11th Global RCE Conference

11th Global RCE Conference: Education for the Sustainable Development Goals

Cebu, the Philippines
7-9 December, 2018

All 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take centre stage at the 11th Global RCE Conference, which will be hosted by RCE Cebu in the Philippines this December under the theme 'Education for the Sustainable Development Goals'. The SDGs offer RCEs diverse entry points to tackle sustainable development issues relevant to their respective regions through education and training at all levels.

Various ESD projects related to the SDGs are ongoing within the scope of the Global RCE Network (all of which are searchable on the RCE Portal). The diversity within the RCE network means that these projects range from curriculums designed for individual schools, to information campaigns from local or sub-national governments, and from capacity-building activities provided by NGOs to local communities, to hands-on training related to sustainable development provided by higher education institutions. Therefore, the diversity and scope of the SDGs provide the perfect context for RCEs to synergise and scale up their own activities around.

For more details on the programme, venue, and logistics, please visit the 11th Global RCE Conference website.

Photo credit: Brian Evans / CC BY-ND 4.0


Dates: 7-9 December, 2018

Location: University of the Philippines Cebu

The tentative programme can be viewed here (last updated: 5 September, 2018).

The programme for this year’s Global Conference will be divided into four components: case presentations, plenaries, regional sessions, and workshops.

I. Case Presentations:

Case presentations of ESD projects from RCEs will take place during the Parallel Sessions I and II on the 7th of December. RCE members will present recently completed or ongoing ESD projects relevant to one of the SDGs. 

In order to streamline sessions, the SDGs will be sorted into three parallel streams, namely: Planet, People, and Prosperity. SDG 4 (Quality education, in particular Target 4.7 in relation to Education for Sustainable Development) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals) will be the cross-cutting themes for all sessions, as RCEs are multi-stakeholder partnerships that focus on education as a mechanism for sustainable development.

1) Planet

  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 14: Life below water
  • SDG 15: Life on land

2) People

  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality Education
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

3) Prosperity

  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Selected speakers will be allotted 20 minutes during the sessions – 15 minutes for a presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q & A. Due to time constraints, we kindly ask all speakers to adhere to these allotted schedules. Presentations will have to be cut short if they go over the allotted time.

II. Plenaries:

Plenary sessions offered during the 11th Global RCE Conference will focus around topics such as:

  • The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • RCEs’ engagement opportunities in national and international sustainability initiatives
  • Reflection on the current state of ESD and its connection from the local to the global

Plenary sessions will feature a wide range of local and national policy makers, UN organisation representatives, RCE members, and representatives from other international organisations. The plenary sessions aim to build a closer link between local stakeholders and global frameworks linking the global sustainability agenda with their work at the local community level.

III. Workshop Sessions:

Workshops will take place during the afternoon sessions on Day 2. It is encouraged to connect workshops to this year’s theme, education as an approach to implementing one of the respective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a given audience of learners – primary education, secondary education, higher education, technical and vocational education and training, or community education.


Registrations have now closed. 

Financial Support
RCE members are encouraged to explore and obtain funding from other sources than UNU-IAS, where possible, to help those without access to funding sources to participate in this conference. Financial support will be given to members of acknowledged RCEs ONLY. Please submit Form B: Request for Financial Support Form, together with Form C: ESD Project Summary Sheet of Case Study Form and/or Form D: ESD Workshop Proposal Form to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 11:59pm, Sunday, 7 October, 2018 (JST). You may also be asked to fill out the RCE profile form if your RCE’s profile is not up-to-date. Please read the selection criteria and the terms and conditions carefully, before applying for financial support. Make sure the form is signed by the RCE coordinator. Incomplete or delayed applications will not be considered for selection. ** Please note, the deadline for funding support applications has now closed. **

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

Visa Support Request
Participants that require a visa to enter the Philippines, and are in need of support documents: please ensure you complete the 'Visa Support request' section on the Online Registration Form, or if you cannot access the Online Registration Form, please complete Section 2 of Form A: Registration Form and submit to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 11:59pm, Sunday, 4 November, 2018 (JST). Please make sure you apply for the visa well in advance.

RCE Cebu (ceburce@gmail.com)
Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu)