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Call for Abstracts: 2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters
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The 2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters will be held from 24-26 January, 2020 in Kobe, Japan. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, individuals and institutions who are engaged in telling live lessons from disasters in various parts of the world will congregate in Kobe, deepen exchange and partnership, and cross-learn new initiatives and trends.

The call for abstracts for the poster session is now open, with submissions to be received by 15 September, 2019. For further information, please view the open call here.

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The third edition of Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH) will take place in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India on 10-12 December, 2019 and is organised by UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in partnership with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Conference aims at showcasing the role of digital technologies in enabling a shift from 'transmissive pedagogies' to 'transformative pedagogies' to create more peaceful and sustainable societies in line with the SDG 4.7. The Conference invites applications from academics, researchers and practitioners from the fields of social and emotional learning, games for learning, education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, data science and artificial intelligence in education.

The call is currently open for proposals on Theme 2 - Reimagining Learning Spaces for Planetary Citizenship:

To achieve a more peaceful and sustainable society, we need to move away from a culture of competition towards a culture of peace and collaboration, recognising spatial and temporal interdependence amongst us, and our embeddedness and dependence on the ecosystems. For education to be transformative, it must explore notions of intersectionality and create learning spaces conducive for people to take multiple perspectives, engage in dialogue and critical reflection, and transform society through self-transformation. Experts and practitioners of education for sustainable development (ESD), global citizenship education (GCED), global learning, human rights education, peace education, education for gender equality and education in general are invited to explore approaches to build a culture of peace and sustainability at school and community levels. This may include efforts facilitated by technology, face-to-face interactions, scenario exercises, and community-based activities.

Participants are invited to:

  • Organise a scenario building workshop to envision probable, possible and desirable futures
  • Share good practices of integrating ESD, GCED, global learning, human rights education, peace education, education for gender equality etc. in whole school approaches or informal or non-formal learning spaces
  • Showcase examples of innovative practices for using games or simulations to build awareness on concepts of peace and sustainability, or Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Proposal submission deadline: 31 August, 2019. To submit proposals, please click here.

To see more details concerning proposal submission, please click here. To see the Concept Note, please click here.

Contact information:
UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)
ICSSR Building, First Floor,
35 Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi-110001
Tel: +91-11-23 07 23 56-60

Call for Papers: Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA) Conference
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The Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA) Conference 2020, to be held 10-13 March, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, has announced a first call for papers. Under the conference theme, 'Opportunities and challenges for Sustainability in the 2020s: Understanding environments, societies, and identities in Southeast Asia', abstracts of paper / workshop / panel proposals are currently being accepted, which invite multidimensional perspectives on this issue from scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Jointly organised by SEAGA, Siam University, Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University, the aim of the conference is to advance the discourse on the issues of sustainability, space, place, and cultures in Asia to inform the decision-making and actions of society, private enterprise, and governments. The deadline for submissions is 30 November, 2019. For further information, visit the website here.

UNESCAP seeking case studies from Asia & the Pacific
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The theme of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” The specific goals under review are SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), together with SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

As a way to enrich the regional dialogue among governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders on this theme, UNESCAP are seeking inspiring, informative and credible case studies that illustrate practical measures for empowerment and inclusion that have led to more equitable outcomes for specific marginalized and vulnerable groups/communities.

Selected case studies may be featured in a variety of ways, but will mainly support analysis for a report on the theme by UNESCAP, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNDP to be launched at the 2019 APFSD.

The report will pay special attention to elements of an empowerment and inclusiveness approach to policy making as emphasized by the 2030 Agenda, which includes addressing harmful norms and practices (e.g., socio-cultural or institutional); protection of rights and access to justice; an enabling environment for participation and voice; and access to, and the mobilization of resources and capabilities.

Informed by a series of sub-regional consultations held in South-East Asia, the Pacific, North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, and South and South West Asia, the report will explore regional challenges such as climate action and livelihoods; resource mobilization for the SDGs; and civic participation and engagement, as well as others.

If you have direct insights on a relevant case study, you are invited to fill in the form below with details related to the initiative:

Case studies may support action and improved outcomes at the household, community, provincial, national, or regional levels and help reveal the importance and impact of people-centered and planet-sensitive approaches to development.

For more information, please contact Christopher Dekki ( The deadline is 22 October, 2018.

Call for Papers: Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF)
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The Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University in Seoul, in collaboration with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, will hold the second annual Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) on February 14-15, 2019, at Yonsei University. As IGEE’s signature annual event, GEEF is the cornerstone for fulfilling the mission and vision of the organisation - accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. GEEF will serve as a platform for world leaders, academia, practitioners, and the young generation to collaborate towards that goal.

Interested presenters must submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, no later than October 15, 2018, as an e-mail attachment to Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, parallel sessions during GEEF 2018 covered various topics including water management; climate change adaptation; responsible consumption and production; social economy and community development; youth’s path to engagement and empowerment; safeguarding youth in the digital age; and ICT for higher education.

Abstracts should be single-spaced, within one-page, and include the following information: (1) author(s) name, position, affiliation, and official address; (2) contact information of corresponding author(s); and (3) title and abstract of the paper. After an anonymous review by the GEEF 2019 Scientific Committee, abstract decision letters will be sent via e-mail no later than November 15, 2018 to the authors invited to give oral presentations. A full paper must be submitted to no later than January 15, 2019. Registration deadline for presenters is January 31, 2019.

Travel grants can be considered for international scholars and graduate students from non-OECD countries. For questions about the possible travel grants, please contact

Call for Proposals: The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program 2018
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The Toyota Foundation is now accepting applications for its Research Grant Program 2018, for project proposals under the theme “Exploring New Values for Society”. The grant aims to support ambitious projects that adopt a panoramic view of the world and look generations into the future in order to seek new values for society by fundamentally exploring novel philosophies and arts to address difficult issues to be faced by future society; issues that are on a global scale; issues that transcend generations; and nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future. Applications close 3 August, 2018 and full details can be found here:

Call for Submissions for New RCE Publication: Disaster Risk Reduction in ESD
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The Global RCE Service Centre would like to invite RCEs from around the world to contribute to a publication on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Education for Sustainable Development. While RCEs can certainly indicate other themes that the ESD project or practice includes, the focus of this work will be on Disaster Risk Reduction in education. Any authors interested in sharing an ESD project related to DRR are asked to:

  1. Send an expression of interest to the Global RCE Service Centre ( as soon as possible
  2. Complete the new ESD project template in full and submit it to the Global RCE Service Centre ( by 30 November, 2018. Download the template here.

Should you wish to join this project, all authors must declare from the outset the novelty of the content, that no parts of the manuscript have been published, nor are currently being considered for publication elsewhere, and that the authors are willing to provide the required information in the guidelines provided in the template, including securing the permission of all organisational actors involved in the project in addition to any established timelines.

While we will be collecting material throughout 2018, this project will not move to the publication stage until 2019 at the earliest.

Please note if you want to nominate your project for an RCE Award, your RCE will still have to submit this project into the RCE Portal through a separate process.

If you have any specific questions for clarification, please contact Dr. Philip Vaughter ( with a copy to the Global RCE Service Centre. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

** Please note the deadline for submissions has now closed. **

Call for Proposals: Future Forward Summit on Sustainable Higher Education
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The COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2018, 'Future Forward Summit on Sustainable Higher Education', co-organised by Ecocampus, the Flemish government programme for higher education for sustainability, is now calling for proposals. The Future Forward Summit aims to bring together those who are connected to higher education and who are a part of making a positive change for sustainability. Proposals should provide fresh perspectives and share innovative practices or renewal processes that support a sustainable future. Details on topics and how to submit a proposal can be found here. The deadline for submissions is 25 May, 2018.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Sustainability – "Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development"
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An upcoming special issue of Sustainability will focus on ESD competencies from preschool to higher education and in non-formal and informal education. The special issue is calling for papers, with potential topics including, but not limited to, the integration of ESD competencies in policies, strategies and programmes, innovative pedagogical approaches to ESD competencies, curriculum developments, and processes and tools to assess ESD competencies. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 November, 2018. Further details can be found here.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Sustainability – "The Future of Education for Sustainable Development – Between the Power of Technology and the Need for Responsible Citizenship"
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An upcoming special issue of Sustainability, the monthly open access journal for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, will focus on ESD – in particular on the new ways of learning that enable citizens to actively shape sustainable socio-ecological transformations. The special issue is calling for submissions in the form of cases, reviews, and research articles that discuss technological applications in the transdisciplinary light of responsible citizenship and engagement for sustainable development. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 September, 2018. Further details can be found here

2018 World Social Science Forum (WSSF)
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The WSSF 2018, to be held 25-28 September, 2018 in Fukuoka, Japan, will explore various dimensions of security under the theme “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures”. Calls for individual abstracts for participation in Specific Panels or Topical Sessions and posters is now open. The deadline is 17 March 2018 (24:00 JST). Further details can be found here.

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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). Deadline submission dates vary depending on the sessions, see the conference website for details.

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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. The deadline for submission is 5 February, 2018.

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The GSDR, mandated by the UN Member States in the outcome document of the 2012 Rio + 20 conference. As part of its outreach efforts, the IGS is soliciting inputs from a diverse group of scientific and non-scientific communities, from all over the world, in the form of publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies. They are requesting contributions in (1) interactions among SDGs and their targets, (2) transformation pathways towards sustainable development; (3) looking beyond the SDGs  and (4) the role of science for sustainable development.  If you are interested in click here.

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Central European Review of Economics and Management (CEREM) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on 21st Century skills. Abstract deadline is 15 September 2017. Read more

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The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) provides a concrete contribution towards the efforts of member universities to consolidate their initiatives in the field of sustainable development in many ways.
Call for Papers: Lifelong Learning and Education in Healthy and Sustainable Cities
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This book collects interdisciplinary reflections from researchers, educators and other experts about the linkages between environmental quality, human health, human education and well-being, including inequality, unplanned urbanization, migration, lifestyles, and consumption and production patterns. Contributions of a 200 words abstract with all contact details should be sent to by 15th January 2017.
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UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are jointly organizing the “UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education” in Ottawa, Canada, 6-10 March, 2017. This is a unique platform to discuss two key programmes of UNESCO, ESD and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7. The Deadline for submission is 23 December 2016.
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In collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), this contest invites solutions on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. Deadline is 10 February 2017.

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The Case for Space aims to strengthen civic space off- and online for youth and civil society organizations working in sustainable development. UNDP and UNESCO invite submissions on different themes related to youth and civic space in the APAC region.

Deadline for submission is 23 October.

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“SDGs and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation”. This event will provide a platform for all actors with a sustainable agenda who apply a Nexus Approach to resource management. The event will focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities.