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Issue 87: November 2018
11th Global RCE Conference

There's just over one week to go before the 11th Global RCE Conference, to be hosted by RCE Cebu in the Philippines from 7-9 December, 2018. The programme will feature case presentations and workshops, as well as sessions run by regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe) and themes (Primary & Secondary Education, Higher Education & TVET, and Community Education). For all of the latest updates on the programme, please visit the 11th Global RCE Conference website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Call to Host RCE Regional Meetings 2019

The Global RCE Service Centre gladly announces an open call to host RCE Regional Meetings for 2019.

The Regional RCE Meetings in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe continue to be important mechanisms to create synergies within the network and specifically within and across regions. Held annually, they provide a platform for discussion, networking, the sharing of knowledge, and learning.

Details on how to apply can be found here. Applications are being accepted from now until Thursday 31 January, 2019 (11:59pm JST).

Report: 7th Americas Regional Meeting

(Photo credit: RCE Greater Atlanta)

The 7th Americas Regional RCE Meeting, hosted by RCE Cuenca del Plata, was held in Posadas, Argentina from 24-27 October, 2018 under the theme 'ESD, Conservation and Climate Change in the 2030 Agenda'. Bringing together ten RCEs from seven countries and over 300 local participants from across the Americas region, ESD took a central role as participants came together to discuss how to best implement all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the provincial and local level. The Global RCE Service Centre wishes to thank the team at RCE Cuenca del Plata for their efforts and superb organisation in making this event a success. Read more 

Video: 11th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

Take a look at the highlights from the 11th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting and Symposium, held 25-27 September, 2018, hosted by RCE Greater Western Sydney. Watch here

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Upcoming Events

Open Calls

Applications Open: 7th ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum

(Photo source: Asia-Europe Foundation)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) are co-organising the 7th ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (#ARC7) titled 'Higher Education Taking Action Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from Asia and Europe' from 11-14 May, 2019 in Bucharest, Romania.

Applications are now open for student leaders to join #ARC7, which brings together 200 higher education leaders, rectors, policymakers, and fellow students from all 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries next year.

For further details and to apply, please visit the website here. The deadline for applications is Thursday, 29 November, 2018 (11.30am GMT).

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 here.

Latest News

RCE Greater Atlanta Celebrates RCE Acknowledgement with Launch Event

RCE Greater Atlanta celebrated its official launch and acknowledgement by the United Nations University at an event hosted on 10th October, 2018 by the Center for Civil and Human Rights, an RCE member organisation. The event also kicked off the Center’s 70th anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and included presentations by Porsche and the Office of the Consulate General of Switzerland. Read more

Community Education on Peaceful Coexistence in Nine Okordia Clan and Zarama Clan Communities

Two affiliate Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of RCE Greater Yenagoa - the Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI) (as lead partner) and SprintLife (SL) (as associate), visited a number of communities in the Zarama and Okordia clans between 7-9 November, 2018 as part of community engagement initiatives. Read more


UNESCO's Commitment to Biodiversity - Connecting People and Nature for an Inspiring Future

This publication highlights some of UNESCO's biodiversity-related actions and solutions that have been implemented, along with suggestions for improvement and innovation. The publication features a range of thematic challenges, comprising a section on UNESCO's role in education, including the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD and its efforts in strengthening biodiversity education and learning. Access the publication here.

Japan Local SDGs Map

This project from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) takes a look at 17 projects taking place in Japan based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Okayama’s work on ESD. View the map here.

Help is on the Way: Lesson Worksheets on the SDGs

This series of worksheets created by Anderson Romanhuk covers a number of the SDGs (including SDG 4 - Quality Education), raising questions to brainstorm ideas to think about ways to enact change. View the worksheets here.

Cultural Change for Social Impact

This article, on the Impakter website, speaks about the importance of developing a culture around sustainable development to drive social impact, and in turn to overcome challenges in achieving the SDGs and 2030 targets. A number of examples of initiatives within Australia are discussed. Read more

A Guide to SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation

This report from the International Council for Science examines the interactions between the various SDGs and targets, determining to what extent they reinforce or conflict with each other, with a seven-point scale proposed to quantify these interactions. It also includes a detailed analysis of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), and SDG 14 (Life Below Water), discussing their interactions with other goals. Read more

SDG City Reports on Shimokawa, Toyama, and Kitakyushu

Jointly written by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), these reports demonstrate how three Japanese cities (Shimokawa, Toyama, and Kitakyushu) are driving action on the SDGs both in terms of policy and planning. Read more

IGES SDG Interlinkages Analysis & Visualisation Tool

(Photo source: IGES)

An updated version of the SDG Interlinkages Analysis & Visualisation Tool (V2.0) from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was launched in July this year, allowing users to understand and visualise the interlinkages within and between the SDGs. Not only does this help users to understand how achieving one target may impact another target, it also helps to identify areas of synergies and trade-offs, as well as the differences between countries, and their progress and performance over time. Read more

Solutions - For Everyone, For Everybody

Released in 2015, the film 'Tomorrow' sought to 'encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet'. The website for the film presents a series of everyday actions that individuals can take to make a difference, as well as collective and political actions. Read more 

Living Planet Report 2018

Released every two years, WWF's Living Planet Report is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the state of the health of the planet. This twelfth edition, the Living Planet Report 2018, describes the 'urgent need for a new global deal for nature and people with clear, ambitious goals, targets and metrics, to reverse the devastating trend of biodiversity loss currently impacting [the planet].' Read more