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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 www.sepn.ca.  All of SEPN’s job postings are available at http://sepn.ca/get-involved/employment-opportunities/.

Inquiries and applications may be sent to SEPN’s Project Manager, Nicola Chopin, at nicola.chopin@usask.ca.

Best regards,

Nicola

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.

Sincerely,

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 contact:10YFP@unep.org 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: rceservicecentre@unu.edu. Submissions must be made by the 15th of every month. In addition, we encourage you to continue using the RCE Portal to exchange ideas, share expertise and resources and deliberate emerging sustainability issues towards ESD implementation at a global level.

Please send your comments, suggestions and materials to rceservicecentre@unu.edu.

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: rceservicecentre@unu.edu, 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.

 

Sincerely,

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 sd.bgk@unesco.org 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!

 

Publications

 

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.

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RCE E-Bulletin: Issue 43 (January 2015)

Issue 43: January 2015

Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:

Dear colleagues and friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

Last November, the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (WCESD) concluded the UN Decade of ESD (DESD) with great success and launched the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. Thanks to your active participation, we made a significant contribution to the success of the WCESD through the 9th Global RCE Conference, which was organized in Okayama, Japan as part of the official stakeholders’ meetings. I am happy to inform you that the GAP was adopted at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly as the follow-up to the DESD in December 2014. UNU-IAS and the global RCE network are committed to implementing the GAP’s five priority areas, and in this regard, I seek your continued support and cooperation.

It is also my great pleasure to share with you that, as a result of the 9th Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs, which was held on 3–4 November 2014, the global RCE network now comprises 135 RCEs. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome six new RCEs, namely, Central Kenya, Mount Kenya, Central Semenanjung (Malaysia), Iskandar (Malaysia), Black Forest (Germany) and Greater Western Paris.

The GAP is intended to be a concrete, tangible contribution to the post-2015 development agenda. In July 2014, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) submitted its report. to the UN General Assembly and proposed 17 goals and accompanying targets, in which the role of ESD is clearly identified. Under the new strategic direction of UNU-IAS, we are expected to further advance ESD through the global RCE network, while making more substantial contributions to high-level policymaking and debates in the international community, in particular within the UN system.

Keeping all of this in mind, I would like to emphasize that UNU-IAS is committed to continuing its support for ESD activities. In doing so, we will undertake an internal review of the ESD programme over the next couple of months, which will include reviewing the function and operation of the Global RCE Service Centre, and identify priority activities and research projects to be implemented by the Global RCE Service Centre. Based on the result of the review, the work plan for 2015 will be developed by mid-year. For the meantime, we will have to place on hold some events organized by UNU-IAS, except for those events to which we have already committed. A series of events for 2015 will be further determined and announced in the work plan.

That said, any event led by an RCE, and/or multiple RCEs collaboratively, can be arranged as planned. I encourage you to keep the Global RCE Service Centre informed of any activities and make the best use of the RCE Portal for active discussions and collaboration, since the RCE Portal will continue to be fully operational, even during the internal review period. With regard to the acknowledgement of new RCEs, we will resume the application procedures for 2015 as soon as the work plan is put in place.

As we enter 2015, I wish you all a successful year and look forward to our further collaboration.

 

Sincerely,

Kazu Takemoto

Director, Global RCE Service Centre

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Events organized by UNU-IAS
 

8th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting

5-8 March 2015

Cebu and Bohol, Philippines

The 8th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting (AP RCE Meeting) will be organized in Cebu and Bohol, Philippines from 5-8 March 2015 in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (ICERD). This AP RCE Meeting will be a joint collaboration of RCE Cebu, RCE Bohol and RCE Greater Phnom Penh with the support of UNU-IAS.

 

Registration is now open. If you wish to attend the meeting, please download a registration form from the RCE Portal and send it by 30 January 2015 (Friday) to: RCE Cebu, to RCE Bohol and to the Global RCE Service Centre.

Case presentations of the AP RCE members will be held at ICERD on 7 March. If you are interested in making a case presentation at ICERD, please submit your abstract by sending the form to RCE Cebu, RCE Bohol and the Global RCE Service Centre by 30 January 2015 (Friday).

For those who will apply for financial support, please read the instructions included in the registration form. Please note that our financial support will be provided for selected RCE representatives only, who are willing to make a case presentation at ICERD. A visa support request form can also be downloaded here.

A meeting programme will be shared among AP RCE members in due course. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Global RCE Service Centre at any time.

Events organized by RCE members
 

RCE Hamburg: 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions

9-11 September 2015

Hamburg, Germany

The Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, under the auspices of the RCE Hamburg and Region, is organizing the 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development. Thematically, the event will focus on (but is not limited to) education for sustainable development initiatives surrounding themes such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable water management and use, sustainable transport and climate change.

 

The aims of the event are to provide European organizations with an opportunity to display and present their work (i.e. research, activities, practical projects) as they relate to education for, with and about the environment with a focus on initiatives being undertaken at a local, i.e. at the city or regional level; to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, from successful initiatives and good practice; to discuss methodological approaches and projects which the aim to better integrate the work of the various actors in the field of sustainable development and finally to introduce the European RCEs and discuss their activities at the local and regional levels.

Participation is free of charge. The RCE Hamburg and Region are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg next year. For more information please visit the event’s website or go to the RCE Portal.

Other Events
 

Pathways to Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Small Island Developing States

UNEP – Environmental Education and Training Unit

26 January – 28 February 2015

Massive Online Open Course

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides an overview of climate change adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a focus on the environmental perspective. It will present the key concepts regarding the issues of adaptation to climate change and the methodological tools needed to analyse challenges faced by SIDS, in order to propose sustainable solutions.

The course looks at how each country can assess its specific vulnerabilities to climate change, and the tools available for protecting the well-being, economy, and environment of its citizens.

At the end of this course launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in collaboration with the National Adaptation Planning Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), participants will be able to: explain why countries will have to adapt to climate change and provide examples of what this could look like; explain why Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change; outline how to analyse climate risks and discuss why some countries are more vulnerable than others; and finally discuss how adaptation can contribute to sustainable development goals. For more information please visit the course’s website.

15th International Conference on “Science and Technology for Culture”

Science Council of Asia

15-16 May 2015

Siemreap City, Cambodia

In a Cambodian ancient town Siem Reap, where the world heritage such as Angkor Wat is located, the Science Council of Asia, an international organization joined by Asian Academies, will hold its 15th annual international conference with the theme of “Science and Technology for Culture” focusing on (1) Contribution of S & T to Culture Preservation, (2) Resilience of Culture in Changing Global Climate, (3) Application of Anthropology, Humanity and Green Economics towards tourism with sustainable development.

For more information on the event please go to the conference website or visit the Science Council of Asia’s homepage.

Latest News

 

First UN Winter School on SCP held in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia and the Pacific was held successfully on 8-19 December 2014 at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand. It was a joint effort of UNEP and UNU-IAS in collaboration with the Switch Asia Programme and the 10-YFP on SCP. Three Thailand-based members of ProSPER.net (a UNU-IAS higher education network in Asia-Pacific) were involved, namely Asian Institute of Technology, Chulalongkorn University and Prince of Songkla University.

There were 33 participants from 15 countries, of whom 21 were women. The objective of the Winter School was to improve the knowledge of future decision makers in the area of SCP and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management in a life cycle perspective for goods and services produced and used by governments, businesses and civil society.

The School’s second offering is planned for the later part of 2015 and a call for participation will be made in due course. For more information please visit the event’s website.

ESD in the news: Shaping the future we want

Article in the New Straits Time online by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak:

THE 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which aimed at a sustainable 21st century for the global community, described the future as follows: “The well-being of humanity is inextricably linked to the living environment that sustains us. Our ocean makes Earth habitable for people, by providing and regulating the climate, weather, oxygen, food, jobs and many ecosystem services. Yet our ocean and its resources are deteriorating and depleting. Today our ocean depends on us, as we depend on the ocean.” Read more.

ESD in the news: Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development

Article in the New Straits Time online by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak:

A DECADE can pass by in the blink of an eye when we are engrossed in turning an idea into reality. Ten years ago, then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said just that of “sustainable development”. He said: “Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract — sustainable development — and turn it into a reality for all the world's people.” Read more.

Publications

 

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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