How to Benefit Most of the RCE Network - Catalogue of Resources

This Catalogue of Resources aims to describe the processes in place for new RCEs and existing RCEs alike on how to benefit most from the RCE network.

Guiding Principles for the RCE Community

In an effort to step up the contributions of the global RCE network beyond the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), and in order to strengthen its capacities towards implementing the priorities of the Global Action Programme on ESD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is necessary to protect the integrity of the global RCE network and to promote quality of practice consistent with the principles of good governance. These Guiding Principles ensure that the behaviours of each RCE as well as the global RCE network are in line with the principles of good ethical practices. RCEs are expected to observe these Guiding Principles in a transparent, collegial, and accountable manner. Read more 

UNU-IAS Roadmap for RCEs

The UNU-IAS Roadmap for the RCE community is the result of a coordinated internal review conducted by the UNU-IAS’ ESD Programme in 2015, in consultation with and advice from the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs. It seeks to capitalize on successes and respond to challenges relating to ESD which have arisen during the DESD, and will play a role in the implementation of the GAP and the SDGs. Read more

Logo and Name Policy

Since the RCE logo includes the UN logo as an integral part, the UNU-IAS was required to obtain approval from the UN Legal Office in New York to use it. The UN Legal Office approved the use of the RCE logo with specific conditions as stated in the Logo and Name Policy. As stated in the aforementioned Guiding Principles (point 2.4) Each RCE is expected to use the RCE name or logo appropriately as described in the RCE Logo Use Policy; to refrain from the unauthorized use of the names or logos of the UN, UNU or relevant UNU institutes; to act in line with the character of these institutions; and to refrain from any unethical practices.” Read more

Online Profiles

RCEs are requested to provide the RCE Service Centre with a short profile and 1-2 images that reflect the RCE’s activities. Each RCE is depicted on the RCE Portal. The profile should include contact information and any relevant links (RCE website, facebook/twitter accounts). An example can be found here. Having an online profile will enhance the visibility and network opportunities of RCEs within the network and beyond.

Open Call Regional and Global Conferences

Global and regional RCE meetings provide a platform for discussion, sharing of knowledge and learning. The opportunity to meet face to face, network and connect provides benefit to individual RCEs and the community as a whole. RCEs interested in hosting are encouraged to apply and need to follow the official application guidelines in order to ensure a transparent and democratic process. Read more

Annual Reporting

All RCEs are required to submit an annual report that reflects RCE management and activities. Annual Reports are to be submitted online. Collecting these reports of all RCEs globally, allows all RCEs to search for synergies, connect and learn from each other. Reporting furthermore provides opportunity for RCE self-assessment.  As stated in the aforementioned Guiding Principles (point 2.8): "Each RCE is expected to make a commitment to carry its actions as per core RCE principles – on governance, collaboration, research and development, and transformative education – as well as take responsibility to fulfill their stated goals and objectives, and report annually to the Global RCE Service Centre." Read more

RCE e-Bulletin

The RCE e-bulletin is a publication of the RCE Global Service Centre. It includes RCE relevant messages, events, news, open calls, and ESD publications. RCEs can contribute to the monthly bulletin and hence share information with the rest of the network using this form and mailing it to the Global RCE Service at rceservicecentre@unu.edu. Submissions must be made by the 15th of every month. 

Facebook

The RCE facebook account publishes real-time news and events. Funding opportunities, grants and open calls are also shared regularly. Follow us! RCEs that have their own facebook page are encouraged to connect with the official RCE network facebook page in order to share each other's posts and benefit from one another. Read more

Policy Briefs and Collaborative Publications

UNU-IAS regularly publishes policy briefs on specific issues as well as other ESD relevant publications (working papers, reports, books). Themes in the past have been Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. RCEs interested in joining forces to publish material in form of policy briefs, working papers or other publications are always encouraged to contact the RCE Service Centre at rceservicecentre@unu.edu. We specifically encourage inter-RCE collaboration for publication purposes. Examples of policy briefs can be found here.

Capacity Development

Since the beginning of 2016, RCEs have access to the Capacity Development Marketplace on the RCE Portal. It includes listings for funding opportunities, grants, call for papers, e-learning opportunities, jobs and other relevant information. Developing SD and ESD competences and capabilities as well as a science-policy interface are objectives set forth in the ESD Programme Strategic Framework. As such, capacity development of RCEs and collaborative learning within the network are priorities set forth by the RCE Service Centre.

Other Relevant UNU-IAS Activities

UNU-IAS/ESD's second flagship project, dubbed ProSPER.Net, Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network, is an alliance of leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region that are committed to integrating sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula. The network is developing a new generation of leaders who can best tackle global sustainability challenges in the face of rapid environmental degradation.

There are several synergies and cross cutting interests between RCEs and ProSPER.Net, considering ProSPER.Net's relevance in Asia Pacific as a region and Higher Education as a sector. This is especially relevant within the framework of a broader international agenda that recognizes the importance of education and research to help build a more sustainable future. 

RCE Mentoring Pack by RCE Greater Portland

These resources are based on the core details provided on the RCE Network website and discovered through the development process of RCE Greater Portland (aka, the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network [GPSEN]). Credit for this work is shared with the various mentors, stakeholders, committees, and Board of Directors. We hope that these efforts can help you work through your own core questions and processes. We had many of the same questions when we started. While every RCE is unique, based on its own regional challenges and resources, we hope that these tools will help you not have to recreate the wheel.
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