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Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) Job Postings

Dear all,

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), based at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, is seeking to fill several positions.

We greatly appreciate your assistance in distributing these postings to your networks via email and/or social media. 

Research Fellow

The Research Fellow will assist in the coordination of SEPN’s national sustainability education research network and develop funding proposals, undertake research projects, and generate strategically targeted reports and publications based on SEPN’s findings. This full time position is for up to a three-year term and may be held as a postdoctoral fellowship if preferred. Click here to see the posting.

Postdoctoral Fellow

This fellowship will focus on developing and mobilizing research-based models of exemplary sustainability policy and practice at the early childhood to grade 12 and/or post-secondary education levels.  This  one to two year term position is expected to begin May or September, 2016.  Click here for the posting.

Data Analyst

SEPN is seeking applicants for a 0.4 FTE Data Analyst to manage, create, and maintain SEPN’s databases.  Candidates should have experience with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.  The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to publications. The posting may be found here.

Knowledge Mobilization Specialist

The Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Specialist will take a lead role in developing, implementing, and coordinating SEPN’s KM strategy.  This position involves mobilizing SEPN’s research results, developing innovative, powerful content strategically targeted to SEPN’s stakeholders and key audiences.  The position is 0.4 FTE for up to a three-year term.  Click here to see the posting.

There is a preference for all positions to be based at the University of Saskatchewan; however, remote work with some commuting to the University of Saskatchewan may be negotiated for strong candidates. 

For information on SEPN, visit  All of SEPN’s job postings are available at

Inquiries and applications may be sent to SEPN’s Project Manager, Nicola Chopin, at

Best regards,


UN University RCE E-Bulletin: July 2015

Issue 49: July 2015

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear colleagues and friends,

At the beginning of the year, I delivered a message on the events that transpired in Japan last November, marking the conclusion of the UN DESD and to which the RCE community made meaningful contributions. I emphasized that UNU-IAS is committed to continuing its support for ESD activities beyond the Decade. As indicated in my message, an internal review of the UNU-IAS’ ESD Programme was undertaken early this year, reflecting on a decade of achievements in order to reposition the ESD Programme initiatives and shape its new strategic direction in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD.

The internal review has produced salient findings/recommendations which served as a base for defining the Programme’s new strategic direction and action plan for 2015 and beyond. Key elements include subjects on relevance in terms of SD/ESD policy-practice linkages and capacities and competencies development; quality and impact; integration, synergy and coordination; research niche; dissemination of outputs; effectiveness of management; appropriateness and adequacy of human resources; generation and use of financial resources; integration of important associated ESD issues; and adaptability to change of programme elements and priority areas.

Taking all these points into consideration, the ESD Programme developed a new strategic direction focusing on a tangible contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. It will be addressed through accelerating regional and local solutions to sustainability issues; re-orienting higher education for societal transformation into SD; and developing SD and ESD competences and capabilities as well as a science-policy interface. Among a number of international sustainability agendas and processes, the ESD Programme has also identified four priority areas to be focused on in the next coming years - namely, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD; Sustainability Consumption and Production; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction; and Higher Education-driven Initiatives.

Such aspirations will not be achievable without strong commitments of individual RCEs and strategic partnership of the global RCE network as well as the cooperation of other ESD-related networks. UNU-IAS, through the Global RCE Service Centre, is committed to continue its support for further strengthening the global RCE network in every possible way. In this regard, your proactive cooperation and collaboration are very much appreciated. For more information on our new strategic direction, please refer to the ESD Programme’s new flyer.

Finally, I would like to inform you that there will be no face-to-face Global RCE Conference this year, but again, let me emphasize that we will mobilise our resources to support the regional meetings as well as various leadership programmes and capacity development activities related to the above-mentioned priority focus areas. For those who are interested in hosting/co-organising any future RCE regional meetings/conferences as well as a Global RCE Conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In conclusion, I wish you all the best and thank you for all your wonderful work and continuous support.


Kazu Takemoto

Director, Global RCE Service Centre


Upcoming Events


Events organised by RCE members

2015 RCE Conference of the Americas

9-12 August, 2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

RCE Grand Rapids is honoured to host the RCE Conference of the Americas this year. The conference will provide a global platform that elevates the conversation around ESD, with a focus on the impact of water resources. Influential thinkers, researchers, authors, academics, and educators from the Americas and beyond are welcome to participate. Outcomes of the conference on ESD will impact and guide the implementation of future work of the RCEs.

The Youth Session led by Jonathan Yee of RCE Saskatchewan on 10 August, will focus on activities and issues of the RCE Youth Network. In addition to this, there will be a strategic session on 11 August, where RCEs of the Americas will discuss future directions and actions to take towards the next regional conference. For more details visit the conference website.

Please also note that this conference will be live streamed, so please join this conference through this link.

RCE Conference of the German Speaking RCEs

17 September 2015

RCE Munich is hosting this year’s German speaking RCEs meeting on 17 September 2015. Currently the list of participating RCEs include: RCE Hamburg, RCE Oldenburger Münsterland, RCE Ruhr, RCE Nürnberg, RCE Munich, RCE Southern Black Forest, RCE Rhine-Meuse, RCE Graz-Styria, RCE Vienna, and RCE Europe Region Tyrol. Major items on the agenda are the activities in each country and the collaboration of RCEs there. More information will be posted on the RCE Portal.

5th RCE Conference of Africa

14-16 October, 2015

Entebbe, Uganda

RCE Greater Eastern Uganda is honoured to host the next African RCE Conference. Please mark your calendar so that you can attend the conference! More details will be announced through the RCE Portal and the RCE Bulletin in due course.

Other Events

Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development

21-25 September, 2015

Shanghai, China

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development is an annual flagship programme co-hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Tongji University, aiming to build capacity for emerging leaders from the Asia Pacific region on holistic sustainability thinking and evidence based approaches for effective action. The Programme is organised by the Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) at Tongji University, in support of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-14, and closely linked with the training pillar of the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).

The Programme will provide participants from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to improve all-round thinking and decision-making abilities of emerging leaders, representing governmental organisations, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector. The programme also aims at understanding and balancing the three key dimensions – human, environmental and social/economic – in promoting sustainable development. Finally the objective is to set up a platform for emerging leaders in the region to communicate and network with each other, while working together to address complex practical sustainable development challenges. For more information please visit the news section on ProSPER.Net.

From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action (HESI)

14 October 2015

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

HESI was created by a consortium of UN entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact and UNU) in the run up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20). In advance of the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), HESI will organize an event to take stock of progress made since Rio+20, by sharing best practices and lessons learned, and discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovations around climate change adaptation and mitigation. Other objectives are to encourage new or enhanced commitments by HESI members, particularly around the facilitation of academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies and compose a message and a set of policy recommendations to be presented to the UNFCC Secretariat at COP21.

In preparing for the event, UN-DESA is developing a progress report on the impact of Higher Education institutions in advancing sustainable development and climate change. Contributions from higher education institutions are sought, in responding to specific questions. To register for the event, for more information and if you wish to contribute please click here. To become a member of the HESI network please follow this link.

Open Calls


10 YFP on SCP - 3rd Call for Proposals, USD 500,000 funds available

The Secretariat of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) is pleased to inform you that the Third Call for Proposals of the 10YFP Trust Fund has been launched.

This third call for proposals focuses on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education. Governments and not-for-profit organizations in developing countries and countries with economies in transition are invited to submit proposals to respond to this call. The total available funds are USD 500,000. Deadline for application is the 11 September 2015, 6pm EST. All related information can be found here. For more information, please and Seraphine Haeussling.

“ESD Okayama Award” by RCE Okayama

Okayama City is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘ESD Okayama Award’, in cooperation with the ESD Okayama Award Steering Board, composed of organizations which have been promoting ESD in Japan and around the world.

The Award is aimed to contribute to showcasing and promoting ESD, and supporting the organizations that carry out ESD activities through rewarding good practices in the world. Applications must be received by 25 Sep 2015. Please send the application documents via e-mail or by post. For more information please visit the RCE Portal.

Apply to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum

The Commonwealth Youth Forum, hosted by the Government of Malta, and co-organised with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Council, is one of the four fora held just before CHOGM to help set the agenda for the actual meeting between Heads of Government.

The event brings together youth leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas and share experiences, build skills and networks, identify the most vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today, and make recommendations to decision makers at the highest level. For more information please visit the website.

Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia – 2015 Edition

The second edition of the e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia” will take place 21 September – 13 November, 2015. The course aims to develop and strengthen ability of national actors in the Asia and the Pacific region to incorporate sustainable consumption and production (SCP) into national governance. This e-learning event has been developed jointly by UNEP and UNITAR, within the framework of the SWITCH-Asia Programme. For more information please go to the website.

Wege Prize for Undergraduates

Now in its third year, Wege Prize is a yearly transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five undergraduate students the chance to work collaboratively, using design thinking principles, and contend for USD 30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like. Teams must work across institutional and disciplinary boundaries to develop a product, service, or business model that can function within and contribute to a circular economy, a tightly looped, restorative economic cycle where resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the loss of revenue. For more information please visit the Wege Prize Forum website.

Become a member of SDSN

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites youth-led and youth-focused institutions, groups, NGOs, university clubs and societies to join a global problem-solving network for sustainable development. Participation in the SDSN Youth is open to university clubs and societies, youth-led and youth-focused research institutes, NGOs, science-oriented youth groups, and other organisations that have an expertise in one or more areas related to sustainable development, and who commit a substantial amount of their own resources and activities to work towards research, advocacy, education or implementing solutions for sustainable development. For more information please visit SDSN.

Two ESD-related PhDs at London South Bank University Available

Applications are welcome for two full-time, funded PhDs, commencing in September 2015 in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. The scholarships cover fees and offer a stipend of £15,000 p.a. for three years. For more information click here.

Latest News


Winners of the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award (YSA)

On July 27th, 2015, the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme at UNU-IAS welcomed eight young researchers from the Asia-Pacific region to the ProSPER.Net-Scopus YSA Symposium. The event gave researchers with outstanding contributions in the field of sustainable development, a chance to present their research to both senior scholars as well as their peers. Their outstanding contributions were aimed at receiving the top prize in one of the three fields energy, water, and biodiversity.

This year’s winners were Dr. Ravichandar Babarao (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) in the energy category, Dr. Hongwei Bai (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) in the water category, and Dr. Jaswinder Singh (Khaksa College Amritsar, India) for biodiversity Dr. Babarao presented on the applications of an organic metal matrix for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide produced from combustion of conventional fossil fuels for energy. Dr. Bai presented on a synthetic membrane for water filtration that can be applied within city hydro-systems for clean drinking water. Dr. Singh presented on the application of a worm species for soil filtration and fertilizer in agriculture. For more information on this event and the full proceedings please visit ProSPER.Net.

Young Leaders ESD-Water Camp for ASPnet and Kelab Sejahtera Schools 2015

From 28 to 30 July 2015, RCE Penang, the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO (SKUM) and UNESCO Malaysia International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP Malaysia) organised the “Young Leaders ESD-Water Camp for ASPnet and Kelab Sejahtera Schools 2015”. The camp was held at Northern Multimedia College, Taiping and Kuala Sepetang, Perak Darul Ridzuan. It aimed at building students' knowledge and capacities on water issues and river ecosystems. A total of 51 secondary school students (aged 14 to 16 years old) and 16 teachers from 16 ASPnet and Kelab Sejahtera Schools from all over the country participated in this camp.

During the camp, participants engaged to further commit to sustainable development and water education. Ten different water education agencies from all over Malaysia organised various lectures, group discussions, learning games, practical modules and workshops for both teachers and students. For more information, please contact Muhammad Ammar Mohd Aziz.

Capacity Development Seminar for Green Economy and SCP in Kyrgyzstan

The seminar in Kyrgyzstan dedicated to developing green skills in small companies was hosted by RCE Kyrgyzstan, State Agency of Environmental Protection with support from representatives of the State Agency of TVET and was held on 30 March – 1 April. Participants comprised businesses, governmental agencies (representing TVET and Environmental Protection), educational institutions from the TVET system, NGOs, as well as three UN agencies – UNECE, UNU-IAS and UNDP.

The concepts of green economy and cleaner and resource efficient production and responsible business practices were presented in such a format that participants who had considered these topics abstract prior to the seminar, were able to join in the discussions. A link with the set of concepts related to SD and ESD competencies was also successfully drawn. Four specific action lines (with different degree of complexities) were discussed: these included the creation of the ongoing platform for interaction on the issue, training for the SMEs, introduction of the relevant competencies into the TVET system, and the process of a methodological development.

During the seminar, it was concluded that if one acts quickly, in principle, green skills and ESD competencies can be introduced into the TVET system through the TVET Agency (at the state level). The person who represented the Agency was also attending. They would, however, need help in interpreting green, i.e. cleaner production, skills as well as SD competencies. Collaborative processes between UNUECE and UNU-IAS could be explored, to for example develop a process of developing professional qualifications of TVET graduates. Another idea discussed was to help the TVET colleagues to put together a course for the small entrepreneurs on resource efficient and cleaner production - something that was requested during the meeting by the representatives of the business.

ISAP 2015 in Brief

The seventh annual International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) held in Yokohama, Japan this July focused on the impacts of climate change and the need for building multi-stakeholder partnerships to respond to it. With the majority of the world’s human population as well, as a huge share of its biodiversity, it’s clear why the stakes are so high for the nations of Asia and the Pacific. To read the full blurp on ISAP please visit ProSPER.Net.

RCE Srinagar celebrates several International Days

RCE Srinagar with CEE Himalaya, JSW Foundation and UNICEF celebrated International Women’s Day. They called upon women’s participation in water, sanitation and the hygiene sector, to help stop defecating in the open and getting toilets constructed at home, observing behaviour changes like washing hands at critical times, using safe water for drinking and cooking and practicing personal hygiene.

During the World Water Day celebration, the contamination of water sources due to open defecation was highlighted as well as how people suffer from various diseases and children dying in large numbers due to diarrhoea. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the importance of biodiversity for proper functioning of the Earth’s ecosystem and how it has been getting adversely affected during recent times was emphasized. The rapid loss of biodiversity was discussed and biodiversity conservation was emphasized. During World Environment Day, the effects of increasing consumerism and decreasing one’s footprint by consuming less as well as improving one’s handprint by doing positive actions leading to environmental sustainability, were discussed.

Media and Other Articles


TED Talk: The inside story why the pope decided to support science

UGEC Blog: Formulating and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal: Applied urban research with immediate impact and Urbanization and global environmental change: A matter of politics? and Do cities have the institutional capacity to address climate change?

UN Radio: 193 Countries sign off on new global development agenda

UN Radio: Millions of lives saved thanks to poverty goals but many are still left behind amid MDG success.

UN Radio: Education is essential to a life of dignity for all. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening of the Oslo Summit on Education for Development. For Mr Ban, the gathering was an opportunity to mobilize political commitment and to reaffirm what he called "the human right to education." The two-day Oslo Summit on Education for Development focused on four themes: girls, emergencies, investments and the quality of education. Mr Ban said progress on these issues will advance the global campaign for a better future. "This Oslo Summit is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education. It is an opportunity to mobilize political commitment. And it is our moment to galvanize international support for education as the world prepares to adopt a new set of sustainable development goals to guide the struggle to achieve a life of dignity for all."

The UN chief also welcomed the establishment of a commission on the financing of global education. It will be led by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former United Kingdom Prime Minister.

UN News: Ban welcomes UN Assembly’s endorsement of action plan on post-2015 development financing

UN Radio: US climate change plan shows "visionary leadership"

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

Hot Off the Press: ESD Books, Publications and Other


Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015

The most successful anti-poverty movement in history has yielded dramatic results in reducing poverty, promoting gender parity and fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. The findings come in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015which highlights significant global achievements since world leaders launched the eight MDGs in the year 2000. The report compiles data from over 28 UN and international agencies which have been monitoring progress on the goals, whose deadline is this year.

Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan puts out a quarterly (Japan Environment Quarterly) to introduce its policies and activities in English. The tenth volume of JEQ, which features the Post-2015 Development Agenda, has just been published. The current volume can be found on the MOEJ website.

The Age of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey D. Sachs. Foreword by Ban Ki-moon (Columbia University Press, 2015)

The Challenge of Sustainability: linking politics, education, and learning

Editors: Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade (Policy Press, 2015)

Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures

Editors: Peter Blaze Corcoran and Brandon Hollingshead (Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2014)

Do We Know What We Are Doing? Reflections on Learning, Knowledge, Economics, Community and Sustainability

Author: Rolf Jucker (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)

Schooling for Sustainable Development in Europe – Concepts, Policies and Educational Experiences at the End of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Editors: Rolf Jucker, Reiner Mathar (Springer, 2015)

Educating for Hope in Troubled Times: Climate change and the transition to a post-carbon future

Author/Editor: David Hicks (IOE Press, 2014)


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: 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 (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: Issue 39: September 2014

Issue 39: September 2014

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


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

Dear colleagues and friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission of Annual Reports

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

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

Best wishes,

The Global RCE Service Centre



Upcoming Events


Events organized by UNU-IAS

9th Global RCE Conference

4–7 November 2014

Okayama, Japan

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

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

9 November 2014

Aichi, Nagoya

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

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

7–20 December 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will hold the forthcoming UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific. The strategic objective of the Winter School is to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in Asia and the Pacific in the area of SCP and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management.

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

Events organized by RCE members

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

3 October 2014

Prague, Czech Republic

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

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

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

9–12 October 2014

Okayama, Japan

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

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

10–12 February 2015

Curitiba, Brazil

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

Other Events

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

21–22 October 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

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

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

26–29 October 2014

Portland, Oregon

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

The European Organisation for Sustainable Development: Greening Education Event

29–31 October, 2014

Karlsruhe, Germany

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

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

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

UNESCO World Conference on ESD

10–12 November 2014

Aichi-Nagoya, Japan

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

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

Latest News


Mobile Bus Exhibition on Biodiversity initiated by RCE Lucknow

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

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

30 July and 12 August 2014

Punjab and Uttarakhand, India

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

7th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

26–28 August 2014

Penang, Malaysia

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

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

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

2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

3–5 September 2014

Manchester, UK

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

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

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

9 September 2014

Hamburg, Germany

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

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

9–12 September 2014

Windhoek, Namibia

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

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



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

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

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

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


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Key Documents from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas, July 28-30, 2014

Please find attached 3 key documents emerging from the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas, July 28-30, 2014. The first is a general statement of commitment emerging from the meeting to help shape future directions of the RCEs in the Americas and inform continental and global ESD processes. The 2nd is a set of specific project commitments identifying various RCEs. Lastly, the third is the final agenda for the meeting in Spanish.--Roger

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