Global Network of RCEs on ESD


The Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs on ESD) is a global programme initiated and administered by the United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS). Since its launch in 2005, coinciding with beginning of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014) the RCE sites have grown to now engage over 150 cities and regions around the world. The RCE concept is to explore how the core elements of ESD, i.e. education, public awareness and training, can help to create more sustainable communities. The RCE networks work both locally to bring ESD policy into local practice and collectively by collaboratively sharing their expertise in a “Global Learning Space”.

What do we do?

In developing the early plans to create the RCE programme in 2002, the Chairholder Charles Hopkins served as an advisor to the UNU Rector. He continues to both support the development of new RCEs and maintaining momentum at existing RCEs around the world.

From 2004 until 2019, Charles was a member of the Ubuntu Committee, the international advisory body of the RCE programme, and Advisor to the RCEs in the Americas. In 2020, he was appointed as a Global Advisor to the RCE Global Network for UNU-IAS.

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