Issue 78: February 2018

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Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Six New RCEs Join the Global RCE Network

It is with great pleasure that we announce six new RCEs joining the Global RCE Network, acknowledged by the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs on 4 December, 2017 in Okayama, Japan. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the newly acknowledged RCEs:

·         RCE Galicia

·         RCE Greater Atlanta

·         RCE Greater Yenagoa

·         RCE Hangzhou

·         RCE Ilorin

·         RCE Warsaw Metropolitan

Take a look at the new list of RCEs worldwide here. May we also remind RCEs who have not submitted a profile, or those who may want to update their profile, to complete the profile form here and submit it to

New Campaign Highlights UNU's Work on the Sustainable Development Goals

Last month, UNU launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting UNU's work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some 400 UNU researchers worldwide are engaged in more than 180 research projects, generating knowledge to develop realistic solutions to achieve the SDGs. The SD Explorer currently features 51 projects, 34 experts, 34 publications, and 50 expert articles, organised by SDG. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the "who" and "what" of UNU's work, engage directly with UNU's experts, and learn about how their ideas are generating knowledge to develop solutions to achieve the SDGs. Read more

Have Your Say: First RCE Thematic Conference Survey

Did you attend the First RCE Thematic Conference, held in Okayama, Japan at the end of last year? We would love to hear your thoughts! Your valuable feedback will help us when planning future conferences, to ensure they continue to be valuable events for the network. Please have your say by completing the survey here. The survey is now open until 31 March, 2018.

Reminder: Open Call to Host RCE Conferences in 2018

Applications are now open for RCE members wishing to express interest to host either the 11th Global RCE Conference in 2018, or the Regional RCE Conference 2018 for their region (Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe). Applications can be made by sending an official letter to the RCE Service Centre by 31 March, 2018. Further details including requested information for the application letter can be accessed here.


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Upcoming Events


UNESCO GAP Key Partner Meeting

25-27 April, 2018, San Jose, Costa Rica

The annual UNESCO GAP Key Partner meeting will bring together partner networks driving implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Further information will be released over the coming months.

For more events visit our ESD calendar.


Open Calls


2018 Call for Nominations: UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Nominations are now open for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Within the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, the prize honours individuals, institutions, organisations or other entities for outstanding projects or programmes in the field of ESD, with three annual awards of US $50,000 for each recipient. Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. The deadline for nominations is midnight on 3 May, 2018 (UTC+1, Paris time). Further details including the selection criteria and submission procedure 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"

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.

WSSF 2018 Calls for Abstract Submissions and Grant Programmes for Early-career Researchers

The 2018 World Social Science Forum 2018, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan from 25-28 September, 2018, 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.

In addition, for early-career researchers attending the event, two grant programmes have been announced: the WSSF Scholarship for Early-Career Social Scientists from Low- or Lower-Middle Income Countries and the WSSF Fukuoka Student Award. The deadline for both scholarships is 17 March, 2018 (24:00 JST). Full details and application forms are available here.

Reminder: Applications for 2018 UNU-IAS Master's and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS is currently accepting applications for September 2018 admission to its postgraduate degree programmes: the MSc in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadline for the master's programme closes soon, on 28 February, 2018. The application deadline for the doctoral programme is 27 April, 2018. More information about application requirements and procedures can be found here.

Closing Soon: Applications for 2018 JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes

UNU-IAS is currently accepting applications for the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. The programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the institute. The application deadline is 28 February, 2018. The start date for the fellowships is 1 September, 2018. Read more


Latest News


RCE Jammu Co-organises State Level Conference Focusing on Role of Private Schools in ESD

RCE Jammu, in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Private Schools Coordination Committee (JKPSCC), organised the 2nd Annual State Level Conference on 21 January, 2018 in Jammu, India, focusing on the theme, the "Role of Private Schools in Education for Sustainable Development". Read more

World Urban Forum – UNESCO Demonstrates Multi-pronged Approach to Resilient Cities

At the 9th World Urban Forum, recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 7-13 February, 2018, UNESCO held five events, engaging international and local voices on how cities can forge a sustainable future. Read more about UNESCO's involvement at the event here.


ESD Books, Publications and Other


On Target: A Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating Community-Based Projects

This guide has been developed to support the monitoring and evaluation of community-based development initiatives. Based on the experience and lessons learned from UNESCO-supported projects focused on sustainable livelihoods and aspects of health education, the content is applicable to a wide range of community initiatives. Download the publication here

The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanisation

How can we prepare for the doubling of the global urban population by 2050? This report from the International Resource Panel, a group of experts set up by UN Environment in 2007 to examine natural resource use, calls for a new strategy that focuses on low-carbon, resource-efficient, and inclusive cities to meet the needs of 21st century urbanisation. Download the publication here

Education: Still searching for Utopia?

The January – March 2018 edition of the UNESCO Courier, a quarterly publication from UNESCO, evaluates the state of global education and how it responds to the challenges faced, by exploring the question 'Education: Still searching for Utopia?'. Download the publication here

Local Knowledge, Global Goals

This publication explores the ways that indigenous and local knowledge systems contribute to understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Key concepts or issues are presented, supplemented with case studies from around the world. Download the publication here

Issues and Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

Part of UNESCO's Education on the Move series, this publication highlights key issues related to ESD policy and practice, including topics such as key ESD competencies and themes, policy, changes in the learning environment, teacher training, youth as lead actors, scaling-up action, and the monitoring of progress towards Target 4.7. Download the publication here


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