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London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)


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Japan earthquake and tsunami - messages

Message from the ESD Programme at UNU-IAS

Dear colleagues

We thank all of you for the words of support and concern expressed in connection to the terrible tragedy in Japan, the true extent of which is just being understood.

All the colleagues at UNU-IAS are fine and safe. We also received news of safety from colleagues at RCE Greater Sendai – Prof. Mikami, Prof. Koganezawa, Prof. Shimano and Ms. Memezawa. Needless to say, we are deeply concerned about other colleagues, their students and teachers who live along the coastal area.

We hope that you all noticed that stories coming through the news channels show much more than signs of devastation. They show the resilience, kindness and resourcefulness of the Japanese people. We wish them continuous strength. We also hope that the knowledge of our RCE global community could be mobilised to contribute to the stabilisation of the situation in the country. Our colleagues from Japanese RCEs would be the best guides and partners in understanding and implementing of what could be done. We encourage all of you to think about ideas and actions now or in the future.

With the best wishes

The Global RCE Service Centre

Message from RCE Greater Sendai

Dear Global RCE Community

Thank you for your thoughtful words of support and concern. Miyagi University of Education, where the Secretariat of RCE Greater Sendai is located, was less damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. However, Kesennuma and Sendai’s coastal area suffered extensive damage and we have not been able to get a hold of some of our colleagues. We are now facing a critical situation that is totally unsustainable.
Despite all the hardships we face, RCE Greater Sendai will do our best to communicate with each other and strive to create a positive future together.

I thank all of you for your continuous support.

Takaaki Koganezawa
Chair, the Steering Committee
RCE Greater Sendai

RCE Youth United For Voluntary Action: an invitation from RCE Delhi

The RCE Delhi is inviting all RCEs to nominate youth from their respective regions to participate in ‘Youth United For Voluntary Action’ (3rd YUVA Meet 2011), in New Delhi, India on 1 and 2 February 2011. The RCE Session will follow in the morning of 3 February.

The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, is the secretariat of the RCE Delhi, India.

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London RCE gets a new Director

The London RCE has recently welcomed Lynn Vickery to share in the development of the networks and initiatives begun by Ros Wade and other Partners that achieved the United Nations University RCE acknowledgement in December 2009.

Lynn has worked within London South Bank University since 2001, when she joined a housing and regeneration research team from a career in social housing. Lynn retains her interest in housing as Chair of a long established housing association for homelessness people in the City of London and the east end of London and as a senior lecturer in housing studies at London South Bank University (LSBU). Prior to taking on the RCE role Lynn was the Director of the Local Economy Policy Unit at LSBU.

London RCE Partners meet

London RCE’s Steering Group met at London South Bank University on 17 September 2010. Prominent in the agenda were the Business Plan, proposal for a business group, communications and the membership of the Steering Group.

The next meeting will take place in November 2010.

Fifth International RCE Conference

The fifth International RCE Conference was held from 18 to 20 May in Curitiba, Brazil. Back to back, an ESD International Conference was took place on 18 and 19 May 2010.

At this event organised by the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and hosted by RCE Curitiba, the diverse RCE community developed common actions for the second half of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.


Women in Cleantech Forum: Low carbon technology in the built environment

Women in Cleantech Forum will take place in London from 6 to 9 pm on 2 December 2010. It will focus on low carbon technology in the built environment – how sustainable development can influence both new builds and retrofits in order to enable the transition to zero carbon living and working.

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DEA National Conference: ‘Big Global Society: unlocking social action on global issues’

The Development Education Association (DEA) is organising a National Conference in London on 2 November 2010.

It will be of interest to anyone seeking to engage the public in global issues, including NGOs, educators, policy makers, social enterprises, trade unions and progressive businesses.

Titled ‘Big Global Society: unlocking social action on global issues,’ this conference will emphasise the need for us all to be a ‘Big Global Society’ in order to meet the challenges of international poverty and climate change.

It will explore how we can educate and engage the public in global agendas and the sessions include:
 The state of public engagement with global issues
 Funding the big society
 The role of NGOs in educating and engaging the public
 What sort of education system do we need to promote a big global society?
 A big society for sustainable development
 The politics of the big global society


Creating a carbon reduction culture: Greening the Further Education and Higher Education

Venue: The Brewery, London
Date: Wednesday 27th April 2011
Time: 08.15 - 16.30

Fully funded tickets are available for London RCE partners and friends on a first-come first-served basis.

The Govtoday Greening the FE & HE Sectors Conference and Exhibition will map out the future direction for the Further and Higher Education Sectors in the carbon reduction agenda.

At present, the annual energy costs for the FE & HE sectors alone are around £200 million, resulting in CO2 emissions of around 3 and a half million tonnes per year.

This Conference will equip you to be able to deliver the required reductions by presenting detailed information and latest guidance.

Speakers include:
 John O Leary, Veteran Education Correspondent and Editor of The Times Good University Guide (Event Chair)
 John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
 Professor David Wheeler, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Plymouth Business School
 Derry Caleb, Chairman, AUDE and Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Surrey
 Dr. Elaine McMahon CBE, Chief Executive and Principal of Hull College, Chair of Association of Colleges Sustainable Futures Portfolio Group
 Richard Rugg, Head of Public Sector, The Carbon Trust
 Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates, King’s College London
 Iain Patton, Chief Executive, Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges

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New UNESCO DESD publication

'Education for Sustainable Development: An Expert Review of Processes and Learning' was released recently. It is a UNESCO ESD ( publication that contributes to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

This literature review was commissioned as part of a global review process which is seeking to identify which commonly accepted learning processes are aligned with ESD and should be promoted through ESD-related programmes and activities. It also examined which learning opportunities contribute to sustainable development.

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Professor Daniella Tilbury

Online course: 'Opening the Doorway to Sustainability’

'Opening the Doorway to Sustainability,' an online course for education practitioners, will be held from 12 January to 29 March 2011.

This renowned professional development participatory programme from WWF will be run in 2011 by SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education). This ten-week course will explore how a sustainable schools approach can benefit everyone - pupils, teachers, the wider community and even the school budget.

The course takes a ‘Learning for Sustainability’ approach, involving critical thinking, action learning and participatory approaches based on the DfE’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools. It is fully facilitated by experienced educators and researchers from the environment, development and sustainability sectors.

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International Conference: Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability

5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, titled ‘Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: From Understanding to Action,’ will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 23 to 25 November 2010.


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