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RCE e-Bulletin 55: February 2016

Issue 55: February 2016

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

The open call to host regional and global RCE meetings closed on 29 February 2016. We received several expressions of interest. For the regions Africa and the Americas, the Global RCE Service Centre is still in the process of evaluating different proposals, but you can already find the details for the Europe and Asia Pacific meetings below. Regarding the global RCE conference, we will share more details in due course.

Asia Pacific RCEs meeting hosted by RCE Cha-am, 27 June -1 July 2016, Cha-am, Thailand

 

The Asia-pacific RCEs are scheduled to meet during 27 June to 1 July 2016 in Cha-am, Thailand for a three-part gathering hosted by RCE Cha-am. The RCEs will be participating in the International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during 27-28 June and will hold the 9th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting on 29 June. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Capacity Building Workshop on Policy Support Tools and methodologies will be held on 30 June to 1 July where a number of Asia-Pacific RCEs will be participating.

Inquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to Ms. Areeporn Sittiyanpaiboon, Coordinator of RCE Cha-am (ccbes.siep@mail.com or areeporn_siep@yahoo.com. More information on the Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting and the IPBES Capacity Building Workshop will be shared soon.

European RCEs meeting hosted by RCE London, 23-24 June, 2016, London, UK (Date and programme TBC)

RCE Applications

146 RCEs have been acknowledged globally as of March 2016. Organisations that are interested in initiating the RCE process and applying to become an RCE are requested to submit an application (Guidelines for RCE applications) and an application summary by Tuesday, 31 May 2016 to the Global RCE Service Centre. The Global RCE Service Centre will then provide comments and feedback by 15 July 2016. Thereafter, candidates can re-submit their revised final draft by the 16 September 2016.

UNU-IAS does not require a specific format to be followed for the main application document, as long as all required information is provided. You also can refer sample applications of acknowledged RCE Wales and RCE Crete. Applications and application summaries should be sent to the Global RCE Service Centre.

Sincerely,

The Global RCE Service Centre

UNU-IAS

 
 

Upcoming Events

 

8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

27-29 April, 2016, Bilbao, Spain

Early bird registration is open until 4 March for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe. Read more.

10th MMUST International Conference: Universal health coverage: Innovative strategies towards attainment of SDGs

24-26 May, 2016, Kakamega, Kenya

The 10th MMUST International Conference on Health will focus on the following sub-themes: Global health, health systems, education and communication, politics, and society, culture and health. Read more

66th UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/NGO Conference

Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together

30 May – 1 June, 2016, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

The topic for this year’s conference is Education for Global Citizenship. Conference participants will strive to define culturally appropriate international and regional messaging, learning and advocacy strategies, partnerships and governmental accountability frameworks including financing for development. Read more

World Education Congress: Quality education for sustainable and inclusive growth

23-24 June, 2016, Mumbai, India

During the World Education Congress participants will discuss "Evolving Trends in Education". The congress will examine modern as well as traditional knowledge systems.Read more

7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

6-8 July, 2016, Bonn, Germany

Resilient Cities is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. The programme of 2016 focuses on inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Read more

2nd Global GAP Partner meeting

5-6 July, 2016, Paris, France

The second global meeting of the Partner Networks of the GAP will serve to review the progress achieved and challenges encountered by the Partner Networks, find and assess synergies and collaboration established among partners, reflect on the first implementation results and the challenges encountered and solutions found. The partners will also discuss, and commonly define and share appropriate scaling up mechanisms for the GAP. Finally the future work of the Partner Networks towards the Global Forum in 2017 will be structured and planned.

Rethinking sustainability models and practices: Challenges for the new and old world contexts

13-15 July, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

This event will be preceded by the 1st Luso-Brazilian Symposium (11-12 July) on Sustainability Models and Practices. The major theme will focus on the current sustainability strategies, policies, practices and approaches and the need to rethink their roles and applicability in different socio-cultural and economic contexts. Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

Open Calls

 

2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

UNESO has launched the call for nominations for the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Endowed with US$150,000, it honours outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in ESD. Read more

Sejahtera Fellowship at the Sejahtera Centre for RCEs in Asia Pacific

The Sejahtera Fellowship will allow a researcher to stay in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea for a few months and conduct research of his/her interest to produce a research report. Applications for the 2016 Sejahtera Fellowship will open in March 2016 for the research term of April to November 2016 and is offered to a member of the Asia Pacific RCEs Sejahtera network.

More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on the RCE portal.

 

Latest News

 

Japanese RCEs meet to discuss 2016 strategies

The Japanese RCEs meeting was held on 3 February 2016 in Yokohama, Japan hosted by RCE Yokohama. The new RCE, RCE Hokkaido Central was welcomed by all other six Japanese RCEs (RCE Greater Sendai, RCE Yokohama, RCE Chubu, RCE Hyogo-Kobe, RCE Okayama and RCE Kitakyushu). Each RCE reported on the activities implemented in 2015 and shared their strategies for 2016. Read more

RCE Graz-Styria reflects on local, regional and national GAP initiatives

A year after meeting in Okayama at the Global RCE Conference, RCE Graz-Styria and SEKEM Austria organised the event “The implementation of the GAP on ESD: Local initiatives and transnational knowledge exchange". More than 150 experts, students, pupils, scientists, NGO representatives, politicians and civil servants gathered at the University of Graz on 21 of January 2016, to learn more about the GAP and discuss further steps to foster ESD on a local, national and transnational level. They also reflected with local, national and international partners on the current GAP implementation in Austria. Read more

EduCamp ESD Teaching Kits

The EduCamp kits are novel tools to support student-centred teaching methodologies. They assist teachers in implementing ESD in their in/outdoor activities. There are five teaching kits in the areas of Our World, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Energy, and Water. All of the materials provided in these four books focus on the implementation of student-centred pedagogical approaches on ESD topics through experiments, class discussions, debates, role plays, games, and other methods. Read more

UN General Assembly reaffirms role of ESD

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing Education for Sustainable Development as “a vital means of implementation for sustainable development”, taking note of UNESCO's final report on the UN Decade of ESD, and reaffirming UNESCO’s lead. Read more

#KnowYourGoals Campaign by SDSN-Youth

In partnership with Eco Boys and Girls, Oikos International, Project Everyone, Action/2015 and The World's Largest Lesson, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth (SDSN-Y) launched the ‪#‎KnowYourGoals global campaign. It has now spread over 42 countries and has reached more than 10,000 individuals.

Indian Cities Assess Potential for District Energy

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has initiated a project to help Indian cities accelerate their transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development through modern District Energy Systems (DES). Entitled “Renewable Energy Efficiency in Buildings & Cities: Assessing Potential for District Energy Systems (DES) in Indian Cities”, the project aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to local governments and stakeholders in India to develop a replicable modern district energy approach, particularly for district cooling, that can be further scaled up across the country. Read more

Global Education Conversation 2016 – watch the outcomes of the Education World Forum

The Education World Forum took place from 17 to 20 January 2016. The event saw ministers and their senior advisers representing over 80 per cent of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy. Watch the video: Global Education Conversation 2016 .

Can you imagine a Clean World?

A Clean World is exactly what Let's Do It! World is after, when organising a World Cleanup Day 8 September 2018. They intend to engage the whole world from for one big World Cleanup Day, to collect trash. Let’s Do It! A world a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country (10,000 tonnes of waste) in just five hours. Since then, with the help of volunteers, the model—one country in one day— spread around the world. To date, 112 countries and 14,5 million people have joined and cleaned up more than 500,000 tonnes of illegal waste. In order to prepare for World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It! World are looking for people and partners, using existing know-how on sensible waste management practices and seeking for more, to create a Clean World plan. Read more

ESD recognized in COP21 agreement

The critical role of education in climate change was given the stamp of approval at the international climate conference, COP21, in Paris in December. Article 12 on education states that “parties shall cooperate in taking measures…to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.” Read more

 

ESD Books, Publications and Other

 

The Open Government Guide Special Edition: Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

To support OGP countries’ pledge to use future national action plans to spur progress across the 17 SDGs, the OGP Support Unit and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative present this special edition of the Open Government Guide. Read more

Manual for evaluating and monitoring partnerships, UNESCO and WEF

This manual is for practitioners of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. These are voluntary initiatives involving government, business and civil society players to seek to bring about positive change in education towards the Education for ALL goal. Read more

UNESCO Guide for evaluating and monitoring community-based projects

Although published in 2009, this guide is still useful for anyone setting up, planning or working with community development projects. Read more

A call for joint action to achieve the SDGs: Advancing integrated solutions to accelerate change

Joint statement by important organizations (UNEP, UN Habitat, ICLEI, CBD, WRI, WWF, IUCN, and the Inter-parliamentary Union) to commit to the multi-stakeholder partnership approach and to scale up action towards the SDGs. Read more

 

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.

Ecomuseums Toolkit Now Available

Please see this important email message from Glenn Sutter regarding the availability of a new ecomuseums toolkit (attached below)!--Roger

Hi everyone,

As chair of the Steering Committee for the Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative, I am pleased to attach an important document that we have been working on over the last few months. Written mostly by James Ingold and recently published by Heritage Saskatchewan and the Museums Association of Saskatchewan, it offers a framework or “toolkit” that organizations and communities can use to help an ecomuseum get underway, or to flourish where the idea has already taken root. 

Through this note, I’m sending this document to over 60 people who are interested in or actively working with ecomuseums, with copies to the Steering Committee. Please feel free to forward it to others who might want to know about the model, along with this link to the ecomuseum portion of the Heritage Saskatchewan website: https://heritagesask.ca/reframing-heritage/community-development/ecomuseums.

If you would prefer to have physical copies of the document, just shoot me an email with your mailing address and how many you need.

Cheers!

Glenn

Glenn C. Sutter, Ph.D.
Government of Saskatchewan
Research Scientist - Curator of Human Ecology
glenn.sutter@gov.sk.ca

Outcomes from UN Education as a Driver for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Conference (Ahmedabad), Jan 11-13, 2016

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

I am forwarding to you an email from our colleague, Dr. Kim Smith, Coordinator of RCE Greater Portland who, along with me and several other RCE representatives attended the UN Conference on "Education as a Driver for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" in Ahmedabad, India, from January 11-13, 2016. You will recall the UN adopted 17 SDGs in September, 2015, to guide the global UN agenda until 2030. Her email below outlines the important accomplishments of the Ahmedabad conference as well as providing important links and attachments. I should note that I was part of group #12 focusing on education for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/comments and/or if you would like me to share these with Dr. Smith and the UN University.

Also, a quick reminder about submitting nominations for the 8th RCE Saskatchewan ESD Recognition Event. These are due March 31st. The event is May 4th in Fort Qu'Appelle. See the following link for application forms and guides in a variety of formats (I will also attach them in PDF format):

http://www.rceskrecognitionevent.com/

Best wishes,

Roger Petry

 

>>> Kim Smith <kdsmith@pcc.edu> 02/09/16 5:11 PM >>>

Hello, dear RCE colleagues.

 

Hope this finds you well.  Sharing a big update that I hope will help all of our RCEs.

 

Last month, Ikuno, Unni, Roger, Betsan, Gordon, and I had the opportunity to represent the UNU-IAS at the U.N. conference on Education as a Driver for the SDGs.  It was a big success and the recommendations are now in.  Over 750 participants from 22 countries met and developed the new Ahmedabad Plan of Action and a series of recommendations for each of the goals. We were really able to explore Agenda 2030 and ways to utilize formal and nonformal education, workforce training, and public awareness campaigns to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO's Global Action Programme on ESD.  The opportunity to really drill down into how each sector can contribute to the SDGs was incredibly worthwhile.

 

Since I was on the higher education team, I will attach our recommendations.  Working on pulling all of the recommendations into one document and can attach that later vs. having to click on each link.

 

Please review the links and documents and share with your teams.  How can our RCEs help move these recommendations forward? Not sure what other countries' Global Action Programmes (GAP) for ESD look like, but I am attaching the U.S. GAP, in case it is helpful to you.  

 

I hope that our shared RCE reporting structure will help document our good work and can be shared within our own RCEs and beyond.

 

Happy to answer any questions on the conference or outcome documents.

 

Best wishes,

Kim

RCE e-Bulletin 54: January 2016

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

On 27-28 November 2015, the 10th Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs was held at the United Nations University in Tokyo. As a result of this meeting, the global RCE network now includes eight new members and the total number of RCEs reaches 146, as of January 2016. It is my privilege to welcome South Rift (Kenya), Greater Kampala (Uganda), Greater Masaka (Uganda), Chennai (India), Maha Sarakham (Thailand), Cuenca del Plata (Argentina), Hokkaido Central (Japan), and Tasmania (Australia) to the global RCE network.

This past year has been an eventful one for the ESD community. 2015 was the inaugural year of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and we also saw the launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN General Assembly. ESD will play a crucial role in the implementation of all of these goals, and the RCE community is ideally positioned to use local and regional actions to bring about global sustainability objectives. We look forward to engaging with you on both the implementation of the GAP as well as contributing to the SDGs.

Based on the internal review undertaken in early 2015, the ESD Programme has developed a new strategic direction which aims at making tangible contributions to the implementation of the SDGs through education and learning. In order to put into practice our strategic direction in partnership with the RCE community, we have developed an RCE Roadmap to serve as a guide for the coming years. This document provides an overview of activities that the ESD Programme will be actively engaged with among the RCE community. While pursuing your own sustainability projects and activities, RCEs are also encouraged to engage with any action items highlighted within the Roadmap.

Strengthening the RCE network and finding synergies among RCEs has been one of our priority matters and this will remain the same in the years to come. The RCE Service Centre will be available to help synergize actions within and beyond the RCE network. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to our further collaboration.

With the best wishes for the coming year!

Kazu Takemoto

Director, the Global RCE Service Centre

UNU-IAS

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organised by RCEs

Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Australia and New Zealand

1-2 August, 2016

Melbourne, Australia

The event, hosted by RMIT University, is co-organised by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme, and run by Manchester Metropolitan University and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to provide researchers in Australia and New Zealand with an opportunity to present their work and exchange ideas. Read more

 

Other Events

'Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability' Urban Thinkers Campus

16 February 2016

Melbourne, Australia

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and World Vision International, with the support of RMIT University, are organising the first Urban Thinkers Campus. The event is part of a UN-Habitat global campaign to inform the New Urban Agenda, to be launched at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Ecuador in October 2016. Read more

 

5th International Conference on Language and Education

19-21 October, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) will be organizing the 5th International Conference on Language and Education in October. During the event participants will take stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline for submission of papers is 30 March 2016. Read more

 

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, a new vision: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Development

14-17 March 2016, Lima, Peru Read more

 

Global Summit on Childhood - Creating a Better World for Children and Youth through Sustainability, Social Innovation, and Synergy

31 March – April 2016, San Jose, Costa Rica Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.

 

Open Calls

 

Online course “Leaders of change: helping African policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”

Agents of change will need to effectively interplay with politics, and develop the skills to match evidence with decisions and policy management. The course starts on March 28. Read more

Online course: Engaging citizens - a game changer for development?

This MOOC has been developed to explore what is meant by citizen engagement and how it can be used to enhance development impact. Sessions start beginning of February. Read more

Apply Now for the UNU-IAS 2016 Master’s and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for the September 2016 admission to its Master of Science in Sustainability programme, and it’s PhD in Sustainability Science programme. The application deadlines are 18 March 2016 and 28 April 2016 respectively. Read more

Apply Now for the UNU-IAS 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes

UNU is now accepting applications for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme and the UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. Jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The application deadline is 29 February 2016. Read more

PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste

Applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences and natural sciences are invited for the PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste. This is a joint degree programme of UNU and the Technische Universität Dresden. Read more

“GEF-Satoyama Project” Announces the Second Call for Proposals

UNU-IAS’ GEF-Satoyama Project announces the second Call for Proposals for site-based projects in two biodiversity hot spots: “Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hot spot” and “Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hot spot”. Proposals can be submitted until 23 February 2016. Read more

Nominations are open for the World of Children Award

The World of Children Award is currently inviting applications for its 2016 Grants Program. They provide funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective change makers for children worldwide. Read more

10 YFP on SCP calls for proposals on sustainable buildings and construction

The 10 Year Framework on Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production launched the 5th call for proposals on Sustainable Buildings and Construction. Governments and NGOs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition can apply. Up to USD 500,000 are available to support up to three project proposals. Deadline for application is 4 February. Read more

Call for papers on Sustainable Cities

To promote understanding and global awareness of critical urban issues, and to contribute to the intergovernmental debate on cities and sustainable urban development, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, calls for papers for a special Issue on “Sustainable Cities.” The deadline for submission is 15 February 2016. Read more

Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation (SCI) at Cape Breton University (CBU) offers a flexible online programme for part time study. The programme is designed for formal and non-formal educators, administrators, teachers, and environmental and sustainability leaders. Read more

Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB-JSP)

1-2 year scholarships are awarded at designated institutions in the Asia and Pacific region. Studies in economics, business and management, science and technology and other development-related fields are eligible. Deadline is 31 March 2016. Read more

New Schedule: Online Course Foundations of Sociocracy

The online course "Foundations of Sociocracy" has now been postponed to March and April. Read more

More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on the RCE portal.

 

Latest News

 

First Capacity Building Forum of IPBES - “Opportunities for aligned investments in ecological knowledge for sustainable development"

The first IPBES Capacity Building Forum “Opportunities for aligned investments in ecological knowledge for sustainable development” was held from 19-22 October 2015 at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. It deliberated on issues such as the overall capacity building strategy and experiences of institutions and networks involved in capacity building, and the IPBES assessment fellowship programme. An important issue was the development of a web-based matchmaking facility to support the alignment of financial and technical resources. Read more

MCII helps “G7 InsuResilience” implement climate insurance for the vulnerable

At COP21 in Paris, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) presented key findings on how the G7 InsuReslience initiative can meet the needs of poor and vulnerable people facing climate risks. The aim is to give up to 400 million people access to direct or indirect climate risk insurance, by 2020. Read the article here. A summarised info graphic can be downloaded here.

miniSASS is a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river

miniSASSis a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river. The results can be placed on Google Earth and a mobile phone App is in the development Stage. Jim Taylor, Director of WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), and coordinator of RCE KwaZulu Natal explained “through miniSASS you can learn about rivers,… monitor them and take action to improve our precious water resources.” Read more

Launch of a “Smart Sustainable Cities” online community

Early this year an online platform was launched by the United Nations to assist cities to become more sustainable. It aims to identify challenges that are having an impact on urban development across the world. The launch of the Smart Sustainable Cities online community comes ahead of the first World Smart City Forum to be held in Singapore in July. Read more

RCE Youth Network Africa is now on facebook and twitter

The RCE Youth Network Africa has recently launched its facebook and twitter accounts. They will be sharing resources to advance the global sustainability, especially in Africa.

RCE Greater Portland Co-Founder Sponsors the 2015 EcoChallenge

Almost 10 % of the 4,333 participants in last year’s EcoChallenge, belonged to one of RCE Greater Portland’s partners. The international RCE team participated with 36 RCE members from Japan, India, Colombia, Zambia, and Kenya. There were also many youth participants from Bogotá and Columbia blogging in Spanish. The EcoChallenge provided RCE members with an innovative space to share information on ESD related activities among RCE members. Read more

RCEs from The Netherlands and Germany join hands to connect Youth to the outdoors

AceWild is an initiative that shows schools with pupils aged 11-16, how they can support disadvantaged young people in gaining qualifications and work opportunities in the outdoors. RCEs from The Netherlands and Germany met with project partners during several meetings to discuss methodology and practical implications of these courses. Read more

RCE Dublin and RCE Oldenburger Münsterland meet at UNESCO conference

The UNESCO conference Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development held in Daugavpils, Latvia on 2-3 December 2015, was a good opportunity for several RCE members and Charles Hopkins, regional advisor to the RCEs of the Americas, to connect. Detlev Lindau-Bank from RCE Oldenburger Münsterland presented the AceWild initiative and RCE Dublin showcased the teaching method “disruptive pedagogical intervention” to engage university students in ESD. In a separate meeting between them, it was agreed to exchange appropriate teaching methods with the European RCE community as a possible platform. Read more

ESD Okayama Award ceremony celebrates inspirational ESD initiatives worldwide and at home

The ESD Okayama Award was established in 2015 to showcase and promote ESD worldwide. 50 applicants applied for the Award with 29 applicants from 27 countries and 21 national applications from Japan. 30 applications were received for the ‘Okayama Regional Awards’. Videos of the finalists and an overview of the Award winners are now on the RCE Portal. Read more

RCE Iskandar creates low carbon awareness among pupils

RCE Iskandar, in collaboration with many stakeholders and ESD experts, successfully organized the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2015. The Ecolife Challenge was a great success: in September and October of 2015, about 27,000 of all Year 6 students in 226 primary schools had completed the Ecolife Challenge workbook, which covered a wide range of topics. Read more

Climate Change Challenge Badge

The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) supports the achievement of the SDGs through activities such as the UN Challenge Badges and by encouraging young people to be active citizens in their communities. The climate change challenge badge is now available! Read more

Going High-Tech for Syrian Refugees – Jonathan Yee co-founds Ahlain

Jonathan Yee, a committed Youth representative within the Global RCE Network attached to RCE Saskatchewan, Canada, member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and a strong advocate on sustainability issues, recently co-founded Ahlain - an educational platform that addresses the challenges Canada is facing by the escalating influx of refugees. Ahlain is an educational ICT platform that provides educational videos to help Syrian families integrate into Canadian society. Read more

UNU celebrates 40th Anniversary with symposium on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 6 November 2015 the United Nations University organized the symposium Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of a series of events celebrating 40 years of UNU’s academic work. The symposium considered the adoption of the 2030 Agenda by UN Member States and the challenges faced by this ambitious global plan and the 17 SDGs. Read more

 

ESD Books, Publications and Other

 

Research and Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Wim Lambrechts and James Hindson (editors), 2016 - with contributions by RCE Penang and UNU-IAS on Chapter 4 “Schooling for Education for Sustainable Development: The contributions of Asia-Pacific” based on a survey made by RCE Penang across the Asia-Pacific RCEs (p. 44).

This book is the outcome of the work of Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI) and the European project CoDeS, Collaboration of Schools and Communities for Sustainable Development (2011-2014). The book can be downloaded here.

Development Co-operation Report 2015: Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action

The report is based on analysis and experience, and draws out ten success factors that show how partnerships function to their maximum potential to be fit-for-purpose in addressing the imposing challenges of the post-2015 world. The report can be downloaded here and a summarized info graphic here.

Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol. 1

The “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review” is a publication series, comprising a compilation of case studies related to “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”. The publication can be downloaded here.

Japan’s Development Assistance ― Foreign Aid and the Post-2015 Agenda

edited by Hiroshi Kato, John Page and Yasutami Shimomura (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

This book is the result of research in “Japan and the Developing World: 60 Years of Japan’s ODA and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” It shows that Japan has ample lessons to offer to the international community. In one chapter, the book discusses how Japan linked to the UN to achieve its strategic goals. Read more.

UN-ESCAP report: Integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development

The UN-ESCAP report introduces useful concepts and practical tools to assist policymakers in promoting integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development across the policy cycle. It explores the use of qualitative and quantitative analyses. The report can be downloaded here.

MDG Gap Task Force Reports on Millennium Development Goal 8

The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2014 “The State of the Global Partnership for Development Report” identifies implementation gaps to achieve the MDGs and provides recommendations. The report can be downloaded here.

National Plan of New Urbanization (2014-2020) for China released

In China urbanization has increased from 18% to 54% since 1978. These urbanization processes are the main driving force for social and economic development, but the old way of urbanization is no longer considered as desirable. New strategies and goals are needed. Download the report here.

Critical milestones towards a coherent, efficient, and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level

A report by the Secretary General on the critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 sustainable development agenda is available here.

 

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

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