Last updated: October 13, 2021

RCE Okayama

Photo Credit: RCE Okayama
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
June, 2005
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Okayama is in Okayama City, Japan.  It is a major regional transportation hub in western Japan with a population of roughly 720,000. It has acquired business, educational, cultural, political and administrative functions and has the facilities necessary for a comfortable lifestyle. However, it faces challenges, such as aging and shrinking population and destruction of nature.

In 2005, in support of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014), the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission (secretariat at Okayama Municipal Office) was established with the main roles of policy-making and planning, supporting member organisations and capacity-building, and it introduced the first “Okayama ESD Project Fundamental Plan”. The commission was acknowledged as one of the world’s first RCEs in the same year. 

In 2014, five international conferences on ESD were held in Okayama City including the “9th Global RCE Conference”.  Adopting the UN’s Global Action Programme (GAP; 2015-2019) on ESD,  RCE Okayama formulated the “Okayama ESD Project Fundamental Plan 2015-2019” and launched the “ESD Okayama Award” to reward outstanding ESD practices worldwide.

In 2017, RCE Okayama, Okayama University and UNU-IAS co-organised the first RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama.  

In 2019, in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the international conferences held in Okayama, RCE Okayama organized another international event “ESD Forum and ESD Okayama Award 2019”, inviting all the past Award winners from the world.  It was also held in conjunction with “2019 Global Meeting of Teacher Education for ESD” organized by the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (INTEI) and Okayama University. 

Following the new UN framework “ESD for 2030” (2020-2030) after GAP, RCE Okayama formulated “Okayama ESD Project Fundamental Plan 2020-2030” to further accelerate ESD.  Its main action areas are as follows: 1) to build a sustainable society in Okayama, 2) to take action for SDGs, 3) to develop the youth and ESD leaders, 4) to promote ESD at local communities, CLCs and schools, 5) to reward good ESD practices, 6) to expand ESD activity bases, 7) to promote ESD and SDGs to businesses, and 8) to strengthen the ties with national and international networks.

Goals and Objectives:
The goal of RCE Okayama is to create a region where people learn, think, and act together for developing a sustainable society.
The objectives are as follows:
  • to raise citizens’ understanding of sustainable development and to encourage their actions
  • to increase the number of organisations which actively make efforts for building a sustainable society 
  • to continuously learn together with various stakeholders through the networks of international, national and local organisations
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

SDGs/ESD Promotion Division, Co-Production Bureau, Okayama City

Key Partners:

'Okayama ESD Promotion Commission' consists of more than 330 organisations from various sectors including academia, formal and non-formal education, enterprises, civic organisations/NPOs, and local governments.

For the list of participating organisations, please visit: (in Japanese)

Current Activities:
In accordance with “Okayama ESD Project Fundamental Plan 2020-2030”, RCE Okayama continuously promotes ESD to contribute to the SDGs by strengthening cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders in local community, nationally and globally.  The ongoing Okayama ESD Projects are:
  • Provision of subsidies to member organisations
  • Facilitation of collaboration among organisations
  • ESD Promotion in Schools and Kominkans (CLCs)
  • "ESD Cafe x SDGs Series" (monthly lectures and discussions)
  • "Okayama x SDGs Youth Event"
  • ESD University and Vocational Technical School Student Internship Program 
  • ESD Coordinator Training
  • SDGs Festival
  • ESD Okayama Award
  • ESD Forum (Award presentations and discussions)   

ESD Forum (Photo credit: RCE Okayama)

Upcoming Activities:
  • SDGs Project on Marine Debris Reduction: Cleaning Up the Beaches and Riverbanks
  • ESD/SDGs Experts’ Special Lessons at Schools


ESD Shopping tour in SDGs Festival (Photo credit: RCE Okayama)

  • RCE Okayama has furthered community-based ESD promotion through multi-stakeholder collaboration. Since the inception of the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission, the number of organisations involved in has increased from 19 to 334 (as of October 2021).
  • RCE Okayama and its member organisations received prestigious global and national awards on ESD and SDGs as follows:
  • 'Okayama ESD Project' conducted by RCE Okayama won the ‘UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD’ (2016).
  • Okayama City received the ‘UNESCO Learning City Award’ (2017).
  • Okayama City was designated as a ‘SDGs Future City’ (2018).
  • RCE Okayama launched the “ESD Okayama Award” to reward outstanding ESD practices worldwide in 2015.  Since the inception, total 385 project applications have been submitted.

ESD Forum/ESD Okayama Award (Photo credit: RCE Okayama)

Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Sachie Kumano (Ms.)
Secondary RCE Contact:

RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Sachie Kumano (Ms.)
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

1-1-1 Daiku, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama, 700-8544, Japan