Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:
Dear colleagues and friends,
We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!
On 27-28 November 2015, the 10th Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs was held at the United Nations University in Tokyo. As a result of this meeting, the global RCE network now includes eight new members and the total number of RCEs reaches 146, as of January 2016. It is my privilege to welcome South Rift (Kenya), Greater Kampala (Uganda), Greater Masaka (Uganda), Chennai (India), Maha Sarakham (Thailand), Cuenca del Plata (Argentina), Hokkaido Central (Japan), and Tasmania (Australia) to the global RCE network.
This past year has been an eventful one for the ESD community. 2015 was the inaugural year of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and we also saw the launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN General Assembly. ESD will play a crucial role in the implementation of all of these goals, and the RCE community is ideally positioned to use local and regional actions to bring about global sustainability objectives. We look forward to engaging with you on both the implementation of the GAP as well as contributing to the SDGs.
Based on the internal review undertaken in early 2015, the ESD Programme has developed a new strategic direction which aims at making tangible contributions to the implementation of the SDGs through education and learning. In order to put into practice our strategic direction in partnership with the RCE community, we have developed an RCE Roadmap to serve as a guide for the coming years. This document provides an overview of activities that the ESD Programme will be actively engaged with among the RCE community. While pursuing your own sustainability projects and activities, RCEs are also encouraged to engage with any action items highlighted within the Roadmap.
Strengthening the RCE network and finding synergies among RCEs has been one of our priority matters and this will remain the same in the years to come. The RCE Service Centre will be available to help synergize actions within and beyond the RCE network. We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to our further collaboration.
With the best wishes for the coming year!
Director, the Global RCE Service Centre
Events organised by RCEs
Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Australia and New Zealand
1-2 August, 2016
The event, hosted by RMIT University, is co-organised by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme, and run by Manchester Metropolitan University and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to provide researchers in Australia and New Zealand with an opportunity to present their work and exchange ideas. Read more
'Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability' Urban Thinkers Campus
16 February 2016
The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and World Vision International, with the support of RMIT University, are organising the first Urban Thinkers Campus. The event is part of a UN-Habitat global campaign to inform the New Urban Agenda, to be launched at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Ecuador in October 2016. Read more
5th International Conference on Language and Education
19-21 October, 2016
The Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) will be organizing the 5th International Conference on Language and Education in October. During the event participants will take stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline for submission of papers is 30 March 2016. Read more
4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, a new vision: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Development
14-17 March 2016, Lima, Peru Read more
Global Summit on Childhood - Creating a Better World for Children and Youth through Sustainability, Social Innovation, and Synergy
31 March – April 2016, San Jose, Costa Rica Read more
For more events visit our ESD calendar.
Online course “Leaders of change: helping African policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”
Agents of change will need to effectively interplay with politics, and develop the skills to match evidence with decisions and policy management. The course starts on March 28. Read more
Online course: Engaging citizens - a game changer for development?
This MOOC has been developed to explore what is meant by citizen engagement and how it can be used to enhance development impact. Sessions start beginning of February. Read more
Apply Now for the UNU-IAS 2016 Master’s and Doctoral Programmes
UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for the September 2016 admission to its Master of Science in Sustainability programme, and it’s PhD in Sustainability Science programme. The application deadlines are 18 March 2016 and 28 April 2016 respectively. Read more
Apply Now for the UNU-IAS 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes
UNU is now accepting applications for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme and the UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. Jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The application deadline is 29 February 2016. Read more
PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste
Applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences and natural sciences are invited for the PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste. This is a joint degree programme of UNU and the Technische Universität Dresden. Read more
“GEF-Satoyama Project” Announces the Second Call for Proposals
UNU-IAS’ GEF-Satoyama Project announces the second Call for Proposals for site-based projects in two biodiversity hot spots: “Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hot spot” and “Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hot spot”. Proposals can be submitted until 23 February 2016. Read more
Nominations are open for the World of Children Award
The World of Children Award is currently inviting applications for its 2016 Grants Program. They provide funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective change makers for children worldwide. Read more
10 YFP on SCP calls for proposals on sustainable buildings and construction
The 10 Year Framework on Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production launched the 5th call for proposals on Sustainable Buildings and Construction. Governments and NGOs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition can apply. Up to USD 500,000 are available to support up to three project proposals. Deadline for application is 4 February. Read more
Call for papers on Sustainable Cities
To promote understanding and global awareness of critical urban issues, and to contribute to the intergovernmental debate on cities and sustainable urban development, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, calls for papers for a special Issue on “Sustainable Cities.” The deadline for submission is 15 February 2016. Read more
Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation (SCI) at Cape Breton University (CBU) offers a flexible online programme for part time study. The programme is designed for formal and non-formal educators, administrators, teachers, and environmental and sustainability leaders. Read more
Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB-JSP)
1-2 year scholarships are awarded at designated institutions in the Asia and Pacific region. Studies in economics, business and management, science and technology and other development-related fields are eligible. Deadline is 31 March 2016. Read more
New Schedule: Online Course Foundations of Sociocracy
The online course "Foundations of Sociocracy" has now been postponed to March and April. Read more
More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on the RCE portal.
First Capacity Building Forum of IPBES - “Opportunities for aligned investments in ecological knowledge for sustainable development"
The first IPBES Capacity Building Forum “Opportunities for aligned investments in ecological knowledge for sustainable development” was held from 19-22 October 2015 at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. It deliberated on issues such as the overall capacity building strategy and experiences of institutions and networks involved in capacity building, and the IPBES assessment fellowship programme. An important issue was the development of a web-based matchmaking facility to support the alignment of financial and technical resources. Read more
MCII helps “G7 InsuResilience” implement climate insurance for the vulnerable
At COP21 in Paris, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) presented key findings on how the G7 InsuReslience initiative can meet the needs of poor and vulnerable people facing climate risks. The aim is to give up to 400 million people access to direct or indirect climate risk insurance, by 2020. Read the article here. A summarised info graphic can be downloaded here.
miniSASS is a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river
miniSASSis a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river. The results can be placed on Google Earth and a mobile phone App is in the development Stage. Jim Taylor, Director of WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), and coordinator of RCE KwaZulu Natal explained “through miniSASS you can learn about rivers,… monitor them and take action to improve our precious water resources.” Read more
Launch of a “Smart Sustainable Cities” online community
Early this year an online platform was launched by the United Nations to assist cities to become more sustainable. It aims to identify challenges that are having an impact on urban development across the world. The launch of the Smart Sustainable Cities online community comes ahead of the first World Smart City Forum to be held in Singapore in July. Read more
RCE Youth Network Africa is now on facebook and twitter
The RCE Youth Network Africa has recently launched its facebook and twitter accounts. They will be sharing resources to advance the global sustainability, especially in Africa.
RCE Greater Portland Co-Founder Sponsors the 2015 EcoChallenge
Almost 10 % of the 4,333 participants in last year’s EcoChallenge, belonged to one of RCE Greater Portland’s partners. The international RCE team participated with 36 RCE members from Japan, India, Colombia, Zambia, and Kenya. There were also many youth participants from Bogotá and Columbia blogging in Spanish. The EcoChallenge provided RCE members with an innovative space to share information on ESD related activities among RCE members. Read more
RCEs from The Netherlands and Germany join hands to connect Youth to the outdoors
AceWild is an initiative that shows schools with pupils aged 11-16, how they can support disadvantaged young people in gaining qualifications and work opportunities in the outdoors. RCEs from The Netherlands and Germany met with project partners during several meetings to discuss methodology and practical implications of these courses. Read more
RCE Dublin and RCE Oldenburger Münsterland meet at UNESCO conference
The UNESCO conference Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development held in Daugavpils, Latvia on 2-3 December 2015, was a good opportunity for several RCE members and Charles Hopkins, regional advisor to the RCEs of the Americas, to connect. Detlev Lindau-Bank from RCE Oldenburger Münsterland presented the AceWild initiative and RCE Dublin showcased the teaching method “disruptive pedagogical intervention” to engage university students in ESD. In a separate meeting between them, it was agreed to exchange appropriate teaching methods with the European RCE community as a possible platform. Read more
ESD Okayama Award ceremony celebrates inspirational ESD initiatives worldwide and at home
The ESD Okayama Award was established in 2015 to showcase and promote ESD worldwide. 50 applicants applied for the Award with 29 applicants from 27 countries and 21 national applications from Japan. 30 applications were received for the ‘Okayama Regional Awards’. Videos of the finalists and an overview of the Award winners are now on the RCE Portal. Read more
RCE Iskandar creates low carbon awareness among pupils
RCE Iskandar, in collaboration with many stakeholders and ESD experts, successfully organized the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2015. The Ecolife Challenge was a great success: in September and October of 2015, about 27,000 of all Year 6 students in 226 primary schools had completed the Ecolife Challenge workbook, which covered a wide range of topics. Read more
Climate Change Challenge Badge
The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) supports the achievement of the SDGs through activities such as the UN Challenge Badges and by encouraging young people to be active citizens in their communities. The climate change challenge badge is now available! Read more
Going High-Tech for Syrian Refugees – Jonathan Yee co-founds Ahlain
Jonathan Yee, a committed Youth representative within the Global RCE Network attached to RCE Saskatchewan, Canada, member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and a strong advocate on sustainability issues, recently co-founded Ahlain - an educational platform that addresses the challenges Canada is facing by the escalating influx of refugees. Ahlain is an educational ICT platform that provides educational videos to help Syrian families integrate into Canadian society. Read more
UNU celebrates 40th Anniversary with symposium on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
On 6 November 2015 the United Nations University organized the symposium Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of a series of events celebrating 40 years of UNU’s academic work. The symposium considered the adoption of the 2030 Agenda by UN Member States and the challenges faced by this ambitious global plan and the 17 SDGs. Read more
ESD Books, Publications and Other
Research and Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Wim Lambrechts and James Hindson (editors), 2016 - with contributions by RCE Penang and UNU-IAS on Chapter 4 “Schooling for Education for Sustainable Development: The contributions of Asia-Pacific” based on a survey made by RCE Penang across the Asia-Pacific RCEs (p. 44).
This book is the outcome of the work of Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI) and the European project CoDeS, Collaboration of Schools and Communities for Sustainable Development (2011-2014). The book can be downloaded here.
Development Co-operation Report 2015: Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action
The report is based on analysis and experience, and draws out ten success factors that show how partnerships function to their maximum potential to be fit-for-purpose in addressing the imposing challenges of the post-2015 world. The report can be downloaded here and a summarized info graphic here.
Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol. 1
The “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review” is a publication series, comprising a compilation of case studies related to “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”. The publication can be downloaded here.
Japan’s Development Assistance ― Foreign Aid and the Post-2015 Agenda
edited by Hiroshi Kato, John Page and Yasutami Shimomura (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
This book is the result of research in “Japan and the Developing World: 60 Years of Japan’s ODA and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” It shows that Japan has ample lessons to offer to the international community. In one chapter, the book discusses how Japan linked to the UN to achieve its strategic goals. Read more.
UN-ESCAP report: Integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development
The UN-ESCAP report introduces useful concepts and practical tools to assist policymakers in promoting integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development across the policy cycle. It explores the use of qualitative and quantitative analyses. The report can be downloaded here.
MDG Gap Task Force Reports on Millennium Development Goal 8
The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2014 “The State of the Global Partnership for Development Report” identifies implementation gaps to achieve the MDGs and provides recommendations. The report can be downloaded here.
National Plan of New Urbanization (2014-2020) for China released
In China urbanization has increased from 18% to 54% since 1978. These urbanization processes are the main driving force for social and economic development, but the old way of urbanization is no longer considered as desirable. New strategies and goals are needed. Download the report here.
Critical milestones towards a coherent, efficient, and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level
A report by the Secretary General on the critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 sustainable development agenda is available here.
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