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RCE Bulletin

Issue 143: July 2023

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Greetings from the Global RCE Service Centre! Following the launch of the RCE publication last month on sustainable consumption and production, this month we are excited to share a new video has been released highlighting the network's work on this important topic.

As we gear up to celebrate International Youth Day 2023 next month, registrations are now open for our annual RCE Youth Webinar. This year it will be organised by our RCE Regional Youth Coordinators (RYCs), who have developed a wonderful programme which will put a spotlight on young people's potential as catalysts for change. See below for further details.

The RCE Regional Meetings are set to begin starting from next month. There is still time to register for the meetings previously announced, while registrations have now opened for the Europe Regional Meeting 2023 and 12th Americas Regional Meeting - don't miss out on these opportunities to connect with the network in your region!

Finally, there is just over one month left to apply for this year's RCE Awards - we look forward to receiving your nominations for outstanding ESD projects your RCE has conducted over the past year.

If you would like to share any news, upcoming events, open calls, or publications for an upcoming bulletin, 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

New Video Features RCE Sustainable Consumption and Production Education Projects

A video featuring RCE Sustainable Consumption and Production education projects conducted during the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, from 2015-2019, highlights some of the innovative projects conducted by the Global RCE Network focused on sustainable consumption and production. During this period, a total of 115 RCE projects focused on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) across 31 countries.

This video features a number of those projects conducted, which inspired learners to adopt more sustainable practices and a more efficient utilisation of resources. Hear from RCEs as they explain the issues in their community which have inhibited sustainable consumption and production, and the actions their RCE took.

Watch the video here.

Submissions Open: RCE Youth Art Challenge – From Waste to Art

The Global RCE Service Centre at UNU-IAS, in partnership with UNESCO, is currently accepting submissions for the RCE Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art. The challenge is open to anyone aged 35 or younger worldwide.
This is an opportunity to create an artwork to inspire others around the world to use resources more efficiently, reduce waste, and ultimately shift to sustainable consumption and production.

Entries should show the actions you or your local community are taking, with a focus on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). They can utilise any art medium - some ideas are paintings, drawings, photos, sketches, digital art, sculptures, handicrafts, murals - the list is endless! As for materials, we'd love to see your creativity, such as using locally sourced waste (e.g. e-waste, plastic, paper, etc).
Further information, including submission guidelines and eligibility are available here. Entries close on 15 August 2023 (11:59pm JST).

Applications Open: RCE Awards 2023

The Global RCE Service Centre at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has announced a call for nominations for the 12th annual RCE Awards! RCEs are encouraged to nominate their most outstanding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) project/s for the award. RCE youth members are also strongly encouraged to apply. 

ESD projects are to illustrate how RCEs address local sustainable development challenges, and therefore provide an example of how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented at the local level through quality education. Award recipients will be announced at the 13th Global RCE Conference and featured on the RCE Portal.

To apply:

  • Submit an RCE Project (video tutorial available here), and at the bottom of the form, please tick the box underneath the heading 'RCE Award 2023' before saving (Please note: projects submitted since September 2022 are also eligible to be nominated for the award. Please go into your existing project, go into 'edit' mode and tick the same box at the bottom of the form).
  • You will then be redirected to the RCE Award form on a new page. Complete the form and click submit.

Details about the categories for the awards, eligibility, criteria, and the format for submission can be found here. Submission must be done online via the RCE Portal by 31 August 2023 (11:59pm JST).

Registrations Open: RCE Youth Webinar

Organised by the RCE Regional Youth Coordinators (RYCs) and co-hosted by the Global RCE Service Centre at UNU-IAS, the RCE Youth Webinar 'Igniting Changes for a Sustainable World: Embracing Intersectionality in Sustainability and Local Community Actions' will be held online on 10 August, 2023 to celebrate International Youth Day 2023.
The webinar will put a spotlight on the importance of youth participation in sustainable development at local, national, and global levels. It will highlight the pivotal role of youth, explore the concept of intersectionality, and emphasise the significance of local community actions in achieving a sustainable future. Visit the event page to learn more about the event and how to register here.

Upcoming Events

Registrations Open & Call for Submissions: Europe Regional Meeting 2023

Under the theme 'Transformative Education for Sustainable Regions', the Europe Regional Meeting 2023 will be hosted by RCE Basque Country - Navarre and RCE Fryslan online, from 12-14 September 2023. Registrations are now open until 3 September 2023.

In addition, the call for submissions is also open for the Dialogue & Co-creation Session (deadline: 27 August 2023). See the event page for further details.
(Photo credit: Samuel Fernandez Diekert)

Registrations Open & Call for Case Study Presentations: 12th Americas Regional Meeting

Under the theme 'Youth Engagement - Empowering Our Youth to Be Changemakers', the 12th Americas Regional Meeting will be hosted by RCE Greater Atlanta in a hybrid format from 27-29 September 2023. Registrations are open until 8 September 2023 for in-person participation, and 13 September 2023 for online participation.

In addition, the call for case study presentations is also open (deadline: 25 August 2023). See the event page for further details.
(Photo credit: Rob Felt)

Open Calls

Call for Papers: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2023)

Calling all students, lecturers, researchers, innovators, and sustainability enthusiasts! Prepare to make a lasting impact on our planet as the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) proudly presents the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2023), to be held from 5-6 December 2023 in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Held under the theme, 'Reinforcing SDGs Implementation for a Sustainable Future: Ensuring Inclusivity for All', students, lecturers, researchers, and stakeholders from all corners of the globe are invited to showcase their ground-breaking best practices and research by submitting papers and joining ICSDG2023.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 July 2023. For more information, visit the event website or view the event poster.

Applications Open: Net-Zero Thailand - ACE Youth Ideathon Camp

Calling all youth in Thailand! What does a carbon-neutral future look like to you? The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) and UNU-IAS, supported by the Korea Environment Corporation (K-eco), are hosting a net-zero ideathon workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 August - 1 September 2023. Participants will identify local issues that currently hinder the achievement of a net-zero transition, and design innovative and creative solutions utilising the whole-society approach to climate action. See the open call announcement (in Thai) on Facebook here for details on how you can apply.

Latest News

RCE Youth Art Challenge Exhibition Highlights Actions to Conserve Biodiversity

From 15 May-15 July 2023, the RCE Youth Art Challenge exhibition was held at the Global Environment Outreach Centre at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

The event featured awarded artworks from the 2022 RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge, which was run in partnership with UNESCO. The Challenge put a spotlight on the species, habitats, and ecosystems that we all need to work to protect. Artworks focused on SDG 14 (life below water) or SDG 15 (life on land), and highlighted the actions we can all take to conserve biodiversity.  

Over the two months the exhibition was held, more than 2,900 visitors visited the venue displaying drawings, paintings, craft work, digital art, and photographs. Read more

Forum Examines Evolving Role of Higher Education in Achieving the SDGs

The 2023 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Global Forum was held on 17 July 2023 at UN Headquarters in New York as a special event at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The forum discussed challenges and opportunities for higher education to accelerate recovery from COVID-19 and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. Read more


New Community Climate Action Toolkit Launched

On 11 July 2023, an online event was held for the launch of the Community Climate Action Toolkit, produced by The Schumacher Institute in Bristol (UK) and the COMMEET Fellowship (the Netherlands). The Toolkit aims to provide practical and easy-to-use tools and resources to empower small groups of people to take action on climate change in their community. If you missed the launch event, you can watch a recording here. A copy of the toolkit is also available for download here.