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12th Global RCE Conference – Call for Submissions

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises

12th Global RCE Conference
Virtual (Online) 
16-18 November, 2021
Hosted by RCE Scotland and the Global RCE Service Centre, supported by Ministry of the Environment, Japan
 


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CASE PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOP SESSIONS, AND ONLINE MARKETPLACE EXHIBITION SPACE

Overview
There has never been a more urgent need for the combined skills and knowledge of the global RCE Network. Our world is at a crossroads. The climate and associated biodiversity crises, human rights abuses, and political inertia are now evident across the planet. 

The 12th Global RCE Conference will be co-hosted by RCE Scotland and the Global RCE Service Centre this November under the theme of 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises'. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to collectively share, explore and build on the knowledge, skills and values within the network to build the capacities and actions needed to achieve the SDGs.

The conference will build on the momentum from the two Global Webinars in February and June 2021, and will bring in content and reflections from COP15 on biodiversity and COP26 on climate change. 

The objectives of the conference will be: 

  • Enable and sustain collaborative conversations across the RCE Network.
  • Share and celebrate good practice regarding action through learning from across the RCE network.
  • Explore, beyond COP26, how to strengthen action on the UNESCO ESD for 2030 agenda in the context of the UN SDGs.
Programme
Scottish 19th century polymath and educational visionary Sir Patrick Geddes (1854 -1932) is widely credited with developing the concept of 'sustainability', spanning environment, society and community.  He spoke about the merit in engaging 'heart, hand and head', to achieve truly transformational learning.  This holistic approach, encapsulating the ethos that underpins Education for Sustainable Development, has been used to shape the 12th Global RCE Conference programme.
 
DAY 1 (16 November)
'Hearts' – What kind of world do we want? How do we inspire and engage hearts and minds?
 
DAY 2 (17 November)
'Heads' – Visioning, thinking and reflecting: planning for action on ESD and the SDGs
 
DAY 3 (18 November)
'Hands' – Make it happen: taking action on ESD and the SDGs
 
During the conference, there will be keynote presentations, panel discussions, case presentations, interactive workshops, regional RCE sessions and an online 'marketplace' exhibition as well as opportunities to network and meet informally. 
 
SUBMISSIONS
Participants are warmly invited to submit proposals for:
(i) case presentations,
(ii) workshop sessions,
(iii) online marketplace exhibition space.
 
Contributions should be connected to the overall conference theme indicating, where possible, the relevant sub-theme (i.e. 'Hearts', 'Heads', or 'Hands').
 
I. Case Presentations
Case presentations of ESD projects from RCEs will take place during the Parallel Breakout Sessions: RCE 'Action through learning' on the 16th, 17th and 18th of November, respectively. 
  • It is encouraged to connect presentations to this conference's overall theme 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises', as well as the above-mentioned sub-themes for each of the three days ('Hearts', 'Heads', or 'Hands').  
  • Delegates are encouraged to show how their projects link to one or more of the Five Priority Action Areas of the UNESCO ESD for 2030 Roadmap as well as respective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and/or targets that they are engaged with.
If you are interested in presenting an ESD project from your RCE, please submit Form A: ESD Project Summary Sheet of Case Study to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 11:59pm, Wednesday, 15 September, 2021 (JST).
 
Selected speakers will be notified in early October and will be asked to pre-record a presentation and send it to RCE Scotland (enquiries@lfsscotland.org) prior to the conference by 11:59pm, Monday 1 November, 2021 (JST)
 
During the actual Practice Sharing Sessions #1, 2 and 3, the authors of the successful submissions will give a short 5-minute recap of their presentations.
 
II. Workshop Sessions
Workshops will take place during the Parallel Breakout Workshop Sessions on 16th and 17th of November, respectively. If you are interested in organising a workshop, please submit Form B: ESD Workshop Proposal to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu) by 11:59pm, Wednesday 15 September, 2021 (JST). Selected speakers will be notified in early October. 
 
It is encouraged to connect workshops to the conference's overall theme 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises', as well as the above-mentioned sub-themes  ('Hearts', 'Heads', or 'Hands'). 
 
III. Online Marketplace Exhibition Space 
Submissions are to be based, if possible, on the sub-themes for each of the three days listed above. Please send any submissions to RCE Scotland (enquiries@lfsscotland.org) with an accompanying overview of the content and its aims. Submissions can take any format (e.g., PowerPoint presentation, image, audio recording, document PDF etc.). 
 

Tentative programme
Tentative programme - please note start and end times are subject to change.

Documents 
Form A: ESD Project Summary Sheet of Case Study
Form B: ESD Workshop Proposal

Contacts
RCE Scotland (enquiries@lfsscotland.org)
Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu)

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