCE Conference, many different organizational structures and governance models of RCEs were discussed. RCE Greater Portland also announced that it had designed a short survey to gather information on the different types of RCE governance, membership, and funding models, in order to collect recommended best practices. They hope that this research will be beneficial for existing and new RCEs, as well as UNU-IAS. Results will be shared with participants who express interest.

To complete the survey, please visit:

Survey RCE Global Conference 2014


The survey takes no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete with the deadline now extended to December 20. Your input is of great value to the RCE Community.

SEAMEO Congress Proceedings


Based on feedback received from participants, speakers and partners, SEAMEO Congress has indeed been a great success with nearly 500 participants from Southeast Asian countries and beyond. We owe the success of the Congress to the support of our co-organizers British Council and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), 11 Southeast Asian Ministries of Education, SEAMEO Associate Member Countries, SEAMEO Affiliate Members, Congress Sponsors, Partner Organizations, SEAMEO Regional Centres, and lastly your participation in the SEAMEO Congress.

The following information is shared on the SEAMEO Congress' website. Please feel free to download the Congress Executive Summary, presentations of Congress plenary and parallel speakers, poster presentations, SEAMEO Congress Programme Book and visit the photo gallery.




Building a Resilient Future through Multistakeholder Learning and Action: Ten Years of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

Editors: Zinaida Fadeeva, Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Mario Tabucanon, Kiran Banga Chhokar, (UNU-IAS, 2014).

The global movement of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs), having reached a decade of existence and of constantly contributing to change through learning and action, is deserving of a commemorative memento. As the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), upon which the RCE movement was founded and to which it was dedicated, draws to a close, it is also a critical time to look towards the future of the RCE community against the backdrop of the new processes taking shape in sustainable development and education.

This publication is the tale of an extraordinary grassroots movement conceived at the turn of the century and dedicated to the proposition that unless local stakeholders work together to find and implement local solutions to local sustainable development problems, all efforts to translate global sustainable development policy and vision into local realities might be in vain. This book draws upon earlier analyses and publications as well as recent reflections of the RCEs showing the colourful diversity of organizational cultures and approaches in promoting ESD worldwide. On the other hand, it renders possible the identification of common tendencies and emerging qualities, despite the different cultural, social and economic contexts, target groups and action areas. Click here.

ProSPER.Net Book: Transforming Higher Education and Creating Sustainable Societies

Editors: Aurea Christine Tanaka and Mario Tabucanon, (UNU-IAS, 2014).

Major initiatives supported by Japan on ESD through UNU include the networking of ESD stakeholders through the global initiative Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on ESD, and the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net), a regional network of leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific.

Over the years, since it’s launching in 2008, ProSPER.Net has been active and robust in the pursuit of its vision on sustainability and mission to transform higher education institutions. This book provides an important contribution to the recognition of the role of education and research to a more sustainable future.

This commemorative publication, which the Ministry is proud to be part of, demonstrates the core of ESD, where multiple stakeholders collaborate for actions and, by the same token, government and academia work together in innovative ways for creating sustainable societies. It also documents the development, achievements and future directions of ProSPER.Net, and is immensely significant and timely as the ESD global community celebrates UNDESD’s conclusion. For the interactive pdf, please click here.

Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Editors: Zinaida Fadeeva, Laima Galkute, Clemens Mader, Geoff Scott

Higher education has a central role in helping our world address its interlaced social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. Our universities and colleges can do this by identifying and testing solutions in collaboration with the regions they serve, and by building the leaders of tomorrow. But to do this higher education institutions (HEIs) must transform themselves, and this involves bringing together best practice in quality management and improvement for tertiary education with best practice in education for sustainable development.

This book seeks to provide those interested in addressing this double helix of transformation with tested strategies and pathways for undertaking the journey successfully. It pays particular attention to dynamic interplays between organizational, national and international development in higher education policies and practices relevant for quality assurance. It also explores changing understandings of the notion of quality in higher education, relations of quality systems and other HEI strategies and questions of learner competences in the context of HEI strategies. You can find more information on the book here.

Exploring the Synergy between Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Delivery of Quality Education in Finland

Päivi Immonen, PhD (Education), Senior Lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Anna Maaria Nuutinen, RCE Coordinator, City of Espoo, Finland

This report describes ESD and Quality Education in Finland. The main aim was to establish a common understanding of the study subject, thereby creating an interpretation frame of quality education and ESD based on structure – process- outcomes –orientation and quality education literature in Finland. After analyzing the data (answers to study questions) by this frame, the results of this study are presented in this report.


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