3rd International Conference of Regional
Centres of Expertise (RCE) on ESD
Bicing in Barcelona
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The 3rd International Conference of Regional Centres of
Expertise (RCE) on ESD was held from 2-4 July 2008 in
Barcelona (Spain), providing an opportunity for the Centres
to discuss activities and challenges in
The development of RCEs is an initiative of the Education
for Sustainable Development (EfSD) Programme at the
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
(UNU-IAS). An RCE is a network of existing formal, nonformal
and informal education organisations mobilised
to deliver ESD at local and regional (sub-national) levels.
A network of RCEs worldwide will constitute the Global
Learning Space for Sustainable Development. RCEs aspire
to achieve the goals of the DESD by translating its global
objectives into the context of the local communities
in which they operate. At the moment, 55 RCEs are
acknowledged by UNU all over the world.
Transversal issues such as communications, monitoring,
evaluation and reporting were discussed at the conference.
Working group sessions on the themes of biodiversity,
sustainable production and consumption, teacher training,
youth, health and e-learning, and sessions for each
continent were part of the conference.
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