The Global RCE Service Centre and Ubuntu Committee members have finalized the review process and have forwarded the official acknowledgement for the establishment of Regional Centre of Expertise Thiruvananthapuram. This is a unique opportunity for the sustainable development initiatives of this region to be reflected in the policy process of United Nations and other international fora.
The United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) established the RCE movement to look towards the future of the global community against the backdrop of the new solutions taking shape in sustainable development and education. This stemmed from the awareness that unless local stakeholders work together to find and implement local solutions to local sustainable development problems, all efforts to translate global sustainable development policy and vision into local realities go in vain. By creating partnerships among groups and individuals as diverse as educators, researchers, policymakers, scientists, youth, and throughout the public, private and non-governmental sectors, RCEs are able to provide a framework for strategic thinking in creating visible change in communities.
Trivandrum gets to be part of a global network of more than 200 Sustainable Development model regions across various continents with a shared knowledge base and potential collaborations. The major agendas on focus includes Climate Change, Health, Better Schools, Sustainable Consumption and Production , Livelihoods and Well-being ,Youth, Higher Education ,Traditional Knowledge ,Biodiversity, Disaster Risk Reduction, Inclusive Development and Learning, Capacity development, Research and Development, Communications and Engagement with International Sustainability Processes.
Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) is the Secretariat of RCE Thiruvananthapuram acknowledged by United Nations University. CISSA has taken the lead role in establishing the RCE in Thiruvananthapuram by inviting various Stakeholders into the RCE network and is functioning as its Secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from being its Secretariat, CISSA facilitate a mentoring role to RCE Thiruvananthapuram by providing expert guidance to intellectual discussions and activities initiated by the RCE Thiruvananthapuram.
CISSA is a multi-disciplinary organization endowed with a think tank comprising of scientists and professionals from all walks of life, who provides foresighted guidance and orientation for its diverse feats bridging science with the society. (www.cissa.co.in, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).