Issue 76: December 2017

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Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As we come to the end of another year, may we take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued contributions in your work as RCEs. For those of you who were able to attend the First RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama, Japan recently, we hope you have returned home safely and that you found the conference inspiring. Thank you for your enthusiasm, active participation, sharing your presentations and for your lively discussions – together this made the event a great success! Look out for the summary of the event, coming in the New Year.

Until, then, we would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Please note that the RCE Secretariat will be closed during the UNU’s official vacation period (21 December, 2017 – 2 January, 2018). We will process your requests and emails when we return in the New Year.


The Global RCE Service Centre


Upcoming Events


2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Conference

27-29 July, 2018, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, USA

The University of Hawai'i is calling for proposals for its 2018 SAEA Conference which will highlight models of higher education that represent indigenous knowledge, decolonisation, and socio-ecological resilience in food systems education. Find out more about the conference here or about submitting your proposal here.

2018 AASHE Conference & Expo

2-5 October, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Under the theme of “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge”, the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The AASHE is currently calling for proposals – find out more about the conference here or about submitting your proposal here.

For more events visit our ESD calendar.


Open Calls


Apply Now for 2018 UNU-IAS Master's and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for September 2018 admission to its postgraduate degree programmes: the MSc in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadlines are 28 February, 2018 for the master's programme, and 27 April, 2018 for the doctoral programme. Both programmes start in September 2018. Read more

Apply Now for the 2018 JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. Jointly organised by UNU-IAS and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the institute. The application deadline for the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is 28 February, 2018. The start date for the fellowships is 1 September, 2018. Read more

Request for Feedback: IPBES Online Catalogue

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 available for download 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 (login required).


Latest News


UN General Assembly Adopts a Resolution on Education for Sustainable Development

The Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution reaffirming 'Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. Read more

Call for Youth Focal Point for RCE Youth Network Asia-Pacific

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. Read more

RCE Greater Dhaka Annual Meeting Highlights ESD Activities Towards the SDGs

RCE Greater Dhaka held their Annual Meeting for 2017 at the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) campus on 27 November, 2017. Read more

Registrations Open for the RCE Lagos Youth Technology Academy

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. Read more


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