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Issue 124: December 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Greetings from the Global RCE Service Centre! As we reach the end of the year, we would like to thank you all for your continuous efforts and contributions in the area of ESD and the enthusiasm and dedication displayed. This has been apparent in the innovative projects we have seen within the network this year, which inspire us all in the RCE community for the following year ahead!

As we look towards 2022 and continuing these connections, we have recently announced an open call to host RCE events in 2022. Please see below for further details, as well as a reminder that registration is still open for the upcoming Europe Regional Meeting in February 2022.

If you would like to share any news, upcoming events, open calls, or publications for an upcoming bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the Global RCE Service Centre at rceservicecentre@unu.edu (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

From all at the Global RCE Service Centre, we would like to wish you a Happy Holidays! 
Please note that the Global RCE Service Centre will be closed during the UNU's official vacation period (23 December, 2021 - 31 December, 2021). We will process your requests and emails when we return in the New Year. 

The Global RCE Service Centre

Open Call to Host RCE Events in 2022
The Global RCE Service Centre gladly announces an open call to host RCE events in 2022. 
Applications are being accepted to host the following events: 
  • 14th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 
  • 12th African Regional Meeting 
  • 11th Americas Regional Meeting 
  • Europe Regional Meeting (Please note this is an open call for the next meeting after the European Regional RCE Meeting which will be hosted by RCE Fryslan from 8-9 February, 2022)
RCEs interested in hosting a regional meeting listed above are encouraged to apply. RCEs may host as individual RCEs or work with other RCEs as joint hosts. Because RCEs are multi-stakeholder networks, participation from different actors (organisations and individuals) within the RCE is critical in hosting duties.  
TO APPLY: Please complete the Proposal to Host RCE Event 2022 Form, to be submitted with an official letter of interest, a tentative programme, budget sheet, and any other supporting documents (optional), to the Global RCE Service Centre at RCEServiceCentre@unu.edu by Monday, 28 February, 2022 (11:59pm JST). View the complete open call here.
Reminder: Europe Regional Meeting 2022 - Registrations Open

SPARK the Movement (RCE Fryslan) warmly invites you to the European RCE Meeting 2022, taking place on the 8th and 9th of February, 2022. The meeting will now be held fully online.
The organisers are currently working hard with their partners to provide attendees with an insightful and engaging program, focussing on how to stimulate our imagination to build a sustainable world together. "We believe we need to mobilise all creative power of students and teachers but also of businesses, local governments and NGO's to build a thriving region, related to a healthy planet." 
Registrations are currently open here.

(Photo credit: Hannah Swart)

Upcoming Events

Online Open House for Prospective UNU-IAS Students
28 January, 2022 (16:00-17:10 JST), online

Curious about studying Sustainability Science at an international organisation? UNU-IAS will host an online 'open house' event for prospective students on 28 January 2022 (16:00-17:10 JST), which will provide insights into the learning experiences, ongoing research, and other opportunities available to students at the institute. UNU-IAS offers master's and doctoral degree programmes that aim to produce the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow, who will be at the forefront of global efforts towards a more sustainable future.

During the event, alumni will share 'why UNU-IAS?' from their own learning experiences, and explain the research they conducted during their studies, as well as how it has enabled their career growth. Register here by 26 January, 2022.

(Photo credit: Keniichi Tanaka)

Japanese RCE Working Level Meeting & Japanese RCE Youth Meeting
15 February, 2022, online

Hosted by RCE Omuta, the annual Japanese RCE Working Level Meeting will be held virtually on 15 February 2022, which eight Japanese RCEs will attend. The meeting will be followed by the Japanese RCE Youth Meeting hosted by RCE Omuta and UNU-IAS. Youth participants will share their initiatives and discuss how to promote collaboration within the Japanese RCE youth network and beyond. Further details will be announced in due course.

Save the Date: Post-Global Conference Webinar 'Networking Networks'
24 February, 2022, online, from 9:00 (CET)

RCE Oldenburger Munsterland is pleased to invite you for a post-Global Conference webinar which will be dedicated to 'Networking networks'.

Networking between central groups of actors is a success factor for the Global RCE Network. The challenge of the RCE initiative is that a large, global network meets different regional networks that should not only be strategically aligned, but also have to be brought into a dialogue across cultural, organisational and content-related differences. 

This webinar serves to exchange knowledge and experience with network strategies that work. The webinar will be carried out by Detlev Lindau-Bank and Lukas Scherak (RCE Oldenburger Munsterland, Germany).

Register for the event here.

Open Calls

Latest News

ESD Okayama Award 2021 Winners Announced
The ESD Okayama Award rewards outstanding ESD practices in local communities around the world to support organisations carrying out ESD activities and to promote ESD to local communities globally through showcasing their initiatives. The Award has been presented annually since 2015. 
This year, 118 applications from 48 countries/regions were accepted. After the first round, 10 applications were selected as finalists, and two projects were awarded as winners in the final stage.
Okayama City (Japan) and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee are pleased to announce the winners of ESD Okayama Award 2021: 
  • 'Streets to Schools' for its project 'Ladders to Literacy' (Republic of the Philippines)
  • 'Triple-P - Partners for People and Planet- for its project 'Wise Wayz Water Care' (Republic of South Africa)
Read more here, and watch the award ceremony and presentations on YouTube here (in English).
RCE Bordeaux Aquitaine Initiates the Creation of a University Degree on Adaptation to Climate Change

RCE Bordeaux Aquitaine is participating in a scientific research program on adaptation - mitigation of climate change. This multidisciplinary research program, placed under the scientific direction of two members of the IPCC, calls on teachers/researchers from the university world as well as their institutional and non-institutional partners. It is in this context that RCE Bordeaux Aquitaine proposed the creation of a 120-year university degree entitled 'Ecological engineering and adaptation to climate change' which will begin in April 2022 both in initial training and in continuing training. This diploma intends to meet the demands of the various actors of society who wish to have a better knowledge of climate change, in order to develop initiatives allowing them to better adapt to current and future environmental, socio-economic, political and cultural upheavals. Learn more

RCE Greater Dhaka Conducts Community Engagement Sustainability Program: Hygiene 1.0

A community engagement sustainability program: Hygiene 1.0 was conducted in an urban slum near IUBAT on 22 November, 2021. Organised by student organisation IUBAT Earth Chapter under the guidance of IUBAT Institute of SDG Studies (IISS), collaborating with RCE Greater Dhaka, and supported by BYEI (Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative), the program was concentrated on proper waste management within slums, introducing ideas such as separating decomposable and non-decomposable waste. Two large recycle bins were initially set in the slum. The practice of waste separation will be monitored weekly by the students and community dialogues will be done with sector forums and city corporations for collection of the waste from the slum. The slum will be under the guidance of IUBAT for building waste management practice.


IAU Horizons: Leadership for a Sustainable Future – Higher Education and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals

In the December issue of IAU Horizons, the In Focus section features a collection of inspiring papers on 'Leadership for a Sustainable Future - Higher Education and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals', with contributions from university leaders from all five continents.

Take a look here.