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JOIN NOW! 8th Global RCE Conference Americas Discussion Group

Welcome to the 2013 Global RCE Conference Americas Discussion Group! Please join in the pre-conference discussions today by sharing your thoughts on the topics you feel most need to be addressed in the group meeting during the Global Conference in Nairobi.


RCEgreaterportland's picture

As a new RCE candidate, I am really thrilled to get the chance to represent RCE Greater Portland, in Portland, Oregon. I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning all of the best practices from your experiences.
RCElylebenko's picture

It is great to see this portal being used and also an excellent way to introduce our newest members to the RCE family like Kim Smith from RCE Greater Portland. Welcome Kim to our GREAT RCE Family. Looking forward to our on-going work and research together. All the best: Lyle Benko Co-Coordinator RCE Sasktchewan
RCEgreaterportland's picture

Thank you, Lyle! That is very kind of you to say.
RCEunnipm's picture

Anna, could you please upload the RCE Americas regional meeting minutes so that we can follow up on those decisions in this group discussions. Thanks !
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

I am excited to see the discussion so far. Please find attached the minutes from the 2nd RCE Conference of the Americas held in Lima this year in English.
RCEgreaterportland's picture

Thank you so much for posting these, Roger. It is very helpful to get up to speed.
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

Here are the minutes of the 2nd RCE Conference of the Americas held in Lima in Spanish.
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

Hello Everyone,
One final post. Here are the minutes of our Continental meeting of the Americas held at the Global RCE Conference in Tongyeong last year. Hopefully these documents are helpful in planning for our Americas meeting in Nairobi.
All the best,
Roger Petry, Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan
RCElylebenko's picture

Thanks Roger for providing the background documentation. I was able to open both documents without problems.
Maybe there should be a posting of the EXACT date and time of the "America's" meeting posted on this site as a "reminder" to our colleagues.
I have also attached our "RCE Saskatchewan 2013 Recognition FINAL Report" that might be of interest and part of the discussion at our meeting in Nairobi.
Lyle Benko (Co-Coordinator RCE Saskatchewan
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

Dear RCE Colleagues,
Salvador Garcia of RCE Western Jalisco (Mexico) has agreed to help co-facilitate our Americas continental meeting in Nairobi. It was felt this would be most useful givin his RCE's willingness to host the 3rd RCE Conference of the Americas following the highly successful meeting in Lima. Thank you Salvador! I am posting below his response to me that includes a number of items to discuss for our agenda in Nairobi:

Hello friend:
Thanks for the invite as co -facilitator of the meeting of CERs of America. It will be an honor.

We are interested in developing in the West RCE Jalisco, Mexico the 3rd meeting of the RCE of America . It is my commitment as leader of Mexico RCE , putting all my energy and heart to follow, the extraordinary work done in the second meeting organized by our brothers of CERs Lima Callao. It's my dream is to see an America united , and that we as leaders of our respective RCEs can build it.

As an educator working continuously with teaching methods that enable tangible to sustainability. But I see the need to train teachers in EDS transformers, creative, committed, inspiring and consistent with the objectives and challenges of ESD. There are billions of people in the world and only a few million teachers and they are not trained in ESD.

In 2008, in Barcelona I had the opportunity to meet our mutual dear friend Maria Mercedes Callejas. I explained the idea to promote exchanges between our respective RCE's. From this meeting in Barcelona made ​​a call to a commercial radio station , where I spread the global meeting of RCEs, this call was the link to get the opportunity to have a program to Sustainability Environmental Education , which called " Echoes of Nature " today we have more than 4 years on the air, if I had paid for this program, the cost would be 48.900 USD, the company had social and environmental responsibility to give us the space for free. This program has allowed me to disseminate, educate and engage children, youth and adults in other projects the most recent rides bike on Friday and followed by the establishment of a road recre - active where physical activity, the education, coexistence and cultural manifestations are present on the streets of our city. Now this space has become a plural expression space to promote health, nutrition and sports activities .

The Rector of my University Center, is a green chancellor has given me the green light to all my proposals.

I think we need to diagnose our Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities like RCE 's. This in order to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our threats into opportunities.

I propose the development of International Diploma Universities, Cities and Sustainable Communities. With experts from each of our RCE 's in selected topics such as:
University Curriculum Sustainable , Water Management , Educating Cities , Responsible Consumption; Human and Environmental Health ; Waste Management (University areas , City, Community) Clean Mobility , Participation Sustainable Development , Climate Change , etc.

Workshop : Development of Educational Resources (High Impact and Low Cost).
Workshop : Organic (Urban and Rural Areas).
Workshop: Radio Program Production
Workshop : Developing Video
Workshop: Preparation and publication of environmental songs
Workshop : Making Puppets and theater scripts

We have many talents in our countries and become leaders need international or global leaders. It seems also very relevant others invited to participate RCE's have thought of RCE Barcelona has experience educating cities.

Sorry if I wrote something wrong.

I have much interest in strengthening our ties as American network.

RCEgreaterportland's picture

This really helps give a sense of the scale of the goals. I look forward to meeting you, Salvador.
kochoa1's picture

Hi from RCE Bogota. This year is Olga Maria Bermudez (our chairman) who will join the conference. I will be paying attention to the online discussions.

I will be at UNEP's office but in Latin America (at Panama), with the Civil Society Meeting. I will send you some feedback about the main issues discussed.

Cheers to all of you,

RCEgreaterportland's picture

I look forward to meeting you, Kenneth. I hope everyone has safe travels to the conference!
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

Hello Everyone,
Please find attached a draft agenda for our meeting based on the input received. We can still add items at our meeting. Hopefully the agenda is flexible enough that you see places where you can raise ideas and that we can identify opportunities for collaboration in the Americas. Looking forward to seeing you in Nairobi or having you participate via Skype. Best wishes, Roger
RCEsaskatchewan's picture

Here is the agenda in Word format if you would find that more helpful than a PDF.--Roger
RCElylebenko's picture

Good morning to WARM Nairobi from SNOWY Regina (RCE Saskatchewan)! I am looking forward to joining you "virtually" for our Continental meeting of the Americas on November 27 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) but actually 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. REGINA time. In preparation for our AGENDA's 2nd Item "Updates"; I have attached a Summary EXAMPLE Template from RCE SASKATCHEWAN'S UPDATE. I hope you find it useful as we discuss this item. All the best to all my friends in Nairobi :)
RCEnorman's picture

This is George Heartwell from RCE Grand Rapids. We were disappointed that the Skype connection to the Nairobi meeting of the Americas RCEs was not able to function. Ryan, Dawn, Gayle and I from Grand Rapids and Lyle from Saskatchewan tried mightily...but alas all we got was each other! Roger, will you be posting the minutes of the meeting? We're eager to catch up. Best, George