11th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

11th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting 2018

25-27 September, 2018, Parramatta (Sydney), Australia


Photo credit: Sally Tsoutas, Western Sydney University


The 11th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting will be organised in Parramatta, Australia from 25th September, 2018 in conjunction with the Symposium on ‘Mainstreaming the SDGs: Education and Impact’ on 26th September, 2018, followed by the field trip on 27th September, 2018. All events will be hosted by RCE Greater Western Sydney (RCE-GWS) and Western Sydney University with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), including the first Asia-Pacific Youth Virtual Summit held on 24th September, 'Youth for the Goals: Climate Action and Life Below Water' as part of the first Youth SDG Asia-Pacific Challenge 2018.

The Asia-Pacific RCE meeting will provide a regional platform to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future in the region. The meeting also aims to take stock of regional initiatives, including the role of ESD in implementing sustainable development on the ground in the Asia-Pacific region. The Symposium is to discuss innovative ways to mainstream the SDGs in each RCE via education, research and policy.

Details on the meeting and registration can be found below. Stay up-to-date by visiting the meeting website: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/2018_ap_rce_meeting


Dates: 25-27 September, 2018


Location: Western Sydney University, Parramatta 1PSQ City Campus, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta, Australia. Please note this venue is 30 – 40 minutes via train or 30 – 60 minutes via car west from Sydney CBD (Central station).



For details on the (tentative) programme, please visit the meeting website page https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/2018_ap_rce_meeting 



Registration is free for all participants, however accommodation, meals and travel arrangements are to be covered individually. 

To register, complete the registration form on the meeting website: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/2018_ap_rce_meeting 

The deadline to register is 11:59pm, Friday 10 August, 2018 (AEST). ** Please note, the deadline for registrations has now closed. **



RCE-GWS is securing a limited number of rooms for RCE members at Ibis Budget Wentworthville. Room reservations will be made on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like to book a room via RCE-GWS you must pay in full by 11:59pm, Friday 10 August 2018 (AEST). Please visit the website for further information. For reservations, please email RCE-GWS (sustainability@westernsydney.edu.au) under the subject: “AP RCE Ibis Budget Accommodation”.

Ibis Budget Wentworthville

Accommodation is 27km west from Sydney CBD. Accommodation fee (single room, non-smoking, with private en suite) inclusive of tax is AUD$99 per person/night. No breakfast will be provided at the hotel; however, a light breakfast will be provided at the venue before registration by RCE-GWS. Transportations from/to the hotel to/from the venue will be provided by RCE-GWS.

Address: 377-383 Great Western Hwy, Wentworthville, Holroyd, New South Wales 2145, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9769 1240

Website: http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-2703-ibis-budget-wentworthville/index.shtml#overview

UNU-IAS funded participants will stay at this designated hotel and the room reservations will be made by the Global RCE Service Centre and RCE-GWS. Please do not make your own reservations if you are funded by UNU-IAS.

If you would like to make a reservation on your own, other nearby hotels are available at:  

Mantra Parramatta

Address: Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta, NSW 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 7 5665 4450 
Walking distance: 7 minutes

Website: https://www.mantra.com.au/new-south-wales/sydney-and-surrounds/parramatta/accommodation/hotels/mantra-parramatta/

Meriton Suites George Street Parramatta

Address: 180 George Street, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8831 4300
Walking distance: 7 minutes

Website: https://www.meritonsuites.com.au/our-hotels/nsw/western-sydney/parramatta/george-street/

Novotel Parramatta

Address: 350 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9630 4999
Walking distance: 10 minutes

Website: www.novotelparramatta.com.au/


Action Plan 
In order to create a regional action plan, and to promote RCEs’ contributions to the Global Action Programme on ESD, the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant processes including IPBES and the Paris Agreement, the Secretariat would like to ask each RCE to submit an updated action plan by using the template (see below). This is to share planned activities of each RCE in the Asia-Pacific region and to promote collaborations among RCEs to see if there are any activities which can be upscaled by other RCEs in the region. This will also allow us to consolidate and synergise activities in the region. Please submit this action plan by 11:59pm, Friday, 3 August, 2018 (JST).


Lightning Presentations
Each RCE will have one representative to participate in a lightning presentation. This style of presentation is a quick, targeted snapshot of an initiative or project. The objective is to deliver an engaging, lively talk in five minutes or less using ONLY ONE Powerpoint slide that will lay the foundations for continued conversations and collaborations during our networking time.

  1. RCE name and country
  2. RCE challenge/issue
  3. RCE educational strategy and response to challenge/issue (from point 2)
  4. How this links to the SDGs and what targets this initiative addresses?

These presentations will be strictly five minutes and the power/sound will shut down once your time limit is reached. You will be notified when you have one minute to conclude your presentation. Strictly one presentation per RCE in attendance.


Financial Support

RCE members are encouraged to explore and obtain funding from sources other than UNU-IAS, where possible, to help those without access to funding sources participate in this meeting. Financial support will be given to members of acknowledged RCEs ONLY. Please submit Form AForm B, and the RCE Profile form to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 11:59pm, Sunday 1 July, 2018 (JST). Please read the selection criteria and the terms and conditions carefully before applying for financial support, and please ensure the form is signed by the RCE coordinator. Incomplete or delayed applications will not be considered for selection. ** Please note, the deadline for applying for funding support has now closed. **


Visa Support Request

Participants that require a visa to enter Australia, and are in need of support documents, please submit Form C along with a copy of your passport to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu). Please make sure to apply for the visa well in advance.


RCE Profile

Participants are asked to complete the RCE Profile form if they have not done so, or if they wish to update their profile. This will then be uploaded and available for the RCE community to view on the RCE Portal.


Form A - Financial Request Form
Form B - ESD Project Summary Sheet
Form C - Visa Support Request Form
RCE Profile Form
Registration Form