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Message from the President

Chairperson of RCE Chubu
Atsuo Iiyoshi

There are many global-level activities whose aim is to realize a sustainable society. However, ever since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and still in the 21st century, environmental and developmental issues remain unresolved. 10 years after the Rio Summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, also known as the Johannesburg Summit, took place. Taking into account the lesson of the 10 years prior to the Summit, world leaders agreed upon the importance of education in mitigating these issues. The Japanese government proposed to launch the “Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).” Later, the United Nations General Meeting unanimously agreed to frame the period between 2005 and 2014 as the “Decade of ESD.”

In the wake of this initiative, the United Nations University launched its Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE-ESD) program in 2005. The aim of this program is to bring about the development of ESD at the local level by taking into account the reflections on sustainable development at the national or UN level. Seven locales were certified as RCEs in 2005. Since then, as of 2014, we have more than 124 locales from around the globe join our program. RCEs operate not only by partnering with educational institutions, but also by searching ways of collaborating with non-public forms of education. In the Tokai region – Aichi, Gifu, and Mie – in particular, Chubu RCE was established in 2007 and has subsequently been approved by the UN University in 2011. In addition to Chubu University, institutions such as Nagoya University, Nagoya Environmental University, and the RCE Chubu Promotional Committee have taken part in this process. In 2008, in addition to the above mentioned institutions, Mie University, Gifu University, and EPO Chubu have joined us to play an organizational role. This led us to start the RCE Chubu Committee. As of 2013, we have had more than 72 organizations sign up for this committee. It is our hope that we continue to maintain a constructive relationship with our partners and to provide the necessary support for all to excel in their respective activities.

Mission Statement~Creating Mutual Education through Partnerships~

 RCE Chubu Committee is a network organization located in Tokai-Chubu region. We collaborate with more than 80 groups (educational institutions, NPOs, governmental institutions, and corporations) in order to promote an education for sustainable development (ESD). Of these groups, 16 individuals from 9 particular groups, including the Chancellors of Chubu University and of Nagoya University, are responsible for core operational tasks.
RCE Chubu focuses its activities within a region which we call the “Ise-Mikawa Watershed Area,” a region covered by rivers which flow into Lake Ise and Lake Mikawa. This area roughly corresponds to the three prefectures of Aichi, Gifu, and Mie. Our activities aim to clarify the natural, economic, and social problems which hinder sustainable development, and to develop a network for developing individuals who will be able to resolve such problems. In more concrete terms, our activities consist of the following.

  1. Education and mutual learning at all levels – formal, informal, and non-formal.
  2. Designing a “toolbox” for ESD which contains research, networks, databases, teaching material, and teaching methods
  3. Educating individuals who has a holistic and critical point of view, can conceive the relation between humans and nature, and can plant the seeds of ESD into local communities

In addition, in view of the last year of the UN “Decade of ESD,” we are currently working on the RCE Chubu Project 2014 – Constructing a “Chubu Model” for ESD Promotion


What is an RCE?

“Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD” (RCEs) are headquarters for actualizing ESD on a local level. The United Nations University is responsible for providing certification. To be more precise, an RCE is a network organization of existing public and non-public institutions who aim to provide ESD for local communities. The network of RCEs with the world constitutes a global educational space for sustainable development. By transforming the global level project of the “Decade of ESD” (DESD 2005-2014) into local level activities, RCEs aim to achieve the goals laid out by DESD.



President Atsuo Iiyoshi (Chancellor, Chubu University)
Co-President Michinari Hamaguchi (President, Nagoya University)

Steering Committee Members

Steering Committee Members Tsuneo Takeuchi (Nagoya University) *Chair
Satoshi Chikami (Nagoya Open university of Environment) *Vice-Chair
Hiroaki Somiya (Chubu University)
Kinhide Mushakoji < International Affairs>
Mitsuyuki Imamura (Gifu University)
Satoshi Kuroiwa < Business Sector >
Seiko Hanochi (Chubu ESD-RCE Promotion Network)
Susumu Takayama (Mie University)
Yoko Shinkai (Environmental Partnership Office Chubu)
Yoshimi Bessho(Nagoya City University)
Hidetoshi Miyakawa(Adviser)
Masuaki Asada(Adviser)
Noriyasu Kunori(Adviser)
Hiroshi Ninomiya(Adviser)
Ichiro Muto (Adviser)


Secretariat Reita Furusawa(Chubu University)
Shin’ya Kawamura(Chubu University)
Shotaro Matsuno(Nagoya University)
Kyoko Baba(Environmental Partnership Office Chubu)
Masao Nakamura(Chubu University)