Issue 75: November 2017

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Issue 75: November 2017


Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As Communications Associate for the ESD team, I have been serving the RCE Network and ProSPER.Net for almost four years. It is time for me to move on, and I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all of you, whom I have had the pleasure to work with and to interact. Working for the RCE network has been incredibly rewarding, and I have learned plenty during my time here. I would like to thank all of you for your hard work and commitment to make our future a more sustainable one, and wish each one of you individually, and as RCEs the best of luck in your endeavors.

My successor will be Nancy Pham. She will join the team as early as 1st December, and will also be present at the Okayama conference beginning of next month. Many of you will meet her there, and I am sure she will be in touch with most of you at one point or another. Please join me in welcoming Nancy to the team!


Hanna Stahlberg


Asia-Pacific RCEs Gather in New Delhi to Deliberate the Local Implementation of a Global Agenda on ESD

Around 50 stakeholders from the RCE community in the Asia-Pacific region met in New Delhi, India for their tenth annual gathering to deliberate on local actions towards implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as well as the implementation of the GAP on ESD. Read more

Annual Reports – Share your Story!

Please do not forget to submit your annual report through the RCE Portal. We look forward to hearing and sharing your stories! Read more

RCE Evaluation Platform Now Online!

There has been a long history of RCE evaluation processes and approaches across the different regions. These included combined and integrated approaches of evaluation, thereby focusing on three areas: Context of the RCE; RCE activities; Impacts of these activities. The goals of RCE evaluation are to collectively learn, to improve transformative learning, and to strengthen the RCE and the network. The platform we developed will give your RCE a good overview of what evaluation is, and how you can tackle the different steps to evaluate your RCE, based on the RCE’s specific goals and needs.

Please feel free to submit any feedback to the Global RCE Service Centre. Access the RCE Assessment sectionhere.

RCE Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton – Change of Name

We would like to inform you that the new full name is RCE Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton. You can find more information on this RCE here.


Upcoming Events


First RCE Thematic Conference: Towards Achieving the SDGs

5-7 December 2017, Okayama, Japan

The Global RCE Service Centre is looking forward to meeting many of its RCE network members at the first thematic RCE conference in December in Okayama. During this event, with the help of other international frameworks, we will deliver training workshops and capacity building sessions, to address the specific needs of our network members in one overarching theme.

This RCE Thematic Conference, hosted by RCE Okayama, will focus on three topics:

(1) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

(2) Climate Change

(3) Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Hopefully the conference will lead to more unity and cohesion between the different RCEs working in similar areas. Watch this space for outcomes of the conference! Read more

9th Tongyeong ESD International Forum

12-13 December 2017, Sejahtera Forest, Tongyeong, Republic of Korea

This Forum aims to strengthen networks between Asia-Pacific RCEs in the field of Teacher Training, the role of Youth, Disaster Risk Reduction preparedness, and engagement of multistakeholders in cities. Read more

Transforming Education for Humanity (TECH 2017)

16 December 2017, Visakhapatnam, India

TECH 2017 will be the first in a series of biennial conferences focused on educational technology and digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. The event is organized by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). Read more

2018 Blue Shield Australia Symposium: Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

29-30 January 2018, Canberra, Australia

The Asia-Pacific region face threats to cultural heritage from climate change and natural disasters. This symposium will bring together people working in the fields of climate change mitigation and disaster recovery across the culture sector. Read more

The Sustainability Summit (The Economist)

23-24 March 2018, London, UK

What does COP21 and the push for greater environmental sustainability mean for business? The Sustainability Summit will bring together key thinkers, policymakers and business leaders, who will deliver strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future. Read more

For more events visit our ESD calendar.


Open Calls


2018 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School - Sustainable Urban Development for the World’s Megacities

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and the ProSPER.Net Secretariat invite you to participate in the 2018 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS), to be held in Kanagawa, Japan, on 4-11 March 2018.

Applications are open for postgraduate students from ProSPER.Net member universities to participate in the interdisciplinary Young Researchers’ School on Sustainable Urban Development for the World’s Megacities. To see if your university is eligible, please check the list of ProSPER.Net members here.

The aim of the 2018 ProSPER.Net YRS is to offer postgraduate students in the network an opportunity to engage with issues related to sustainable development in the context of planning and policies in a global megacity. This time, we will also accept a limited number of Master students from ProSPER.Net universities. They can apply if they receive their supervisor’s approval, who in turn received approval from a ProSPER.Net focal point. Read more


Latest News


10th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme Focusses on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Policy and Implementation

The 10th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme, organized in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 10-13 October 2017, was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. The impact of this programme is highly significant, as it enhanced the knowledge and skills of policymakers, focusing on policy development and implementation, to achieve those key goals and targets related to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) across the Sustainable Developing Goals (SDGs). It exposed policymakers to practical learning cases. The priority of the 10th ASEAN+3 LP was enabling policy measures, strategies and actions for SCP in the ASEAN+3 region’s value chains in food security, sustainable food systems and livelihood. Read more

RCE Minna Celebrates Nigeria Independence and World Habitat Day with Youth and Leadership Development Seminar

On October 1st, 2017, RCE Minna used Nigeria's Independence Day and World Habitat Day as an opportunity to organise a Seminar with the theme: Youth and Leadership Development: The Panacea to Housing Challenges Nigeria. Read more

RCE Crete Partners for MSc in Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security

RCE Crete is a partner of a European Commission funded programme ‘Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education’ within the ERASMUS framework. The project focuses on the development of an MSc programme in Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security held at Jerash University (Jordan) and the Suez Canal University (Egypt). The project involves four universities from Jordan and four universities from Egypt. Vassilios Makrakis from the University of Crete is the coordinator and Grant Holder of the project, assisted by Frederick University (Cyprus) and Padova University (Italy). Besides RCE Crete, SEKEM/RCE Cairo also participates in the CCSAFS Consortium. Further information is available here.

Winners 2017 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan (MEXT), in cooperation with UNESCO Bangkok recently announced the winners of the 2017 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award under the theme of ‘Improving Health Nutrition’. Read more


ESD Books, Publications and Other


Rising to the Challenge: Malaysia’s Contribution to the SDGs

SDSN Malaysia has collated local projects and their best practices into a book. The aim is to provide an engaging overview of the various initiatives available to achieve the SDGs. Get more information here.

SDSN Networks in Action Report

To download please click here.

Rethinking Schooling for the 21th Century: The State of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Review in Asia

This report assesses how far the aims and values encapsulated in SDG 4.7 have been incorporated into the educational policies and officially-mandated curricula of 22 Asian countries. To know more about the report, clickhere.

#YouthWagingPeace: A Youth-led Guide on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education

#YouthWagingPeace integrates more than 150 concrete voices and experiences of youth from over 58 countries from all corners of the world, and puts forth tangible action guidelines for teachers, school administrators, policymakers, youth and other stakeholders with the power to positively influence the behaviour of a young person. To know more about the guide, click here.


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