Open Call: 2021 RCE Regional Meeting Hosts (Africa and Europe)

The Global RCE Service Centre gladly announces an open call to host RCE Regional Meeting events in 2021. 

Applications are being accepted to host the following events: 

  • 11th African Regional Meeting 
  • Europe Regional Meeting 2021 

Please note, hosting duties for the next Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting and Americas Regional Meeting will carry over from 2020 to 2021 at the request of the hosting RCEs. 

The Global RCE Network is guided by principles of open communication, fair play, the sharing of ideas and support of each other. The opportunity to connect provides benefit to individual RCEs and the community as a whole. 

Cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder networking creates opportunities for brainstorming, piloting and up-scaling policies for integrating sustainability thinking into all aspects of society. Our ideas, projects and collaborations are what is needed, as is our capacity as a network. It strengthens the interface between science, policy and society, thereby linking education and development. 

The Regional RCE Meetings continue to be important mechanisms to create synergies within the network and specifically within and across regions. These events provide a platform for discussion, networking, the sharing of knowledge, and learning. 

RCEs interested in hosting a regional meeting 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. 

Applicants are encouraged to research any global, regional, or local ESD/SD conferences or other activities that are within their geographic area which may be synergistic with RCE activities when proposing a date and venue. The Global RCE Service Centre will gladly work with the chosen RCE(s) on designing a conference program and coordinating a timeline, as well as promoting events via the UNU-IAS channels. Please note however, the meeting host is requested to cover the organisational costs in most cases. 

TO APPLY: Please complete the Proposal to Host RCE Event 2021 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 Sunday 31 January, 2021 (11:59pm JST).  

For reference, the following information is requested in the form: 

  • Proposed dates (usually 2-3 days) 
  • Proposed theme or thematic areas for the meeting 
  • Location and capacity of proposed venue (please note, the proposal is to cover an in-person event, with an online event as a back-up, due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic) 
  • Accessibility of the proposed venue and accommodation 
  • Timeline showing preparation of the proposed meeting 
  • Tentative sources of funding and proposed budget outline 
  • Contact person(s) with relevant assigned tasks and/or responsibilities 
  • Any events that will be held back-to-back with the meeting 
  • Visa requirement reference (for meeting participants) e.g. URL for a website of your country’s department of immigration 

Please note that following the submission deadline, the Global RCE Service Centre will conduct interviews with host candidates to aid in the selection process. 

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Global RCE Service Centre (RCEServiceCentre@unu.edu).