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                                Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

KEY challenges

The UN 2030 Agenda  and the SDGs constitute a call for actions by all countries to promote prosperity with sustainable livelihoods and social justice while protecting the planet. Whereas progress has been recorded on the implementation of the SDGs across many countries, for most goals, the pace of progress has been insufficient and substantial acceleration is needed. This situation is attributable partly to ineffective governance such as lack of political will to transform development programmes into sustainable long-term practices and failing to ensure that global and national agendas are firmly translated to fit local contexts.

While acknowledging diverse challenges in respective RCE contexts, the overarching challenge is the need to rethink what, where and how we learn to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable us all to make informed decisions and take individual and collective actions on local, national and global urgencies. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an enormous challenge and the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs provide an internationally agreed roadmap for recovery. Despite the RCE's unique and important roles in creating sustaibable solutions through regional and local multi-stakeholder partnership on ESD, RCEs currently are not yet duly recognized by many local and national government authorities.

Strategic Priority Areas

Strategy 1: Serving as local and regional hubs for ESD, showing leadership to pioneer, practice and advocate for knowledge and innovative approaches

Strategy 2: Strenghthening the association of RCE activities with key local, national and global policies and frameworks related to SDGs ans ESD

Strategy 3: Expanding knowledge sharing and outreach among RCEs, external communities and relevant stakeholders, including by leveraging innovative technologies and modalities

Strategy 4: Monitoring the progress of achievements of RCEs and promote them in local, national and international platforms and processes

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