Strengthening the Role of African Regional Centres of Expertise to Deliver the SDGs through Education for Sustainable Development

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On 26 August 2016, UNU-IAS/ Global RCE Service Centre will organize a side event on Strengthening the Role of African Regional Centres of Expertise to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals in Kenyatta University Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya prior to the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The event is jointly organized by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), RCE Greater Nairobi and the African Regional Centres of Expertise network.

The Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) global network provides useful opportunities for implementing education for sustainable development (ESD) as a mechanism for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). The RCE global network was launched by the United Nations University (UNU) in 2005 and is coordinated by the Global RCE Service Centre at the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (IAS) in Tokyo, Japan. Designed as multi-stakeholder partnerships to address local and regional sustainable development challenges, RCEs are playing a vital role in developing competences and capabilities needed for achieving the SDGs.

This event explores ways of strengthening African RCEs as multi-stakeholder partnerships for scaling up innovation, resources and action to deliver the SDGs in local and regional contexts. The event aims to highlight and promote the role of ESD in achieving the SDGs at local and regional levels. It will bring together multi-stakeholder learning experiences and expertise on the implementation of ESD and the SDGs. The event will also showcase the work of the global RCE network on ESD.

This event will be held in English.


Kenyatta University Conference Centre


10:00 – 10:15      Opening remarks

  • Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai (Regional Advisor for African RCEs and Former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities
  • David Ongare (Coordinator of African RCEs)

10:15 – 10:30      Key note presentation

  • "Strengthening multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa" (UNDP Representative, TBC)

10:30 – 11:30      Panel Discussion


  • Akpezi Ogbuigwe (Regional Advisor for African RCEs, Former Head of Environmental Education and Training at the United Nations Environment Programme)
  • Rob O'Donoghue (Director of the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University)
  • Ayub Macharia (Director National Environment Management Authority)
  • Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Former Governor, Niger State) (TBC)
  • UNESCO Representative (TBC)
  • Youth Representative (TBC)

11:30 – 12:00  Open Discussion

12:00               Closing

*All participants are requested to present an Identification Document on the day of the event to access the venue for security procedure. 

August 26th, 2016 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Kenyatta University Conference Centre
Main Campus-Thika Superhighway
Nairobi, Nairobi Municipality

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