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Issue 86: October 2018
Registrations Closing Soon: 11th Global RCE Conference

There is still time to register for the upcoming 11th Global RCE Conference, to be hosted by RCE Cebu from 7-9 December, 2018, in Cebu, the Philippines. Under the theme 'Education for the Sustainable Development Goals', all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take centre stage, as the SDGs offer RCEs diverse entry points to tackle sustainable development issues relevant to their respective regions through education and training at all levels.

For details on the programme, venue, and logistics, please visit the 11th Global RCE Conference website

To register, please click here. For those who are not able to access the webpage, please submit the Registration Form and email it to RCE Cebu (ceburce@gmail.com) and the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu). The deadline for registrations is 11:59pm, Sunday 4th November, 2018 (PHT).

Reminder: 7th Annual RCE Awards

Nominations for the 7th annual RCE Awards are closing soon on 31 October, 2018! RCEs are encouraged to nominate one or more of their ESD projects for the award; ESD projects and programmes are to demonstrate how an RCE is promoting multi-stakeholder learning processes through policy dialogue, research and collaborative partnerships.

The purpose of the Award is to celebrate outstanding projects and programmes on education for sustainable development (ESD) with a view to increasing the visibility of the work of individual RCEs as well as the Global RCE network. The Award also aims at highlighting how distinct sustainable development capacities, expertise and resources within an RCE network are being drawn upon to implement transformative learning to encourage sustainable development.

Award recipients will be featured at the 11th Global RCE Conference this December in Cebu, the Philippines.

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 2018' before saving (Please note: projects submitted since November 2017 are 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 on 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 11:59pm, 31 October, 2018 (JST).

Report: 11th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

Photo credit: Josh Newman (Vinewood Studios)

A total of 84 delegates from RCEs across Asia-Pacific gathered in the Greater Western Sydney region in Australia for the 11th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting from 25-27 September, 2018 under the theme 'Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Education and Impact'. Hosted by RCE Greater Western Sydney, the meeting aimed to strengthen inter-RCE collaboration and showcase successful cases in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in relation to mainstreaming the SDGs for education and impact. The Global RCE Service Centre wishes to thank the team at RCE Greater Western Sydney for their wonderful support, organisation, and efforts in making this event a success.

Participants were briefed on the GAP assessment and the need to refocus on SDGs as the overall framework for ESD for future interventions. Breakout group discussions were conducted on the areas of 'Community', 'Schools and Youth', and 'Higher Education', whilst participants also benefitted from capacity-building workshops on partnerships and strategies for collaboration. A capacity-building initiative on biodiversity and ecosystem services was also conducted, which provided RCE stakeholders with insights into the IPBES process as well as the exploration of potential collaborative RCE actions for IPBES. Read more

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Upcoming Events

Open Calls

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 19 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 about the paper and how to have your say here.

Call for Papers for Special Issue of SJoR: Study and Practice of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability: The Journal of Record (SJoR) will publish a special issue focusing on the study and practice of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the learning foundations necessary to achieve the SDGs and create sustainable well-being societies. The call is for articles that focus on higher education planning and policy; leadership and team building; organisational change; and the core competencies (skills, knowledge, values, and habits of mind) that cut across four main domains in higher education - content, pedagogy, modelling, and assessment - to implement and achieve the SDGs. Submissions are due 30 November, 2018. Read more

Have Your Say: Survey on Gender Inclusion in Waste Education Programmes

Have you been involved in any past, ongoing, or planned waste education programmes?

Dr. Leticia S. dos Muchangos, a member of the UNU-IAS ESD Project, is currently conducting a research project to identify and propose gender-responsive approaches to improve education for sustainable development (ESD) in the sustainable production and consumption (SPC) arena, focusing on the case of waste education programmes.

The initial task included the assessment of the state-of-the-art scientific literature on waste education and the inclusion of gender perspectives; and the identification of requirements and attributes for comprehensive inclusion of gender perspectives in waste education programmes.

As a result, a systematic conceptual framework was developed, to operationalise gender mainstreaming into waste education. Specifically, the framework allows the before and after assessments of all stages of waste education programmes, including the needs assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation stages; as well as, the gender capacity assessment of the individual(s) and entity(ies) involved in the management of the waste education programme.

The second phase, which is dependent on the outcomes of the first phase, will include the selection of waste education programmes that can potentially be case studies, and in-depth gender analysis of the waste education programme cycle (needs assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation stages).

The survey can be accessed here. For any questions regarding the survey, please contact leticia.muchangos@unu.edu.

Latest News

RCE Khomas-Erongo Member Wins UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

The Global RCE Service Centre wishes to congratulate the winners of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD, including the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), member of RCE Khomas-Erongo in Namibia and a fellow partner organisation in Network 5 for the GAP. The prize honours individuals, institutions, organisations or other entities for outstanding projects or programmes in the field of ESD, with three annual prizes of US $50,000 awarded.

NaDEET was selected for its project 'NaDEET Centre on NamibRand' which runs programmes offering hands-on immersion in ESD for schoolchildren, community groups, educators, and parents. Through experiential transformative learning, sustainable living is put into practice. Other winners of the prize include the Kalabia Foundation in Indonesia (awarded for its experiential programme 'Environmental Education for the Heart of the Coral Triangle') and the Let's Do It Foundation in Estonia (awarded for its international projects 'World Clean Up Day' and 'Keep it Clean'). Read more

RCE Minna Holds 2nd Graduate Interactive Session

Photo credit: RCE Minna

To commemorate Nigeria's Independence Day and World Habitat Day this year, RCE Minna organised the 2nd RCE Minna Graduate Interactive Session (GIS) on 1 October, 2018. During the session, interactive presentations were made on a range of areas, such as Time Management, Financial Literacy, Life after Graduation and the National Youth Service Corps experience as well as an overview of RCE Minna and its activities. The 2018 edition of the RCE Minna GIS was an educative and enlightening session that has broadened the mind of young graduates towards taking positive actions to help develop their communities, whilst also providing a platform for young people to interact and share their thoughts. Read more


Good Life Goals

Launched by the global change agency Futerra and the UN 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme, the Good Life Goals is a set of actions for individuals around the world to help support the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlighting the vital role of individual action, the Good Life Goals lay out 85 ways in which anyone, anywhere, can contribute. A range of materials to help stakeholders explore and communicate around the Good Life Goals is available here.

Making the Connections: A Teachers' Network Puts ESD into Practice

In this feature article from UNESCO Bangkok, three participants of the project 'Sustainability Begins with Teachers in Southeast Asia' share their ESD stories from Cambodia, Indonesia and Lao PDR. The article also includes a link to an ESD guidebook for teacher educators, 'Integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Teacher Education in South-East Asia: A Guide for Teacher Educators' which was developed through the project. Access the article here.

Mapping of the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Office at Geneva has mapped out expertise on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) found across international organisations, NGOs and other institutions based in Geneva, with over 75 organisations participating in this initial exercise. The maps, available here, were envisioned as 'a tool to help strengthen synergies, improve coordination to support countries achieve the SDGs and to provide Member States an overview of who is doing what and where'. 

The second edition of the SDG mapping (of which about 100 actors took part) is available as a website allowing users to interactively visualise the results.