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RCE Delhi Invites Registrations for GREEN Olympiad 2023

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) invites schools to participate in the GREEN Olympiad 2023. The examination serves a dual purpose of testing the environment quotient of students and enhancing their understanding about issues related to sustainable development. GREEN Olympiad is open for students of Std. 4 to 12, and is divided into four levels (Level 1: Std. 4-5; Level 2: Std. 6-8; Level 3: Std. 9-10; and Level 4: Std. 11-12). The questions revolve around thematic issues including those related to Environment, Sustainable Development and Green skills.  

In 2023, GREEN Olympiad will be held offline on 1 September 2023 and 12 October 2023. Schools have an option to choose one of the dates for conducting the examination. For further information, see the project poster and registration form (international schools) / registration form (national schools within India).

Schools can register online here (please note the examination will be held offline, even if an online registration is completed). Registrations close 15 July 2023.


Join RCE Dobong-gu's Global ESD Youth Project Neuru Season 3

RCE Dobong-gu invites youth to join 'Global ESD Youth Project Neuru Season 3', a project to improve ecological literacy and glocal leadership. The name 'Neuru' is a Korean word meaning 'for a long time, not all at once', which could be translated to aiming for a sustainable life for youth for a long time. Since 2021, the project has been conducted under the topics of 'The Truth of Hamburgers’ (2021) and 'Sustainable Fashion’ (2022). This year, it will be held under the main topic 'A House that Saves the Earth'. RCE Dobong-gu hopes many RCEs will participate in Project Neuru Season 3, which is conducted with a Zoom-based photo-voice research method. For more information, refer to the flyer and operation guidelines.

Application period: 6 March - 31 March, 2023  

Eligibility: Youth aged 10 years and over

Application method: 

Youth Climate Conclave 4th Edition - Photography Competition

To develop a network of young talent that would pioneer transformative solutions to counter the impacts of climate change, the 4th edition of ‘Youth Climate Conclave’ (YCC) is being organised, along with the launch of a photography competition. The competition is open to children and youth aged 10-18 years and 19-25 years who wish to create a better future with innovative sustainable solutions. Winners will also get a chance to have their photo displayed at an exhibition and participate in the next conclave in February in Delhi!

This year, YCC is being held under the India-EU Clean Energy and Climate Partnership (CECP) project, financed by the Partnership Instrument of the European Union and managed by the Delegation of the European Union to India. PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited (PwC India) is the implementing partner for this project, together with NIRAS A/S, EUROCHAMBRES, and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW). TERI has been implementing YCC since 2019. In 2022, with knowledge support from GIZ and UNICEF, the YCC is envisaged as a competitive and educative mode of action, wherein children and youth from across the country will come together to join hands and address climate change issues.

Please see the competition guidelines and poster for further information. Registrations and submissions can be completed here.

For further information, please feel free to get in touch with Ms Monmi Barua or Ms Taru Mehta at / at RCE Delhi. Entries close on 30 November, 2022.

Collaborate with COMMEET to Improve Your Sustainability Performance

The COMMEET Fellowship is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support sustainable regional development. Its mission is to promote the UN SDGs by stimulating Community Empowerment. COMMEET believes that communities all over the world are perfectly capable of determining what their future should look like. Communities are, in the first place, geographical entities, but can also be groups of stakeholders, regional or worldwide, who strive to achieve one or more SDGs.

To help communities achieve their goals, COMMEET is supporting them by providing toolkits (manuals) that are dedicated to solving specific livelihood problems. These toolkits can apply to any of the SDGs and will, to a high degree, be operational, adaptable and easy to apply. For instance, toolkits have been developed to:

  • help integrate migrants in their new region
  • promote a well-targeted form of vocational education

Toolkits are being completed to:

  • fight every form of racism
  • help improve the position of vulnerable women and children
  • combat climate change

Many more toolkits are planned for production in the next couple of years. Toolkits can be found on the COMMEET website and are free to access and use. COMMEET can help with applying them in your own region. To make the toolkits even more useful and applicable, they are continuously looking for examples of promising practices around the world. If you know of successful project activities in your own community, please send a brief description and relevant contact details to COMMEET secretary

COMMEET Toolkits for Communities - Webinar Series
Finally, with the invaluable support of London South Bank University, COMMEET is presenting a series of webinars with respect to upcoming relevant issues. Two of them (on Education for sustainable livelihoods, and on Empowering vulnerable women and children) took place in May 2022 (recordings are available on YouTube).

The RCE community is warmly invited to attend the remaining two webinars; the dates and times (all BST) are:

  • 26 July, 2022, 4pm - 5pm: Climate action
  • 20 September, 2022, 4pm - 5pm: Addressing racism

Registration for these webinars can be completed here.

HAVE YOUR SAY: 2nd Public Consultation on Thematic Action Track 2 on Learning and Skills for Life, Work, and Sustainable Development
Ahead of the UN Transforming Education Summit (TES), join the second public webcast consultation on Friday 10 June 15:00-17:00 CEST. The consultation will focus on these two key questions:
1. What are practical and replicable good practices and innovations, under Action Track 2: Learning and skills for life, work, and sustainable development?
2. How can global cooperation on learning and skills for life, work, and sustainable development be strengthened, building on existing coalitions, partnerships or platforms?
To join the consultation, register here.
Join the 2022 Earth Month EcoChallenge to Support the SDGs

The annual Earth Month Ecochallenge is coming up this April and is focused on the SDGs. Creating an Ecochallenge team is an easy way to engage people, with opportunities for team-building, individual actions, and community change. (formerly Northwest Earth Institute) is a founding partner of RCE Greater Portland and won an RCE Award in 2015 for this ground-breaking program. Many RCEs around the world have participated over the years and this year once again, all RCEs are invited to sign up to be a part of the solution to the planet’s biggest challenges through the power of collective action. Find out more and register your Ecochallenge team here.

Applications Open for Young Leaders for the SDGs

On a biennial basis, 17 outstanding young leaders from across various sectors are recognised for their agency, courage and ingenuity in finding lasting solutions to the world's greatest challenges.

Throughout a two-year term, these Young Leaders will engage with youth for the 2030 Agenda through their platforms, networks, and advocacy opportunities with the United Nations and its partners.

Applications for the ‘Young Leaders for the SDGs’ 2022 class are now open for young people from across the world, aged between 15-29, closing on 31 March, 2022. Full details including how to apply can be found here.

Applications Open: 2022 UNU-IAS Master’s and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS invites applications for September 2022 admission to its postgraduate degree programmes: the Master of Science in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadline is 21 February 2022 for the master’s programme, and 28 March 2022 for the doctoral programme. Both programmes start in September 2022. Read more

Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, colleges, and tertiary and higher education institutions

Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities is a guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that aims to help universities, colleges, and tertiary and higher education institutions implement and mainstream this “Education for the SDGs” within their institutions. Learn more

Survey: The Impact of Education on Work in Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD

Calling all RCE members! A member of RCE Atlanta, Kate Kirk (Ph.D. Candidate in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University and Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Georgia Institute of Technology's Office of International Education) is looking for RCE members to participate in her research study exploring the impact of education on RCE work. This research will support her doctoral dissertation and hopefully contribute to both policy and scholarly work in the field; findings of this study may inform future organisational policies regarding education and sustainable development. RCE members aged 18 years or older with college education are invited to participate here. Completion of the survey should take 10-15 minutes. This survey can also be shared with other RCE members from your professional network who may be interested in participating.

International SDG Challenge School Program (Quality Education) During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition

Organised by RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia in collaboration with SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth, Penang, the ‘International SDG Challenge School Program (Quality Education) During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition’ will be held virtually from 1 September to 2 October, 2021. 

Student leadership in sustainability cannot be achieved single handed by single stakeholders. Collaboration proves a strategic avenue to develop students’ leadership in the SDGs. Therefore, in line with 21st century learning competencies, it is essential that students are empowered to create innovation and inventions related to sustainability. It is important that students play a leading role in SDG and share with other students around Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Indonesia. This program will feature elements of sustainable community focusing on co-curriculum activities focusing on SDG 4: Quality Education and the COVID-19 pandemic. How does this pandemic affect the students in terms of the teaching and learning process: before, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic? 

There are two main activities in this program: 

A. Co-curriculum Sustainability Competition (1 September – 24 September , 2021) 
1. STEM & Innovation Smart and Creative Recycling Competition 
2. Healthy Camping No-Cook Snacks Food Competition 
3. RCE PENANG @ USM-DOB 5KM Virtual Run Challenge 2021 

B. Webinar Learning Experience During the Pandemic Covid-19 (2 October , 2021) 
In this regard, RCE Penang is honoured to invite school students to join our ‘Sustainability Competition and Webinar Learning Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic'. 

Please see further details in the concept note and poster. To register, please complete the online form via QR Code within the poster. 


'Anatomy of Action' Social Media Challenge

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be organising the Anatomy of Action social media challenge during 28 September - 12 October, 2021. Join the 15-day sustainable living challenge and have a positive impact within your community and contribute to a global movement toward achieving the SDGs.

See the attached flyer.

Find out more on the event page here.

RCE Delhi Invites Registrations for 'GO4Youth' Examination 2021

With an aim of promoting environment consciousness, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is actively engaged with youth through its several projects and activities. GO4Youth is a step in this direction, and targets students pursuing graduate and post graduate courses from institutions of higher education. 'GO4Youth' is an online examination which is held under the aegis of TERI's GREEN Olympiad. It comprises of multiple choice questions to evaluate knowledge, aptitude and attitude of students towards environment issues.

Registration from youth across the world can be made through the project website - Participation certificates will be awarded to all registered students, and merit and distinctions will also be rewarded. The last date for registration is 31 July, 2021. See the poster here.

Keep up on the latest on the following Facebook pages:

Open Call: ASEF ClassNet School Collaborations for 2021

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites teachers from schools in 51 partner countries to join the ASEF Classroom Network (ClassNet) School Collaborations in 2021. The ASEF ClassNet School Collaborations are peer-to-peer learning initiatives that engage school leaders and teachers across Asia and Europe to share and jointly work on innovative teaching and learning practices.  


  • Eligible candidates are teachers from secondary, high and vocational schools in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries. Participants will be chosen from 1 school per ASEM country (up to 2 teachers per school).  
  • For this year, two School Collaborations are planned, focusing on SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-Being) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality).  
  • The expected duration and time engagement is around 5 hours per month from June – October 2021.  
  • The deadline for applications is 24 May 2021, GMT 23:59. 

View the open call and submit an application here

World's Largest Lesson Launches Climate Changemakers Campaign

World's Largest Lesson is inviting young people to write a 100-word message explaining the value of climate education and why it matters to them as part of the Climate Changemakers campaign! Throughout 2021, the campaign aims to collect messages from children everywhere, which will be used as part of the wider effort to see increased commitments to climate education at COP26. Read more

Register your ESD events for a global celebration of ESD in May

In celebration of the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, held virtually from 17 to 19 May 2021, UNESCO is inviting partners around the world to organise and register their own ESD events in the month of May. Select events will be promoted on the UNESCO World Conference website. The deadline for submissions is 30 April, 2021. Read more

Survey: Research on the Extinction of Diospyros Mespiliformis Trees (Itacen Kanya) in Northern Nigeria

According to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the loss of biodiversity in Northern Nigeria is escalating alarmingly due to the adverse effect of desertification and human activities, posing a threat to food security and water resources. RCE Kano and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Action on Climate Change (CREACC-NG) are conducting research on the 'Extinction of Diospyros Mespiliformis Trees (Itacen Kanya) in Northern Nigeria: Its Impact on Food Security and Improving Nutrition'.  

The questionnaire can be downloaded here, and should be sent to or by 30 May, 2021. 

Survey: Teachers’ Readiness to Integrate ESD and GCED into their Teaching

UNESCO, together with Education International, is conducting a global survey of teachers' readiness to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) into their teaching. The study will gather information on teachers' readiness to teach ESD and GCED, the training and support available to them, approaches taken to teaching ESD and GCED across the curriculum and in assessing learning outcomes as well as other ESD- and GCED-related activities in school and with local communities.

Under the guidance of a Technical Expert Group established in 2020, an on-line survey has been developed and is available in several languages including the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

The survey can be accessed here and is open until 25 April, 2021. It should take about 30-40 minutes to complete. The survey targets all teachers in formal primary and secondary education, regardless of the subject(s) they teach.

The survey will help to fill an important data gap by providing information from the perspective of one of the key actors in education systems worldwide – teachers themselves – and the extent to which they are motivated, adequately prepared and supported to mainstream ESD and GCED in their teaching.

The results of the survey will be presented at UNESCO’s next Global Forum on ESD and GCED which will be hosted by the Republic of Korea in September 2021. The Global Forum which takes place every two years brings together policymakers, civil society and experts and practitioners in ESD and GCED. In 2021, the Forum will examine the progress that has been made towards achieving SDG Target 4.7 and the barriers to progress. Studies produced for, and presented during, the Forum will help assess the extent to which ESD and GCED are being mainstreamed in education systems and how ESD and GCED can help to build resilience going forward.

RCE Dobong-gu Invites Youth to Join Project Neuru

RCE Dobong-gu invites youth to join 'Project Neuru', a project to develop glocal leadership: 'think globally and act locally'. The name 'Neuru' is a Korean word meaning 'for a long time, not all at once', which could be translated to aiming for a sustainable life for youth for a long time. 'Project Neuru' will contain various voices of youth in the RCE community to promote sustainable development by using photovoice, a qualitative research method that reveals their voices and experiences through photography as a medium, promoting community change. Due to COVID-19, all processes will be Zoom-based. Youth participating in the project will be given the benefits of participating in photovoice research classes and a final reporting session, producing research reports (portfolios), with certificates to be issued under the name of the mayor of RCE Dobong-gu in Seoul.  

  • Application period: 19 February – 19 March, 2021 
  • Eligibility: Youth aged 10 to 19 years  
  • Application method: Email an application form to (Details will be notified by email after applications are checked) 

For more information, view the concept note here

Challenge Campus 2030 – Edition 2

Calling students and university professors and researchers – the 2nd edition of the Challenge Campus 2030 is calling for projects to submit their vision for a campus of 2030; one that has achieved all 17 SDGs. Organised by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), and Agorize, projects can fall under one of three themes: Student Life, The Campus in the City, or New Educational Issues. Find out more about the challenge and how to participate here.

Virtual Roundtables on Education

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of an education crisis leaving 1.5 billion + learners the world over out of school, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) has recently launched a new initiative to solicit voices of key stakeholders in education who have been impacted most by this crisis – i.e. the students, parents and teachers. The initiative, titled 'Virtual round tables on education' aims to gather opinions by these key focus groups on the future of education. Key findings from these discussions will contribute towards MGIEP’s International Science and Evidence-based Education (ISEE) Assessment as well as UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiatives. 

From September – November, 2020, a series of online discussions will be organised with students, parents and teachers from the five UNESCO regions (i.e. Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean). MGIEP is currently looking for active participation from students between the ages of 12-18 from Africa, the Arab States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to be a part of the discussions, interested stakeholders can submit their applications here

Further details can be found on the webpage here.

Green Olympiad 2020

GREEN Olympiad is TERI’s flagship programme which has been implemented since 1999. The programme is an international level quiz programme on environment and sustainable development for students in grades 4 – 12. The programme attracts participation from school students across India and abroad. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GREEN Olympiad 2020 is being conducted online. For more information, view the announcement poster or visit the programme website here.

Join In: My COVID-19 Story #YouthOfUNESCO Campaign

UNESCO is inviting young people to submit their stories about their COVID-19 experiences in written or video format, sharing any actions they have taken or creative ideas developed to face these challenging times. Stories will be disseminated through UNESCO’s social media channels and will also contribute to the upcoming ‘Youth as Researchers - COVID-19 project’, which will collect and consolidate knowledge and data on, by and with young people around a series of key issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. inequality and discrimination), as well as examine the impact of the crisis on young people (especially young women - who are out of school or unemployed because of the crisis). Read more

Join In: UNECE Photography Contest

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched a photography contest, 'Humans locked down, nature unlocked: a global photo contest on flora and fauna in the time of COVID-19 in support of the restoration of ecosystems'.

Submissions are being accepted of photographs of flora or fauna taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, to reinforce the message the United Nations is trying to send: we need to take urgent action to protect and restore species’ natural habitats, use natural resources in a more sustainable manner, and preserve the environment.

The entries will gain a chance to appear in a web-based gallery and will be promoted by the United Nations. The best 13 photographs will be used to illustrate a 2021 calendar of UNECE, and showcased at a photography exhibition at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in Autumn 2020 to celebrate and promote the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Submission are being accepted until 15 September, 2020. Read more about the contest and how to participate here.

Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a Global Survey on the impact of COVID-19 in higher education. If you work at a university, you can take part in the survey (less than 10 minutes to fill out) and help IAU get a comprehensive understanding of the current situation in universities worldwide. The results of the survey will allow the higher education sector and society at large to better understand strategies to mitigate the impacts of COVID 19. The survey is available in English, French and Spanish here

Survey on Sustainable Development at Universities in Latin America

An international study is currently being undertaken by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP), aimed at identifying the extent to which universities in Latin America are pursuing sustainability initiatives and the role these initiatives play in their operations. Administrative staff and lecturers engaged with sustainability policies or initiatives in Latin America are invited to take part in this survey (estimated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete). All individual answers will be treated with confidentiality, and no personal data will be gathered or stored. Participants wishing to receive a copy of the results can indicate this by ticking the box at the end of the questionnaire. Take the survey here.

"The Good Adult Educator" ICAE Webinar Series

The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) inspires dialog, exchange of ideas and critical reflection on highly relevant topics in adult education. This includes a webinar series discussing "The good adult education", following the latest edition of DVV International's journal Adult Education and Development (AED) with the same topic.

The latest issue of AED is about professionalisation in adult education. The following authors of this AED issue have agreed to participate in these webinars:

During the webinars the authors will present their articles written for this years' AED edition, further discuss with the commenter and exchange with the participants. 

Further information can be found here

The Futures of Education Initiative

UNESCO's Futures of Education initiative aims to rethink education and shape the future. The initiative is catalysing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity. It relies on a broad, open consultative process that involves youth, educators, civil society, governments, business and other stakeholders. UNESCO is welcoming active participation through the following online engagement channels:

Find out more about the initiative here.

Registrations Open: 4th International Conference on Learning Cities

UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members from around the world will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss effective lifelong learning policies and practices at this year’s International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC), which will take place in MedellÍn, Colombia, from 1 to 3 October, 2019. The theme for the conference is 'Inclusion – A Principle for Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Cities'.

Registration is now open at The deadline for registration is 16 August, 2019.

Further information:
Information Package (English)
Information Package (French)
Information Package (Spanish)

Universitas Gadjah Mada Summer Course Programs 2019

Universitas Gadjah Mada are currently accepting registrations for their 2019 Summer Course programs. Topics include 'Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development', 'Smart Integrated Farming for Sustainable Agriculture', and 'Integrated Food Security in ASEAN', among others. Take a look at the flyer for a list of the courses and dates on offer.

Registrations are accepted through UGM’s Student Admission System here.

Call for Participation: Best of Waste (BOW) 2019 Competition

Since 2017, RCE Central Semenanjung, through its secretariat UM Community & Sustainability Centre (UMCares), have organised a ‘DIY Made Simple’ competition. The aim of this competition-based programme is to create awareness of how waste can be converted to useful products, by promoting product invention among school students and inspiring them to use unused materials to improve their school facilities by applying the do-it-yourself (DIY) concept.

New for 2019, an international category has been created for RCE members in the Asia-Pacific region, with two prizes to be awarded. Eligible RCEs are welcome to submit a video of any recycling and upcycling activities or programs being conducted in their country, particularly within schools.

Participation in this competition will encourage the exchange of knowledge and practices regarding the recycling of waste and upcycling of unused products or materials, and supports SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Submissions are currently being accepted, until 27 September, 2019. View the competition poster here, or visit the competition webpage here for more information.

Applications Now Open: UNU Intensive Core Courses

UNU-IAS is currently accepting applications for its four-week UNU Intensive Core (UNU-IC) Courses at UNU Centre in Tokyo, Japan, from 2-27 September, 2019. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, and draw on the research projects undertaken at UNU-IAS and at various other UNU institutes located worldwide. Although advanced in nature, they are open to postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations who are not necessarily specialists in the field. Details on the courses offered, requirements, and application procedure can be found here. The deadline for applications is 5 July, 2019.

Get Involved: TRiFOCAL London (Transforming City Food Habits for Life)

TRiFOCAL London is an initiative being led by Resource London (a partnership between WRAP and LWARB) together with Groundwork London. The aim of the project is to pilot an innovative approach to encourage the prevention of food waste by changing behaviours, to promote healthy and sustainable eating, and to encourage food waste recycling.

The team are currently looking to hear from businesses that would be interested in pioneering and cascading good practice across London, as well as EU replication cities to feed into the project development and act as ambassadors of the TRiFOCAL project in their countries. They will also be working to deliver workshops on food waste to schools in London, and are looking for teachers who would like to be a part of the schools working group to guide the future of the schools programme. To find out more about how to get involved, visit their website.

Online Consultation on the Draft UNESCO Position Paper on the Future of Education for Sustainable Development

What makes people act for sustainable development? How can education help make the transformation?

UNESCO invites concerned stakeholders and the public to review the draft UNESCO position paper on the future of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and share their comments by 9 November, 2018. The UNESCO position paper on the future of ESD reflects on where the work of ESD stands amidst new emerging contexts and proposes the way forward for the 2020-2030 period. Find out more and how to have your say here.

2018 Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development

Co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Tongji University, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development is an annual programme for emerging leaders in the region that aims to build capacity on holistic sustainability thinking and evidence-based approaches for effective action. This year’s programme will be held 17-21 September, 2018 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. For more information about the programme including the application process and selection criteria, visit the website here:

The deadline for applications is 10 August, 2018.

Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Training Programme, Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development

Applications are currently open for the Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Training Programme, which seeks to prepare young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects. Held from 2 July – 10 September, 2018, the 10-week programme will rely on an online platform as well as social media and weekly local or online actions to engage participants in the theory and practice of leadership, sustainability, and ethics. Further details about the programme as well as eligibility, content and the application procedure can be found here. The deadline for applications is 4 June, 2018.

IPBES: Call for Nominations of Experts and Expressions of Interest in Providing Technical Support Units

Following IPBES-6 in Medellin, Colombia, the Plenary in decision IPBES-6/1 approved:

  • the undertaking of a methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, hereafter referred to as “the assessment on values”;
  • the undertaking of a thematic assessment of the sustainable use of wild species following IPBES-6; and
  • the undertaking of a thematic assessment of invasive alien species, following IPBES-7, for consideration by the Plenary at IPBES-10.

The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel would like to formally invite governments and other relevant stakeholders:

  1. to nominate experts for:
    • the assessment on values; and
    • the assessment of the sustainable use of wild species; and
  2. to make offers for hosting a technical support unit (TSU) for:
    • the assessment on values;
    • the assessment of the sustainable use of wild species

Interested experts (Nominees) are encouraged to contact their IPBES National Focal Point ( regarding any country-specific processes or deadlines and are requested to fill out their application form by no later than 1 June, 2018. Read full details of the call here.

Call for Expert Reviewers: IPBES Global Assessment

IPBES has announced the start of the external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The period for this second external review is 30 Apr - 29 Jun, 2018.

To participate as an expert reviewer for the global assessment:

  1. Register as a user on the IPBES website
  2. Apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters of the global assessment (link works when logged in as an IPBES website user)
  3. Once registered, you will receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and will be requested to submit your comments in English using the provided template

For any queries regarding this external review, please contact Hien Ngo (

Call for Contributions: IPBES Capacity-building Rolling Plan

IPBES has launched a call to support the implementation of activities under three priority areas of its capacity-building rolling plan. Contributions are invited for:

1) supporting the use and uptake of approved IPBES assessment reports;

2) developing guidance on national and (sub)regional science-policy platforms and networks; and

3) supporting the development and increasing use of learning materials on IPBES guides and assessments.

Additional information and access to the forms to register can be found in each area described above. Any further questions or contributions beyond the three priority areas under this call can be sent to the technical support unit on capacity-building at The deadline for submitting contributions under this call is 3 June, 2018.

Participate in the First Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Challenge

Asia-Pacific Youth Focal Points are invited to participate in the first Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Challenge, to be held in February 2018, to address UN SDGs 13 and/or 14 through on-the-ground projects. In celebration, a 1-day Virtual Youth Conference will be held in mid-September 2018 where youth will present their projects to a global audience. To read more and to apply, click here

Review for Second Order Draft (SOD) of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Second Order Draft Expert Review is now open, until 25 February 2018. Expert Reviewers are called on to take part in this review. Register here


RCE Lagos is launching its first Youth Technology Academy to showcase the innovative skills of Nigerian youth driving Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Sustainable Development (SD) through the use of technology, and is calling on youth who are interested in registering. Registrations are currently being accepted here until 19 January, 2018.


The recent 10th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting highlighted the importance of creating awareness and encouraging youth to turn ideas into actions within the Asia-Pacific region. As part of this, the RCE Youth Network Asia-Pacific is calling for applications for youth focal points. Access the application form to apply here


IPBES is calling on IPBES members, observers and stakeholders to submit feedback on its online catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies, following recent developments it has made. Feedback is sought particularly in relation to (i) the content of the web pages and various elements of the catalogue, (ii) the structure of the website and its navigation, and (iii) the functionalities offered by the catalogue (e.g. the search options, interlinkages provided, and the process to upload further content).

The catalogue can be accessed here (please note that access needs to be requested here whilst being signed in to an IPBES account. Register for an IPBES account here).

Feedback can be compiled using the provided template here, with feedback requested by 19 January, 2018, to be sent to

IPBES is also inviting stakeholders to submit any relevant policy instruments, policy support tools and methodologies, case studies, and learning opportunities for inclusion in its online catalogue. Content can be uploaded here


Assessment is open 15 June - 15 August 2017. The global assessment will provide vital data to assess progress against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs.Read more


IPBES is calling for submissions for examples of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) for the IPBES Global Assessment. Anyone with relevant indigenous and local knowledge or involved in projects or publications on ILK and biodiversity can make a contribution. Read more


The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) and the UNESCO Office in Bangkok have launched a survey to assess Intangible Cultural Heritage-related programmes in higher education. You can participate until 15 August! Read more


Young entrepreneurs (age 15-35) are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Deadline is 31st July. Read more


Applicants (pupils up to 14 years old, and youth (15 – 25)) can submit their essays on “Learning from Nature” in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese until 15 June 2017. Read more


The 5th ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme “Building transformational leadership towards the Sustainable Development Goals” will be held on29 June – 5 July, 2017, at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. The Programme will provide participants with the necessary inter-disciplinary skills to lead sustainable development initiatives in local, regional or global contexts. The Programme has a special focus on collaborative efforts, leveraging networks and will involve multiple stakeholders. Applications are open to post-doctoral fellows from ProSPER.Net member universities, former Young Researchers’ School (YRS) participants, and young professionals from public and private sectors. 
Deadline is 20 April, 2017.


Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, a GAP Key Partner. Read more


The Film4Climate Global ‪‎Video‬ Competition invites filmmakers between the ages of 14-35 years old to showcase their talents and create a Public Service Advertisement (PSA) (less than 1 min) or a Short Film (1-5 minutes) about ‪climate‬ action. The videos should show a personal climate change narrative. Submission deadline is 15 September, 2016.