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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




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.

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: 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

RCE E-Bulletin 47: May 2015

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Issue 47: May 2015

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear colleagues and friends,

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

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

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



Global RCE Service Centre


Upcoming Events


Events organized by UNU-IAS

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

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

5-16 October 2015

Delhi, India

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

Events organized by RCE members

RCE Conference of the Americas

9-12 August 2015

Grand Rapids, USA

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

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

Other Events

Workshop: Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios

2-4 September 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

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

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


Open Calls


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Latest News


RCE Bohol provided skills and professional development training with island locals

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


West Michigan Community Sustainability Partnerships Ignite

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

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

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

Media and Other Articles


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

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

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

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

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

World Economic Forum: The Human Capital Report 2015

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




Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems- Espoo Innovation Garden

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

Policy Paper from the EFA Global Monitoring Report

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


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

If you wish to contribute to the monthly bulletin or have news, upcoming events, or publications, you would like to share, please use this form. You can mail it to the Global RCE Service Centre: 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

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: 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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