The United Nations University (UNU) has been implementing the programme on education for sustainable development (EfSD programme) through its Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) since 2003 to promote the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). UNU proposed to develop regional centres of expertise on education for sustainable development (RCEs) as one of the major thrusts of its EfSD programme, and has been promoting establishment of RCEs around the world.
An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organisations, mobilised to deliver ESD to local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide will constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development. RCEs aspire to achieve the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), by translating its global objectives into the context of the local communities in which they operate.
Ten RCEs around the world were acknowledged. RCE Beijing as the candidate has done a lot of works for the development of ESD in Beijing area and got much progress and also met much challenges. Taking these int o account, it was considered most effective that the acknowledged RCEs as well as other RCE candidates would gather, exchange information and experiences on their RCE activities, and discuss the problems they have faced and ways to overcome them. Under the support of United Nations University, Geography Educaiton Committee of International Geographical Union,Changping Education Committee, Beijing Normal University,RCE Beijing will hold the International Forum on Regional Centers of Expertise on ESD 15-18th August,2007 in Beijing.