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Launch of the SDG Accord at WEEC 2017

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has launched the Sustainable Development Goal Accord.
The purpose of the SDG Accord is twofold:

~ First it is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society.

~Secondly, the Accord is a commitment learning institutions are making to one another to do more to deliver the goals, to annually report on each signatories progress and to do so in ways which share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally. An objective is that sector SDG reporting metrics will be presented at the annual UN High Level Political Forum.

Over the last 9 months a growing number of the worlds University and student sustainability networks have collaborated to create a unifying collaborative global mechanism to help step up to the challenge and the opportunity of the SDGs.

It represents a rare and powerful opportunity for WEEC delegates to support and learn from each other and raise the profile of education in delivering the SDG’S and a sustainable future for us all.

Please check more information here.

Agreement between WEEC and University of Turin

Thanks to the President of the University of Turin Prof. Gianmaria Ajani (in the picture on the right, with Mario Salomone, the WEEC Secretary General) for having hosted the WEEC network and honored our collaboration with an official agreement, signed on July 12th, 2017.

The WEEC delegation was composed by (in the picture from the left to the right): Bianca La Placa (WEEC Network, Italy) , Ihssane EL Marouani (Foundation Mohammed VI for the Environmental Protection, Morocco), Mario Salomone (WEEC Network Secretary General), David Zandvliet (Simon Fraser University, Canada) , Nouhza Alaoui (Secretary General Foundation Mohammed VI for the Environmental Protection, Morocco), Dario Padovan (Unesco Chair, University of Turin, Italy)

World-renowned voices, here are the plenary speakears

We are thrilled to share the list of our confirmed plenary speakers. Join us during WEEC 2017 to hear these world-renowned voices.

Saturday, September 9, 15:00 – 16:30
Dr. Jeannette Armstrong
University of British Columbia, Canada


Sunday, September 10, 10:30 – 12:00
Council of the Haida Nation, Canada


Sunday, September 10, 15:00 – 16:30
Prof. Wade Davis
University of British Columbia, Canada


Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 – 12:00
Elizabeth May, OC MP
Green Party of Canada, Canada


Tuesday, September 12, 15:00 – 16:30
Dr. Tara Cullis
The David Suzuki Foundation, Canada


Wednesday, September 13, 08:30 – 10:00
Dr. David Suzuki
The David Suzuki Foundation, Canada


For their full biographies, please visit the congress website.

Call for interest to host the 11th WEEC Congress

Volunteers 8WEEC, Sweden 2015. Photos by: Saman Nazari, Fotokooperativet

Are you interested to host the next WEEC Congress in 2021?
The World Environment Education Congress is a permanent meeting point for EE actors to share knowledge, contact and best practices. Since 2003, each two years, the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, in collaboration with local partner, organizes congress which attracts thousands of people worldwide.
The pillars of the congress are embedded in the tradition of the WEECs and in the characteristics of the environmental education whose success depends on its inclusive, cross-sectorial and multicultural approach.
You are invited to join the next congress in Vancouver (BC, Canada) from 9th to 15thSeptember 2017 and take the opportunity to meet the International Secretariat.

For detailed information please write to secretariat@weecnetwork.org

Towards a “World Environmental Education Council”

Millions of people and organizations work every day to spread awareness, to increase the knowledge of citizens and their awareness of the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century, to help the changing of individual and collective behavior.
The conferences are the place where all disciplines meet, where each role gives its contribution (educators, journalists, science communicators, researchers, public administrators, etc.), Where the views are compared freely and possibly come together to contribute to the common good.
No matter how each calls this education; environmental, sustainable development, global citizenship, ecological transition …
It’s important to have all the same objectives for the building a greener society, livable, ecological, more in harmony with nature and more in tune with the balance and the limits of the Earth planet.
That’s why the world’s environmental education conference are also the place to build a “World Environmental Education Council”.

Call for abstracts for 9th Weec

7th WEEC, Marrakech (Morocco) Registration desk

7th WEEC, Marrakech (Morocco) Registration desk

The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 31st, 2017.

The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
The theme Culture/Environment focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.
WEEC 2017 (Vancouver) will be a congress of Cutural and Environmental mobilization.

COP 22, the Youth Appeal

During the Education Thematic Day at the COP 22, November 14th, the representatives of the Young Reporters for the Environment (JRE) launched a Youth Appeal. This appeal read by Aicha Oujidi JRE from Morocco and Melvin Lie Morris JRE from Kenya contains nine recommendations discussed and agreed by JREs from 11 different countries (Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Portugal, Canada, Romania, Kazakhstan and Malta), which the Foundation held on 13 and 14 November in Marrakech on the theme of reducing the ecological footprint. One of the nine recommendations was retained by YONGO, which committed to bringing it up to the UNFCCC level.

Piloted by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the Young Reporters for Environment (JRE) is present in 30 countries belonging to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) In Morocco participated 22,000 high school students, 174 of which were prize-winners in the national competition and 24 in the international competition. These pupils were accompanied by 8300 supervisors.

European Days on Environmental Education

On the 25th and the 26th September 2014 the European Days of Environmental Education has held in Bergamo (Italy ) which become the “capital of Europe “ for a few days.

The announcement was made at a press conference held in Bergamo March 3rd 2014, in the presence of the commissioners for the environment of the Lombardy Region, Province and Municipality of Bergamo Claudia Terzi, Enrico Piccinelli and Massimo Bandera and the General Secretary of the WEEC network Mario Salomone.

Bergamo and the Lombardia region have a wealth of parks, botanical gardens, museums and eco-museums, educational farms etc. and a wide variety of experiences in the field of environmental education. The local “system” has been mobilized to ensure the success of the “Days” and to offer participants workshops, visits and other opportunities to meet life and experiences in the region. The first edition of the European meeting was held in Lyon on March 4, 2013. Knowledge sharing and networking – both between the EU member countries and the other countries of the continent – are among the goals of the event. It also has had the support to the development of environmental education policies both at national and European level. The format of the meeting went from plenary sessions to small parallel groups and activities “on the ground”.

For the Italian world of environmental education this event has been a valuable opportunity to reinforce the process begun in 2013, which aims to replenish the ranks of a system put in suffering from the cuts in public spending.

Science Centre World Summit 2017: call for a proposal is open

The call for session proposals for The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is now open for a month!
The SCWS is a global meeting of professionals of science centres/museums and their networks from around the world, convened once every three years. The second Summit will be held in 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Miraikan and countries in the Asia and Pacific region.

The SCWS offers an opportunity for science centres/museums to discuss their strategies for their new roles in society. At this Summit, representatives of participating science centres / museums will have discussions with scientists and educators as well as other stakeholders in society, including policymakers, industry and citizens communities, and build varied partnerships to create new approach to global issues followed by concrete actions.

For more information visit the website

Call for partners for an ESD project

Urgent call to the ENSI community in search for a partner school to cooperate in an ESD project within the “Sparkling Science”, a programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science to strengthen the collaboration between research and education.

The working title of the project is “Virtual Reality as extended learning environment  for transformative education”. The deadline for the proposal is 30th September 2016.

For details see here or write to christian.rammel@wu.ac.at