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Issue 125: January 2022

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Greetings from the Global RCE Service Centre and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a restful break and feel refreshed for the year ahead. As we begin the year, we start by welcoming five new RCEs to the network, acknowledged by the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs at the end of last year. Joining the network are: RCE Detroit Windsor, RCE Gwangmyeong, RCE Hawaii, RCE Suzhou, and RCE Zurich. A warm welcome!

We are also excited to announce that RCE applications for 2022 are now open as well as hosts for RCE events this year (details for each are below). Speaking of events, we will have the first event of the year soon, with the Europe Regional Meeting 2022 early next month (8-9 February, 2022). We look forward to seeing those in the region at this important event!

If you would like to share any news, upcoming events, open calls, or publications for an upcoming bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the Global RCE Service Centre at rceservicecentre@unu.edu (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

The Global RCE Service Centre

Five New RCEs Join the Global RCE Network
The Global RCE Service Centre is delighted to announce five new RCEs joining the network, who were acknowledged at the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs meeting held virtually last month, on 10 December, 2021. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the new members of the RCE family: 
  • RCE Detroit Windsor (USA)
  • RCE Gwangmyeong (South Korea)
  • RCE Hawaii (USA)
  • RCE Suzhou (China)
  • RCE Zurich (Switzerland)
The updated list (including profiles) of RCEs worldwide can be viewed here.
2022 RCE Applications Now Open

Is your organisation interested in facilitating learning towards sustainable development in your local or regional community? The Global RCE Service Centre is currently accepting applications for 2022 - apply now to become an RCE! 
Before applying, please take time to review the Guidelines for RCE Applications and key dates in the application process, announced in the open call here. Sample applications are also available from RCE Greater Portland and RCE Bordeaux Aquitaine
To apply, please submit an application and an application summary to the Global RCE Service Centre (rceservicecentre@unu.edu) by 15 May, 2022 (11:59pm JST).

Reminder: Open Call to Host RCE Events in 2022
Applications are currently being accepted to host the following events: 
  • 14th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 
  • 12th African Regional Meeting 
  • 11th Americas Regional Meeting 
  • Europe Regional Meeting (Please note this is an open call for the next meeting after the European Regional RCE Meeting which will be hosted by RCE Fryslan from 8-9 February, 2022)
RCEs interested in hosting a regional meeting listed above are encouraged to apply. RCEs may host as individual RCEs or work with other RCEs as joint hosts. Because RCEs are multi-stakeholder networks, participation from different actors (organisations and individuals) within the RCE is critical in hosting duties.  
TO APPLY: Please complete the Proposal to Host RCE Event 2022 Form, to be submitted with an official letter of interest, a tentative programme, budget sheet, and any other supporting documents (optional), to the Global RCE Service Centre at RCEServiceCentre@unu.edu by Monday, 28 February, 2022 (11:59pm JST). View the complete open call here.

Upcoming Events

Reminder: Europe Regional Meeting 2022 - Registrations Open

SPARK the Movement (RCE Fryslan) warmly invites you to the European RCE Meeting 2022, taking place on the 8th and 9th of February, 2022. The meeting will now be held fully online.
The organisers are currently working hard with their partners to provide attendees with an insightful and engaging program, focussing on how to stimulate our imagination to build a sustainable world together. "We believe we need to mobilise all creative power of students and teachers but also of businesses, local governments and NGO's to build a thriving region, related to a healthy planet." 
Registrations are currently open here.

Reminder: Japanese RCE Working Level Meeting & Japanese RCE Youth Meeting
15 February, 2022, online

Hosted by RCE Omuta, the annual Japanese RCE Working Level Meeting will be held virtually on 15 February 2022, which eight Japanese RCEs will attend. The meeting will be followed by the Japanese RCE Youth Meeting hosted by RCE Omuta and UNU-IAS. Youth participants will share their initiatives and discuss how to promote collaboration within the Japanese RCE youth network and beyond. Stay tuned for a post-event report of the meetings.

Open Calls

Applications Open: 2022 UNU-IAS Master's and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS invites applications for September 2022 admission to its postgraduate degree programmes: the Master of Science in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadline is 21 February 2022 for the master's programme, and 28 March 2022 for the doctoral programme. Both programmes start in September 2022. Read more

(Photo credit: Kenichi Tanaka)

Applications Open: Ecosystem Restoration in Oceans - 11th Hour Racing Grant

11th Hour Racing's grant program, funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to advancing innovative projects that improve the health of our oceans and address the dynamic environmental challenges facing sailing, marine, and coastal communities. The organisation is seeking proposals for its grants that align with one or more of the following focus areas: Ocean Literacy & Stewardship; Clean Technologies & Best Practices; and Ecosystem Restoration. Typical grant awards range from $10,000 - $100,000, with an average grant size being $25,000. The deadline to apply is 31 January, 2022. Read more

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