Wales Regional Centre of Expertise for the Well-being of Current and Future Generations
What’s an RCE?
An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal organisations that facilitate learning towards sustainable development in local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development.
An RCE involves a range of stakeholders including higher education institutions, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, local government, businesses, volunteers, or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development such as economic growth, social development, and environmental protection, students and learners at all levels.
RCEs bring together institutions at the regional level to jointly promote Education for Sustainable Development. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders through partnerships for sustainable development.
A global network of RCEs formed in 2003 by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in response to the UN resolution announcing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Currently over 150 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide.
For further details visit the RCE website.
Wales is a country with a population of over 3 million people, with 560,000 Welsh speakers, and is a bilingual nation. It has a total land area of 20,758 sq.kms, with over 2,700km of coastline and large mountainous areas with its highest summit, Snowdon standing at 1,085 meters. Wales is bordered by the Irish Sea to the north and west, England to the west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.
Wales was amongst the first nations to make sustainable development a constitutional duty, the first Fair Trade Nation and the first nation in the world to legislate for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.
The Vision for RCE Wales
RCE Wales facilitates collaboration to research, develop and promote a greater understanding of sustainability and well-being of current and future generations, and is central to co-developing the sustainable ‘Wales we want’.
RCE Wales will:
- Facilitate the creation of cohesive communities or orbits of interest driven in part but not exclusively by the Welsh Universities’ Future Generations Group (HEFGG), each community working to its strength and sharing that expertise so that individual strength becomes the strength of all.
- Developing a ‘hub of expertise’ for education on sustainable development and the well-being of future generations across Welsh Universities which will work with the communities of interest across Wales to research and promote local and global citizenship.
- Using the Well-being of Future Generations framework – the one sustainable development goal, the four pillars, the five ways of working and the seven Wellbeing Goals enshrined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to guide and shape the work of the RCE and to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2017 the Wales RCE underwent a rejuvenation process, to reflect the new developments and responsibilities outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The secretariat currently consists of three Higher Education institutions.
(Cross Cutting Themes Officer, Computational Foundry, SEACAMS2, AgorIP and founder member of the original RCE Secretariat)
(Director of Sustainability, Bangor University, and Chair of HEFGG)
Cardiff Metropolitan University
(Assistant HR Director: Health, Safety and Well-being)