The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Sustainability, Japan organised the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Delhi, India. The event included global and regional conferences and programs to equip Regional Centres of Expertise with better capacity and to translate, and promote global visions and policies into grass root level implementation. It also mapped the best practice models among local communities.
Over 40 percent of the RCE Networks are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region. RCE, Delhi organised the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Conference from 2nd to 4th November, 2017 and representatives from more than eight countries participated. Mr. Laxman Radhakrishnan IAS, Mr. P. Vijayachandran IAS (rtd.) and Mr. Aravind A.R. represented RCE Thiruvananthapuram in the Conference.
The Conference started off with the evaluation of the effectiveness of the previous conference held at Regional Centre of Expertise in Cha am, Thailand. The evaluation was mainly based on three important areas: school and youth, communities and higher education. RCE Thiruvananthapuram works on ESD initiatives focusing on the first category, school and youth. Updates about our projects targeting low carbon education in schools, youth initiatives and health and sanitation were actively discussed at the Conference. RCE Thiruvananthapuram proposed to take up leadership in spreading the organic Good Food Movement across different RCEs, which was welcomed by the organizing committee. The committee also put forward that all RCEs should have at least one representative identified as youth facilitator.
The symposium that followed which saw over thirty case study presentations was divided into three themes. Mr Aravind A.R. presented the project ‘Kerala BalaKrishi Shastra Congress’ under the theme of climate change. The project used ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) initiatives in spreading good food movement among school children with the effective use of organic farms inside school campuses. The project saw a direct participation of over 30,000 students from 14 districts of the state of Kerala. The project won the UNESCO Okayama World ESD Prize, 2017.
Training sessions on self evaluation on multi stakeholder initiatives were organised by members of UNU IAS. Technical resource session on responsible production and consumption was conducted by TERI. The Delhi organised the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Conference concluded with a members’ field trip to TERI Gram in Haryana on 4th November 2017.