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Issue 92: April 2019

Greetings from the Global RCE Service Centre!

We are pleased to announce that all RCE Regional Meetings for 2019 are now open for registrations. Further details are listed below. We hope to see you at one of the meetings this year!

Don't forget there's just one more week until RCE Applications close - details on the application process can be found in the open call here.

If you would like to contribute your latest news to any upcoming bulletins, please complete this form and email your submission to the Global RCE Service Centre at rceservicecentre@unu.edu (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

The Global RCE Service Centre

Open Calls: RCE Regional Meetings 2019

Registrations are currently open for all RCE Regional Meetings for 2019. Please take note of the deadlines below.

12th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting
4-6 June, 2019, Hangzhou, China (hosted by RCE Hangzhou)

  • For participants applying for fund support: The deadline for applications for fund support has closed.
  • For participants NOT applying for fund support: Friday 3 May, 2019 (11:59pm JST)

View the Open Call here.

9th African Regional Meeting
5-7 August, 2019, Kwaluseni, Eswatini (hosted by RCE Eswatini)

  • For participants applying for fund support: Sunday 5 May, 2019 (11:59pm JST)
  • For participants NOT applying for fund support: Friday 28 June, 2019 (11:59pm JST)

View the Open Call here.

Europe Regional Meeting 2019
13-14 September, 2019, Heraklion, Greece (hosted by RCE Crete)

  • For participants applying for fund support: Friday 31 May, 2019 (11:59pm JST)
  • For participants NOT applying for fund support: Tuesday 13 August, 2019 (11:59pm JST)

View the Open Call here.

8th Americas Regional Meeting
23-25 September, 2019, Burlington, USA (hosted by RCE Greater Burlington)

  • For participants applying for fund support: Friday 24 May, 2019 (11:59pm JST)
  • For participants NOT applying for fund support: Friday 23 August, 2019 (11:59pm JST)

View the Open Call here.

RCE Youth Coordinators

The RCE Portal now has a page that lists appointed RCE Youth Coordinators across the network. Representatives serve as a point of contact for youth seeking to network and engage with cross-RCE initiatives and activities.

For those RCEs who have yet to designate a youth focal point, the deadline has been extended to Friday 31 May, 2019 (11:59pm JST). For more information, including responsibilities, and to apply, please download the RCE Youth Coordinator form here and submit it to the Global RCE Service Centre at RCEServiceCentre@unu.edu.

Upcoming Events

Global Festival of Action
2-4 May, 2019, Bonn, Germany

The SDG Global Festival of Action brings together SDG campaigners and multi-stakeholder partners to scale up and broaden the global movement to take action for the SDGs. The themes for the 2019 edition of this festival are mobilisation, storytelling, campaigning, visualisation, connections, inclusion, and creativity. Attendees can learn new skills, meet new partners, and strategise joint actions to advance actions on the SDGs. Read more

Global Sharing Week
16-22 June, 2019, worldwide

Sharing has the power to change the world; it can transform the economy and society at large. Global Sharing Week’s aim is to enable people to access shared resources, whilst promoting the benefits of swapping, borrowing, collaborating, and sharing. This year’s theme will be 'Sharing Can Change the World'. Anyone can register their event for this annual celebration of the sharing economy. Read more

UNESCO Forum for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education

2-3 July, 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam

The theme for this year's UNESCO Forum for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) will be 'Learning and Teaching for Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: From early childhood to primary and secondary education'. The event will provide a platform to exchange experience and innovative approaches on how to address gaps and harness the potential of cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioural learning at pre-primary, primary education, and secondary education levels to support sustainable development and global citizenship. Following this event, the 2019 GAP Partner Network meeting will be held 4-5 July, 2019, also in Hanoi, Vietnam. Read more

Open Calls

2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development in Africa

The call for papers is now open for the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development in Africa, to be held 19-21 June, 2019, at Covenant University, in Ota, Nigeria. Papers should address development analysis in broader perspectives and be relevant to Africa's development. Research papers are expected to inform policy-making and focus policy discourse on the allocation of Africa's scarce resources to achieve higher rates of economic growth and a faster reduction of poverty. Further information, including the conference flyer can be found here.

Latest News

RCE Graz-Styria Takes Mentorships for SDG 11 for New Joint Project

The Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria has developed a joint project entitled 'UniNEtZ - Universities and Sustainable Development Goals', in which Austrian Universities take mentorships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030.

RCE Graz-Styria (with its new head Anke Strüver, based at the University of Graz) and the Technical University of Graz are responsible for the mentorship of SDG 11: 'Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable'. The RCE team is expanding the existing key areas of work, especially with regard to inclusive and sustainable urbanisation, participatory planning, green public spaces and with special attention to the needs of people in vulnerable situations. Read more

RCE Lucknow Partners Conduct Campaign to Promote Conservation of Endangered Species

RCE Lucknow's partner institutions, led by the Institute for Wildlife Sciences, University of Lucknow, recently conducted a week-long awareness campaign from 14-20 March, 2019, to engage youth and the community to take action towards the conservation of sparrows and butterflies. Held in Lucknow, India, this campaign coincided with World Butterfly Day and World Sparrow Day, celebrated on 14 and 20 March respectively.

The campaign started with a day-long workshop on butterflies and sparrows. Various online competitions and events were also organised for school students and youth, as well as a mobile awareness campaign, reaching around 10,000 people. Read RCE Lucknow's report here

WMU Students Launch 'Plastic Waste on Campus' Website to Highlight Recycling Efforts

Produced by students in the Fall 2018 Environmental Reporting course offered by the School of Communication at Western Michigan University (WMU - a partner of RCE Grand Rapids), Plastic Waste on Campus is a news project which examines problems with plastic waste on a university campus and explores initiatives related to its reduction and recycling. Journalism students spent the semester researching, reading, discussing, reporting and interviewing sources to learn more about this issue. News coverage includes in-depth stories, infographics and interviews that examine the environmental impact of plastic use and reuse on WMU's campus. The project website can be accessed here.


30 Innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction

This publication features 30 of the most effective technologies and innovations, including products and approaches, that can contribute to reducing disaster risks and preparing for future disasters. It was developed by a group of individuals from the International Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University, Keio University, the University of Tokyo, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and Church World Service (CWS) Japan, in collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Multi-Hazards Program. Access it here.


Featuring a blog, knowledge hub, and resources related to outdoor education, Outdoortopia aims to support teachers, youth leaders, and parents to guide young people to maximise their potential through outdoor learning experiences. Take a look at their blog and resources related to sustainability, environment education, and service learning available on their website here.