Issue 57: April 2016
Message from the Global RCE Service Centre:
Dear colleagues and friends,
This is a gentle reminder that organisations interested in initiating the RCE process and applying to become an RCE are requested to submit an application (Guidelines for RCE applications) and an application summary by 31 May 2016 to the Global RCE Service Centre. Please spread the word among your constituencies to help the RCE network grow!
The Global RCE Service Centre
European RCE Meeting 2016
23-24 June, 2016, London, UK
RCE London is delighted to host the European RCE Meeting in London on 23-24 June, 2016. During the two-day event, participants will focus on finding synergies in the European RCE community and how thematic challenges under the current policy frameworks COP21, SDGs, and TTIP can be tackled. Identifying key priority areas within the GAP, where RCEs can collaborate will be discussed in workshop format. On the second day, RCEs will discuss TVET and migration issues. There will also be time to develop a plan on how GAP Priority Action Area 5, how to encourage local communities and municipal authorities to develop community-based ESD programmes, can better be approached from the RCE perspective.
A programme of the upcoming meeting as well as details on venue, location and how to register have now been published on the RCE Portal.
6th African RCE Conference
24-25 August, Nairobi, Kenya
Mark your calendar! We are delighted to announce that the 6th African RCE Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24-25 August, hosted by RCE Greater Nairobi. The conference will be held back to back with the the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held 27-28 August also in Nairobi. The Global RCE Service Centre is planning to organize a side event on 26 August. More details will be shared soon on the RCE Portal.
Reminder: Asia Pacific RCEs meeting hosted by RCE Cha-am
27 June -2 July 2016, Cha-am, Thailand
The Asia-pacific RCEs are scheduled to meet during 27 June to 2 July 2016 in Cha-am, Thailand for a three-part gathering hosted by RCE Cha-am. The RCEs will be participating in the International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 27-29 June and will hold the 9th Asia-Pacific RCE Meeting on 30 June. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Capacity Building Workshop on Policy Support Tools and methodologies will be held on 1-2 July where a number of Asia-Pacific RCEs will also be participating.
Registrations close 20 May! Inquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to Ms. Areeporn Sittiyanpaiboon, Coordinator of RCE Cha-am (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). More information can be found here.
2nd United Nations Environment Assembly
23-27 May 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be hosting the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). UNEA is the high-level decision-making forum formed by all member states and focused on environmental matters. The overall theme for this year will be on ”Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Read more
UNEP Green Room Event: Innovation, Partnerships and Assessment: Environmental Education for the SDGs
26 May 2016, TBC
The event will feature, among others, the presentation of a new MOOC on Ecosystems Approaches and Systems Thinking, and the Sustainability Literacy Test. Read more
Universities as Beacons of Change: Education for sustainability lighting up pathways for a new world
27-29 June 2016, Gibraltar
This UE4SD event welcomes participants interested in teaching and learning on sustainable development in higher education. The UE4SD project, funded by the European Commission, has identified and documented a series of leading practices on professional development in ESD in Europe. Read more
International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2016
12-13 July, Yokohama, Japan
The Forum, which is co-organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) provides a platform for sharing information and facilitating diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. ISAP offers venues for up-to-date discussions with front-line experts and diverse stakeholders towards a sustainable Asia Pacific region. More details of the forum and registration procedure will become available on IGES soon.
Prior to ISAP the ProSPER.Net Forum on Sustainability in Higher Education will be held on 10 July, at UNU in Tokyo, followed by a welcome reception for ProSPER.Net members. This year’s Forum will be part of the UNU Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Dialogue Series, which aims to provide stakeholders with scientific knowledge on the SDGs, to support and develop networks involved with the SDGs and to encourage the effective implementation of the Goals. More details on the Forum and the SDG Series will be announced soon on ProSPER.Net
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
11-20 July 2016, New York, USA
The HLPF is United Nations’ central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. The HLPF will include voluntary national reviews and thematic reviews of the implementation of the Agenda, with inputs from other intergovernmental bodies and forums, relevant UN entities, regional processes, and other stakeholders. Read more
5th International School Grounds Conference
12-14 September 2016, Lund, Sweden
Invited visionary leaders of the school grounds movement from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America will share their experiences, case studies and best practices. Sweden has recently produced a national guide lines for planning, design, management and maintenance of urban outdoor environments for children and young people, with a particular focus on the use and design of preschool and school grounds.Read more
ESD for transforming Education for Children and Youth
16-18 September, 2016, Ahmedabad, India
The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) that organizes this event is hoping to provide a platform for sharing research and experiences of engaging youth and children in both formal and non formal settings for Environment Education and ESD. Read more
For more events visit our ESD calendar.
IPBES calls for submissions of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK)
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is calling for submissions for examples of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) relevant to its Asia-Pacific region assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Relevant indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) to contribute, or projects or publications on ILK and biodiversity, its benefits for and relationships with local communities and indigenous peoples can be submitted. Read more
IPBES Fellowship Programme
In a recent post we published IPBES’ call on governments and other relevant stakeholders to nominate experts to participate in the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services the workshop to further scope the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity.
In addition, governments and relevant institutions are invited to nominate fellows to the IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme, to participate in this Global Assessment exercise. The programme is targeting early career experts who wish to gain experience in contributing to an assessment, by participating in the development of the global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Deadline for nominations is 5 May 2016. Read more
IPBES Webinar Series – Webinar 1: The IPBES Assessment Process
The IPBES task force on capacity-building has uploaded the recorded webinar of its pilot in the IPBES Webinar Series. The webinar combines an overview of the four stages of the assessment process with a detailed discussion on key topics at each stage. Key topics covered include: getting started as an author and assessing materials; handling the review process; identifying and accessing data and other knowledge sources; and dealing with knowledge gaps. Watch it here.
More resources on the IPBES Conceptual Framework and upcoming webinars can be found here.
Between Europe and the Orient is looking for PhD researchers
Call for proposals for the preparation of structured doctoral programmes! The funding initiative “Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus” was set up to support either projects that deal with current local developments or that are structurally anchored in the region. Deadline is 15 June 2016. Read more
SNAPP Call for Proposals 2016
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) delivers evidence-based, scalable solutions for problems at the collective interface of economic development, nature conservation, and human well-being. SNAPP is especially interested in receiving proposals from the development and humanitarian sectors as well as academia, governmental agencies, and conservation organizations. Read more
TERI Univeristy Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development Practice
The TERI University’s Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development Practice addresses a critical gap in sustainable development education in South Asia. It aims to develop an international cadre of development professionals, well-equipped to tackle interwoven challenges of poverty, diseases, and climate change and ecosystem vulnerability specific to the region. Read more
On-demand e-learning course “The Age of Sustainable Development“
Welcome to the first full-length, on demand offering from SDSNEDU! “The Age of Sustainable Development” gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development. Read more
Online course ”Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A new agenda for a Sustainable World”
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to address potential knowledge gaps related to changes required from policy-makers and ordinary citizens, to achieve the SDGs. Read more
More open calls and vacancies can be found in the CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT section on the RCE portal.
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Updates: SDG Partners Platform
The new version of the Partnerships for SDGs online platform is now available. The new platform will allow users to access real-time information on HESI as well as to report directly on their work. This platform is a great way of searching for like-minded institutes that work in similar areas of interest. With currently 2,004 organisations listed, users can search by theme, location, SGDs, and much more. Each institute is depicted with a short paragraph, a contact and further details on current projects. Read more
HESI’s Focus: SDG 11 and Habitat III
With the Habitat III Conference later this year, HESI’s focus in 2016 is on SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. In order to better plan their activities in this area HESI has decided to partner with Habitat UNI, UN-Habitat’s partnership for higher education, and to prepare and coordinate a series of events throughout the year. As an example, UNEP and UN Habitat organized a side-event on the Impact of higher education in the sustainability of urbanization at the Habitat III Regional Meeting in Prague on 18 March 2016. Read more
UNECE and UN-Habitat launch project to monitor SDG11
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT are launching a pilot project to monitor the SDGs in Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, and strengthen national capacities for developing evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development, thereby supporting SDG 11. Read more
Sustainability Tracking, Action and Reporting in Schools (STARs) Project by RCE Goa
STARs is a project run by RCE Goa that works with ten schools in the region with the core goal of improving resource efficiency. The schools also engage with the surrounding communities initiating various socio-environmental campaigns about important socio- cultural issues. Read more
ACEID 2016 focuses on education and social justice
The International Academic Forum hosted its annual Asian Conference on Education and International Development (ACEID 2016) in Kobe, Japan on 3-6 April on “Education for Social Justice”. Researchers presented on a variety of topics related to ESD. These included the unique needs of small island states in creating a sustainable labour force, the challenges that teachers encounter with parents over lessons on sustainable consumption, and the need for ESD to be incorporated in civic intuitions, beyond formal schooling systems. Philip Vaughter, a research fellow at UNU-IAS, presented on the need for increased attention to how highly developed countries are engaging with ESD. Read more
Congratulations to RCE Northern Mindanao!
RCE Northern Mindanao’s Xavier School recently received the Center of Excellence and PAASCU Accreditation.
Urban Future Global Conference – outcomes are online!
All presentations of the Urban Future Global Conference 2016 are now online. The four major topics this year were Mobility, Living & City Planning, Communication and Resources. Read more
ESD Books, Publications and Other
Advocacy Toolkit for SDG 16
This advocacy toolkit for SDG 16 on ”Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and Accountable Institutions” provides civil society and other nongovernmental stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders. Download the toolkit here.
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