8th Global RCE Conference Nairobi, Kenya, 2013

The 8th Global RCE Conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 29 November 2013. The conference was an opportunity to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders – from cities, communities, governments, industry, international organizations, and academia – to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future worldwide. The conference was hosted by RCE Greater Nairobi in collaboration with other African RCEs.

Read about everything that happened at the conference by downloading the 8th Global RCE Conference brochure here.
Minutes from the 7th Global RCE Conference are available here. Available powerpoints and presentations are posted below. Visit the conference website for links to the online forums and more information about what took place during each session: here


Dzulkifli Razak, member of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs, writes about the 8th Global RCE Conference recently held in Nairobi, Kenya. Read his article here:http://www.nst.com.my/channels/learning-curve/perspective-transformative-shift-in-learning-1.425161.
On the occasion of the 8th Global RCE Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2013 RCE Espoo produced a video about their RCE. You may view the video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH-N_jVeU2Y&feature=youtu.be
Session 1: Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks: RCE Greater Nairobi Prof. Olive Mwihaki Mugenda (Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University)
Opening Remarks:
- Kazuhiko Takemoto (ESD Programme Director, UNU-IAS)
- Prof. Jacob Thuranira Kaimenyi (Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)
- Prof. Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu (Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources)
Brief Introduction and Overview of the RCE Community, Zinaida Fadeeva UNU-IAS (Download PPT here)
Keynote Speech I: Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Session 2: Continental Discussions
Africa (Download PPTs here and here)
Americas (Download PPTs here and here)
Asia-Pacific (Download PPT here)
Europe (Download PPT here)
Session 3 & 4: Thematic Discussions
Climate Change (Download PPT here)
Health and Sanitation (Download PPT here)
Teacher Education & Better Schools (Download PPT here)
Sustainable Consumption & Production
Youth (Download PPT here)
Higher Education (Download PPTs here and here)
Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity (Download PPT here)
Disaster Risk Reduction (Download PPT here)

Session 5: Reporting Sessions

Session 6: Keynote Speech II
“Transformative Learning and Research within RCEs” Rob O'Donoghue (RCE Makana) (Download PPT here)
Session 7a: Policymakers Roundtable Discussion
Dr. Peter Sale Sarki, Niger State Ministry of Lands and Housing
Mr. Kazuhiro Yoshida, Director & Ms. Yuko Kimura, Deputy Director, Environmental Education Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (Download PPT here)
Dr. Ayub Ndaruga, Director of Environmental Education and Public Awareness, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya (Download PPT here)
Ms. Anna Nuutinen, RCE Espoo (on behalf of Mr. Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, Finland) (View video messagehere)
Mr. Isao Aoyama, Chairman, Okayama ESD Promotion Committee (on behalf of Okayama City Government) (Download PPT here)
Mr. Alexander Leicht, Chief of ESD Section, UNESCO
Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP
Mr. Alfredo Arquillano (RCE Cebu)
Mr. Jos Hermans (Regional Advisor to the RCE Community)
Tich Pesanayi (RCE KwaZulu-Natal, SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme)
Session 7b: RCE Award
RCE Bogota (Group 1 Creating Sustainability Awareness) (Download PPT here)
RCE Greater Dhaka (Group 1 Creating Sustainability Awareness) (Download PPT here)
RCE Hohhot (Group 1 Creating Sustainability Awareness) (Download PPT here)
RCE Penang (Group 1 Creating Sustainability Awareness) (Download PPT here)
RCE British Columbia (Group 2 Transformative Learning) (Download PPT here)
RCE Grand Rapids (Group 2 Transformative Learning)
RCE Graz Styria (Group 2 Transformative Learning) (Download PPT here)
RCE Greater Western Sydney (Group 2 Transformative Learning) (Download PPT here)
RCE Severn (Group 2 Transformative Learning) (Download PPT here)
RCE Minna (Group 3 Community Development and Sustainable Local Livelihoods) (Download PPT here)
Session 8: Operational Discussions
Fundraising & Marketing (Download PPTs here, here, and here)
Communications & Outreach (Download PPT here)
Cross Continental RCE Collaboration (Download PPT here)
Session 9 & 10: Strategic Discussions
Fundraising & Marketing (Download PPTs here and here)
Governance (Download PPT here and here)
International SD and ESD Processes (Download PPTs here and here)
Public Private Partnerships (Download PPT here)
Research & Development (Download PPT here)
RCE Assessment and Evaluation (Download PPTs here and here)
Session 11: Reporting Sessions
Session 12: Keynote Speech III
Session 12: Keynote Speech III (Plenary Session)
“ESD beyond 2014: RCE’s Contribution to the Global Action Programme” Alexander Leicht (Chief of the Section of ESD, UNESCO) (Download PPT here)
Session 13: Closing Ceremony
Recap of the Conference (Download PPT here)
Towards the next Global RCE Conference: RCE Okayama (Download PPT here)
Nairobi, Kenya, 2013