Japanese RCE Meeting, 16 March, Sendai, Japan

The Japanese RCE Meeting was held in Sendai, Japan on 16 March 2015 hosted by RCE Greater Sendai. All six Japanese RCEs (RCE Greater Sendai, RCE Yokohama, RCE Chubu, RCE Hyogo-Kobe, RCE Okayama and RCE Kitakyushu) came together and reported activities implemented in 2014. Below are the major activities of each RCE.



UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) CONFINTEA Scholarships

In September 2015 UIL will offer four CONFINTEA research scholarships for a period of one month each to researchers from UNESCO Member States (particularly from the global South). The scholarships are mainly based on private donations from the British educationalist Peter Jarvis and his publisher Taylor & Francis and the Nomura Centre for Lifelong Integrated Education in Japan.



YUVA Meet and the RCE Youth Meeting, New Delhi, 2 - 4 February 2015

Youth Unite for Voluntary Action (YUVA) meet, an annual event organized by The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) and RCE Delhi, was held on 2nd and 3rd Feb 2015 in New Delhi. Representatives from RCEs such as Bogota, Guatemala, Penang, Minna, Kano, Greater Dhaka, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Lucknow attended the two day event on the theme "Sustainable Solutions: Safe Water for All". RCE participants interacted with over 200 youth participants from India.

New development goals risk failure without clearer targets, scientists warn

LONDON, Feb 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. development goals for 2030 risk failure without clearer, more measurable targets that are based on the latest scientific evidence, researchers warned on Thursday.

World leaders are due to adopt later this year a set of new development objectives, such as ending hunger, promoting healthy lives and tackling climate change, to replace eight expiring U.N. Millennium Development Goals. To read the full article click here.


The science of building a perfect world

The science of building a perfect world from Road to Paris, Science for Smart Policy

Science, technology and medicine are of course integral to the development of economies. Indeed, fundamentally, development is about wider access to precisely these things. But what does science have to tell us about the development process itself, about whether the objectives we choose are achievable, desirable? Is there a ‘more scientific’ approach to the goals we set ourselves?


Review of Targets for the SDGs: The Science Perspective (2015)

The SDGs offer a "major improvement" over their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, this report by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) finds that of the 169 targets beneath the 17 draft goals, just 29% are well defined and based on the latest scientific evidence, while 54% need more work and 17% are weak or non-essential.

ESD Resolution adopted at the 2nd committee of the UN General Assembly

On 13 November, the 2nd committee of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on "Follow up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014): Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development" (A/C.2/69/L.16) that acknowledges the GAP as a follow-up to the ESD Decade and invites UNESCO to continue its leading role in coordinating its implementation.