RCE LOGO USE POLICY

RCE Name and Logo Use Policy

Use of RCE Logo

In order to promote Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs), the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) serving as the Global RCE Service Centre has developed the RCE logo as below.  

It should be strictly noted that the RCE logo as seen above should be used in its entirety and cannot be broken into its constituent parts.

Since the RCE logo includes the UN logo as an integral part, the UNU-IAS was required to obtain approval from the UN Legal Office in New York to use it. The UN Legal Office approved the use of the RCE logo with the following two conditions:

  • The RCE logo should be used as an integral logo and its components are not to be used separately.
  • The UNU-IAS should ensure that the RCE logo is to be used in accordance with UN rules and regulations.

The RCE logo use policy was developed to meet the conditions set forth by the UN Legal Office. Each RCE is expected to use the RCE name or logo appropriately and to abide by the provisions of the Guiding Principles for the RCE Community, especially Item 2.3 and 2.4 of the Guiding Principles. 

  • 2.3 Each RCE is expected to promote good ESD practices and refrain from providing or disseminating non-verified, false, inaccurate, or insufficient information that can be misleading or unfair to other members of the RCE community. RCE stakeholders are expected to observe and maintain mutual respect in both intra-RCE and inter-RCE communications.
  • 2.4 Each RCE is expected to use the RCE name or logo appropriately as described in the RCE Logo Use Policy; to refrain from the unauthorized use of the names or logos of the UN, UNU or relevant UNU institutes; to act in line with the character of these institutions; and to refrain from any unethical practices.

Colour
The RCE logo has two colour versions: (a) transparent colour and (b) transparent white. Users of the transparent colour version must follow the RCE Logo Colour Guide.

Placement

  • The RCE logo should be used as an integral logo and should not be broken into its constituent parts. In other words, the RCE logo cannot be altered under any circumstances.
  • If the RCE logo will be used with other images, make sure that these images are appropriate visuals and do not in any way reflect negatively on the organisation.
  • When the RCE logo appears with another logo, the RCE logo must be reproduced at the same size (if not larger) than the other logo. In no case should another logo be reproduced larger than the RCE logo.   

Exclusion Zone
The RCE logo is protected by an invisible exclusion zone where no graphic material other than the background should appear. This is to ensure that the logo remains free from visual interference and stands out clearly.

What NOT to Do
The correct logo artwork must always be used without any modifications or additions. As well as not modifying or adding to the logo in any way, the original proportions must always be retained when resizing the logo to avoid distorting the image.

Requesting Approval to Use the RCE Logo
The RCE logo can be used for both RCE promotional material, such as RCE-letterheads, business cards, posters, brochures, banners and other types of print-based mediums associated with RCE-related projects and events, and for output material from individual RCE projects and events, such as RCE-related publications and reports.

Please refer to the following for instructions on approaching the Global RCE Service Centre for use of the RCE logo:

  • Use on letterheads/envelopes for an individual RCE
    • An RCE who wishes to use the RCE logo on its letterheads/envelopes is requested to send the layout to the RCE Global Service Centre for its approval. Once approved, the letterhead with the RCE Logo can be used at any time.
  • Use on business cards for an individual RCE
    • If an RCE has a specific format for its business cards, the RCE logo use policy for letterheads/envelopes may also apply.
  • Ad hoc use
    • Use of the RCE logo for ad hoc purposes will be approved on a case-by-case basis. This may include the use of the logo in brochures, posters, books and other printed and electronic publications, including banners for conferences and workshops and on websites or social media.
  • Publications
    • Written publications such as (but not limited to) books, journal articles, reports, blogs, and any digital content, should include the following disclaimer when produced by an individual RCE requesting to use the RCE logo:
      • Disclaimer: The content and views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of UNU-IAS.

RCEs wishing to use the RCE logo are requested to complete the RCE Logo Request Form. The following information must be included in the request:

  • Identity and nature of the organisation that wishes to use the logo, and its relationship with the relevant RCE
  • Purpose of the use of the RCE logo (for instance, for promoting an international symposium, etc.)
  • Proposed usage of the RCE logo (for instance, for use on a conference website, on flyers, posters, banners, programmes, etc.)
  • Proposed duration of use of the RCE logo (for instance, from XXX date through the end of the event on XXX date)
  • Names of the countries/territories where the publication/communication materials will be circulated

Copies of articles, reports, media interviews or other publications related to the RCE initiative that the logo is being requested for (and that contains the RCE logo), should also be provided to the RCE Global Service Centre when submitting a request.

The request form should be submitted along with the materials the request is for (including any translations into English) to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu) by the 15th of every month.
As requests will be reviewed by the Global RCE Service Centre once per month (after the 15th of each month), please ensure you submit your request in advance to ensure any approval is provided in time for your logo use.

 

Use of RCE Name

The RCE Name is to be used in its full form as given in the official RCE application. When the abbreviation 'RCE' is expanded, it must be written as 'Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development'. No abbreviations or additions such as 'UNU' are to be used in conjunction with the official RCE name (as it stands in its entity) in any documents and media outlets. 

When referring to acknowledgement, note 'UNU' or 'United Nations University' applies (NOT 'UN' or 'United Nations').

Examples:

ALLOWED: RCE Tokyo, officially acknowledged by UNU

ALLOWED: RCE Tokyo, officially acknowledged by the United Nations University

ALLOWED: RCE Tokyo, acknowledged by UNU

NOT ALLOWED: UNU RCE Tokyo

NOT ALLOWED: United Nations University RCE Tokyo

NOT ALLOWED: United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability RCE Tokyo

NOT ALLOWED: UNU-IAS RCE Tokyo

NOT ALLOWED: UN RCE Tokyo

NOT ALLOWED: United Nations RCE Tokyo

 

Further Inquiries

The logo is available in multiple electronic formats. Please send your request with details of proposed usage to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu) and contact us if you have any further queries. 

For a summary of the above, please refer to the RCE Logo and Social Media Guidelines presentation.


 

Documents:

RCE Logo Request Form
RCE Logo Colour Guide
RCE Logo and Social Media Guidelines