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UNU-IAS Roadmap for the RCE Community 2016-2020

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD is the follow-up to the DESD which seeks to generate and scale up concrete actions in ESD. At this moment for the ESD community, it is important to celebrate our accomplishments, while looking forward to the work that remains to be done within the field and through the GAP framework as well as through other multinational processes such as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNU-IAS Roadmap for the RCE community presented here is the result of a coordinated internal review conducted by the UNU-IAS’ ESD Programme in 2015, in consultation with and advice from the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs. It seeks to capitalize on successes and respond to challenges relating to ESD which have arisen during the DESD, and will play a role in the implementation of the GAP and beyond. This roadmap is reflective of the new directions the ESD Programme is undertaking to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ESD Programme is committed to contributing to this agenda by meeting the following objectives:

  • Accelerating regional and local sustainability solutions through learning
  • Transforming higher education institutions
  • Developing Sustainable Development (SD) and ESD competences and capabilities
  • Contributing to development of a science-policy interface

In the pursuit of reaching these objectives, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), biodiversity (Bio), ecosystem services and associated traditional knowledge (TK), climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR), and higher education initiatives (HEIs) will be emphasized as thematic areas.

The global RCE network, in partnership with other ESD- and SD-related networks, is well positioned to serve as a driving force in meeting these objectives. Because RCEs operate at local and regional levels to implement the global ESD agenda, they can give critical insight on how to effectively engage with new initiatives, scale up existing actions, disseminate insights and practices, collaborate meaningfully with international sustainability platforms and processes, and build capacity for local and national stakeholders. In doing so, they can contribute to a global learning space on ESD where best practices can be learned and applied to contribute to sustainable development throughout the world. 

Attached is the UNU-IAS Roadmap for the RCE Community 2016-2020.

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