5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
23 - 25 November 2010

Parallel events

Green Events Training Seminar

Participants at the GUNI Conference will have the chance to attend, at no cost, the Green Events Training Seminar!

Participants at the GUNI Conference will have the chance to attend, at no cost, the Green Events Training Seminar that will be held on 23 November from 10.00 - 14.00 at the Conference Venue.


The seminar is an interactive training session  to learn about how to plan, implement and evaluate sustainable events. . The session will focus on understanding the impacts of hosting events, the opportunities and barriers to organizing sustainable events and to be able to host and evaluate a sustainable event for your organization. The trainer for this session will be Heloise Buckland, editor of the magazine “Education and Sustainability”, coordinator of RCE Barcelona and co-founder Barcelonya. 


The registration deadline to attend  this event is the 31st of October and confirmation of attendance emails should be sent to eduard.alegre@upc.edu.


Limited space available. 

Evaluation of the Decade for Education for Sustainable Development

Public symposium organized by United Nations University and RCE Barcelona with the support of the Global University Network for Innovation

22 November 2010, 1600 – 1930
Recite Historic Sant Pau


The goal of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014, DESD), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort will encourage changes in behavior that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.

The UN Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) meets once a year to assess progress on the Decade. This year the meeting is chaired by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies and will be held in Barcelona on the 21st of November, followed by a public symposium on the evaluation of the decade.

While significant development has been demonstrated at the international level, assessment of the ESD actions at the regional/local level, as well as understanding of the interface between regional/local and global assessments, might still present a challenge.

The Public symposium will focus on understanding of the global DESD monitoring practices and results of the first half of the DESD and challenges of ESD assessment and monitoring. It will also look at the assessment of the actions of some institutions, e.g. higher education, public sector and civil society. The Symposium will bring together perspectives from international organizations, UN agencies, and individual organizations on assessment and its role in fostering ESD.


To ensure your place at this free event, please register via:
es@rce-barcelona.net / 93 424 5202

7th International Conference and 8th Session of the General Assembly of PEACE. November 22-23, 2010

The PEACE Programme is pleased to announce its 7th International Conference to be held on 22 and 23 November 2010 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona. The 8th Session of the General Assembly will also be held on 23 November in the afternoon, at the end of the International Conference.

To mark the celebration of 2010 as the International Year of the Raprochement among Cultures, a special session of the Conference will be devoted to the Role of universities in promoting dialogue among cultures and civilizations. Presentations of positive experiences and good practices of universities from various parts of the world will be complemented with a special focus on the role of Palestinian academics in promoting dialogue among cultures and civilizations.

More info: http://www.peace-programme.org/

Fifth Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs (Closed Meeting)

At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, eleven leading educational and scientific organizations, under the leadership of the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), signed the Ubuntu Declaration on Education, Science and Technology for Sustainable Development. The signatories of the Declaration are called the Ubuntu Alliance members. The Ubuntu Alliance, at its meeting in 2006, established a Committee of Peers for the RCEs (Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) to discuss ways to promote education for sustainable development (ESD), to review applications and provide recommendations to the UNU on the acknowledgement of new RCEs.


An RCE is not a physical centre but a network of existing local/regional institutions mobilized to promote all types and levels of learning for a sustainable future. An RCE is a network of local stakeholders for ESD, and local higher education institutions must be part of the network. As of May 2010, there are 76 RCEs worldwide, in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americasb el que trobaràs en aq. RCEs, both individually and collectively aspire to achieve the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014).


Since 2006, the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs has met annually to review applications and give strategic advice to the RCE community at UNESCO Paris (2006, 2007, 2008) and the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo (2009). This year, the Fifth Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee will be held in Barcelona in conjunction with the GUNI Conference. Attendance is by invitation only.

GUNI's founding members: Sponsored by:
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Unesco United Nations University
Supported by:
Ministerio de Educación Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona