First RCE Thematic Conference: Towards Achieving the SDGs

September 22, 2017


RCE Okayama, Okayama University and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), will be co-hosting “First RCE Thematic Conference: Towards Achieving the SDGs” to be held in Okayama, Japan from 5-7 December 2017.

The conference will discuss and launch strategies and activities in the fields of biodiversity, climate change and sustainable consumption and production to identify and make substantial contributions and tangible commitments by the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

During the conference, RCEs are encouraged to submit summaries of their best practices and challenges in these areas, to be shared with a rich mixture of participants from international organisations, governments, academia, industry, NGOs and NPOs from across the world. At the Okayama Session on the SDGs, in particular, we hope to encourage higher education institutions to make a much broader contribution to the SDGs through excellence research and education with multi-stakeholder partnerships, and other voluntary initiatives. The conference will also offer capacity building workshops, poster sessions, and field trips for RCEs to learn what UN organizations and other international partners are doing in these areas, and to discuss how RCEs can accelerate their actions by engaging and working with local communities.

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Programme: Attached (Updated on 4 December)

The meeting will be held at the Okayama Convention Center.

Monday, 4 December Tuesday, 5 December (DAY1) Wednesday, 6 December (DAY2) Thursday, 7 December (DAY3)
場所
時間
Okayama Convention Center (2F) CRED OKAYAMA (21F) Okayama Convention Center (3F) Okayama Convention Center (3F) Field Trip
8:30-9:00 Registration (8:00-8:40)


Registration Field Trip (8:30-17:30) 1) or 2)
1) Okayama City: Visits to High school, Kominkan (Community Centre), Nature Observation Tour


2) Maniwa City: Biomass Tour
9:00-9:30 Opening (8:40-9:10)
● Opening Remarks:

- Dr. Hirofumi Abe (Chairperson, Okayama ESD Promotion Commission)
- HirofumiMakino, M.D., Ph.D. (President, Okayama University)
- Prof. Kazuhiko Takemoto(Director, UNU-IAS)
- Mr. Masao Omori (Mayor of Okayama city)

● Congratulatory Messages
- TBC (Ministry of the Environment of Japan)

● Introductory Session
RCE network toward achieving SDGs (TBD) - Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto (Project director, UNU-IAS)

(Break)
Plenary III:
Orientation to UN Platforms on Biodiversity, Climate Change, & SustainableConsumption and Production (including Q & A)
9:30-11:00 Plenary I: (9:50-13:00)The Okayama Session on SDGs
1. Panel Discussion on Further development of ESD toward the achievementof SDGs


Moderator
- Prof. Dr. Kiichi Oyasu (Okayama University) Panelist
- Dr. Hirofumi Abe (Chairperson, Okayama ESD Promotion Commission)
- Representative of Seto Tourism and Culture Association, “Ayumodoki”Leptobotia curta protection group
- Dr. Adela Kindaid, RCE Saskatchewan - Ms. Etsuko Hiromoto, Chairperson, NPO organization Enemira
- Mr. David Rangan, RCE Denmark
- Mr. Yukiyasu Arimoto, AEON TOPVALU Co., Ltd.
- Prof. Hani Sewilam, RCE Cairo
11:00-11:30 Break Break
11:30-13:00 Plenary I: (11:30-13:00)The Okayama Session on SDGs
2. Okayama: Towards further multi-stakeholder partnerships between industry and academia for the SDGs.
Workshop Sessions I
- Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Indigenous and local knowledge
Practice -Science - Policy Linkages Policy Support Tools and Methodologies

- Climate Change
Capacity Building for Climate Action through Education - Building a National Curriculum
Strategy: Connecting Local to Global

- Sustainable Consumption and Production
Towards Sustainable Food Systems -
Methodologies for Capacity Development and Engagement
13:00-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions I (Case Presentation Session by themes)

Biodiversity Ecosystem Services, Indigenous and local knowledge
Localizing the Implementation of Biodiversity Goals through Multistakeholder Learning - RCE Presentations

Climate Change Education Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation - RCE presentations

Sustainable Consumption and Production
Learning for Change: towards Sustainable Food Systems - RCE presentations
Workshop Sessions II - Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Indigenous andLocal Knowledge
Capacity Building for Ecosystem Assessment, Consolidationof Local Experiences

- Climate Change
Capacity Building for Climate Actionthrough Education - Orientation to and Synergy with Global Initiatives

- Sustainable Consumption and Production
Towards Sustainable Food Systems - Methodologies for Capacity Development and Engagement
15:30-16:00 Break Break
16:00-17:30 Registration
Venue: Okayama Convention Center (2F) Atrium




Buses will be arranged from convention center 1F to the reception venue.
Parallel Sessions II (Case Presentation Session by themes)

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services Indigenous and local knowledge

Climate Change
Education Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation - RCE presentations

Sustainable Consumption & Production
Learning for Change: towards Sustainable Food Systems - RCE presentations
Plenary IV:
Closing Plenary - RCE Awards, Final Thoughts and Next Steps
18:00-21:00 Welcome Reception
Venue: CRED OKAYAMA (21F)
BANQUET GRANJYOUR

Buses will be arranged from the reception venue to Okayama Convention Center.
Farewell Dinner
Venue: MIELPARQUE Okayama Hotel
Note: Programme is subject to change.

Registration
The registration for this event is already closed. For hotel information, please refer to the reservation site.

Poster Presentation: Attached
A Poster presentation is a graphic presentation of an author’s research on (1). Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, (2). Climate Change or (3). Sustainable Consumption and Production (Food Systems). Poster presentation board will be located in the foyer on the 3rd floor of Okayama Convention center. Please refer to the guideline for detail information.


Contacts
RCE Okayama (kokusai@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp )
Global RCE Service Centre (rceconference@unu.edu)

Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs)
In 2002, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution announcing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD 2005-2014), based on the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. The United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the lead agency for the UNDESD, stressed the need to reorient existing education towards sustainability.
In 2003, in response to the UN resolution on the UNDESD, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) launched the ESD project, with funding support from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The ESD project designs and implements research and development activities through two flagship initiatives: a global multi-stakeholder global network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs) and a network of higher education institutions called the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net).
As of September 2017, 158 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide. The Global RCE Service Centre is headquartered at UNU-IAS, where it provides assistance to individual RCEs and facilitates their communication and networking.

RCE Okayama
RCE Okayama is a multi-stakeholder platform composed of more than 250 members of organisations, collaborating to empower people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future in Okayama City. Acknowledged first in the world as one of the ‘Initial Seven’ RCE’s, by the United Nations University (UNU) in 2005, RCE Okayama has been part of a coalition of 158 RCEs around the world for more than a decade.

In 2014, RCE Okayama hosted the 9th Global RCE Conference, co-organized by UNU-IAS. Input and recommendations were thereafter shared at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Aichi, Nagoya, partnering with UNESCO and the Government of Japan on the occasion of the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014). After 2015, RCE Okayama and Okayama City committed to further accelerating and mainstreaming ESD, by implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP), the follow-up programme to the UN Decade of ESD. In response to its vision and mission, RCE Okayama also launched the ESD Okayama Award in 2015, and offered a variety of programmes for youth and multi-stakeholders across the city and beyond.

In recent times, RCE Okayama and Okayama City received prestigious global awards and recognitions from UNESCO, including the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD 2016 and the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017. These are also significant steps in RCE Okayama’s global outreach efforts to contribute to the UN-Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) towards a better, sustainable future for all.



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