7th Americas Regional Meeting


25-27 October, 2018, Posadas, Argentina

The 7th Americas RCE Meeting was hosted by RCE Cuenca del Plata in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina from 25th to 27th October with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The theme for the meeting was ‘ESD, Conservation and Climate Change in the 2030 Agenda’. 

Bringing together ten RCEs from seven countries and over 300 local participants from across the Americas region, in addition to RCE candidates and representatives from UNDP in Paraguay and Argentina and UNESCO in Santiago, Chile, this year’s meeting was the largest Americas Regional RCE Meeting to date.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) took a central role as regional and local governments, UN organisations from around Latin America, NGOs, and members of the private sector came together to discuss how to best implement all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the provincial and local level.

Participants from RCEs around the Americas presented ESD projects that they had been working on over the last year, focusing on education for wetland conservation, integrating the SDGs into teacher training, and human rights within Agenda 2030. The RCEs in attendance agreed to move forward on four issues together as a continental community: creating a regional RCE youth group (similar to the youth network among the Asia-Pacific RCEs); creating a database of educational material on planting and care of native flora; stocktaking of the current state of community inclusivity; and professional development of university educators on ESD.

The Global RCE Service Centre wishes to thank the team at RCE Cuenca del Plata for their efforts and superb organisation in making this event a success.

Outcomes from the meeting are below, and a full recap of the meeting is available here.

Photo credits: RCE Greater Atlanta (top right) and RCE Saskatchewan (bottom left).




7th Americas RCE Meeting Programme



Presentation Presenter/s
Update from the Global RCE Service Centre and the UN System

Philip Vaughter, United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Teacher Training in Education for Climate Change

Prof. María Mercedes Callejas Restrepo, RCE Bogotá

Traditional Knowledge on Biocultural Diversity and Nutrition in Indigenous Communities

Prof. Teresa Salinas Gamero, RCE Lima-Callao

Creation of Spaces for Applied Sustainability at RCE Western Jalisco 

Dr. Carlos Palomera-García / Salvador  García, RCE Western Jalisco

Equity and Inclusion: The Bedrock to Transform Our World toward Agenda 2030 and Beyond

Dr. Neeraja Havaligi, RCE Greater Portland

Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, & Education: Creating a Sustainable Georgetown for All

Dr. Pamela Martin & Maeve Snyder, RCE Georgetown

Civil Rights Catalyzes Environmental Action in RCE Greater Atlanta

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch & Mr. Garry Harris, RCE Greater Atlanta

Leveraging RCE Greater Atlanta Member Institution ESD Initiatives for Youth Empowerment and Mobilization and the Formation of the RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network

Ms. Kristina Chatfield & Ms. Lisa Smith, RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network

The Girasoles (Sunflower) Project

Facing the Sun (video)

Dr. Valerie Mac, RCE Greater Atlanta

RCE Saskatchewan Empowering for Conservation: Water Drainage and Wetlands Protection on the Canadian Prairies & Updates

Dr. Roger Petry (presenter), Sherry Forsyth & Aura Lee MacPherson (contributors), RCE Saskatchewan

Activities of RCE Curitiba-Paraná

Dr. Patricia Charvet, RCE Curitiba-Paraná



Photos from the meeting have been uploaded on Facebook here.