Side events

Sunday 28 June

  • 09:00 - 17:00

GUPES Partnership Forum

Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) and UNEP

- Launched in the summer of 2012, GUPES was the result of a consultative forum organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners to increase successful involvement with universities.
- The goal of GUPES is to increase the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability practices and curricula into universities by supporting innovative approaches to education. This is done in accordance with the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, and in partnership with UNESCO, IAU and other organizations.
- Currently over 520 universities are affiliated with GUPES, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, North America & West Asia.

- As we move towards adoption of the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, the GUPES Partnerships Forum provides a platform to review progress of the GUPES community, and identifying joint initiatives/partnerships in contributing towards these new strategic directions, as well as implementation of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development;
- The GUPES Partnerships Forum will provide inputs to the 2015 World Environmental Education Congress, including WEEC side events on Sustainable Campuses - Universities Walking the Talk, and Developing a Massive Open Online Course on Education for Sustainable Development through South-North Partnerships.

Interested participants can register by emailing
Read more about the programme and speakers here.

Venue: "Hum small" - room C350 in the Humanisten Building: maps.

UNEP, GUPES Combined Logo



Monday 29 June

  • 09:00 - 11:30

International Intergenerational Network of Centers meeting

Academic centers have long promoted the mainstreaming of sustainability in home institutions, in higher education, and in the larger culture of our time. One purpose of this network is to document and report how individual centers practice sustainability in their home institutions and communities. We wish to promote collaboration among centers and to expand our vision of strong sustainability to other centers and institutions. We ale seek to engage students and junior colleagues as much as possible. The network would promote intergenerational collaboration in research and activities. We see the network as a conduit for partnerships, rather than as a formalized institution.

This meeting is an opportunity to advance the network's research agenda in intergenerational learning. We will discuss the development of the next book in the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development book series at Wageningen Academic Publishers. The previous volume, and the network's first research project, was Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures, published in 2014. We will also discuss governance matters.

Interested parties should kindly RSVP to Peter Blaze Corcoran at

Venue: Conference Room, Humanisten University Library, Renströmsgatan 4, 412 55 Göteborg, maps



  • 10:00-12:00 (10 sharp - the door close)

International collaboration in the development of ESD training resources for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

The overall goal of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) is to generate and scale up actions in all levels and areas of education and learning, and to accelerate progress towards sustainable development and the the post-2015 agenda. The meetings will provide a briefing on the UNESCO Partner Network that has been established to contribute towards GAP Priority Action Area 3: "Building capacities of educators and trainers”. If you would like to join (or report back to your institution on the possibility of joining) an international collaborative group of ECCE professionals and researchers developing resources for ESD training, please contact to register and do your best to attend at least one of the sessions. The attached document provides further associated information.

Venue: Room B1.114, Pedagogen /Department of Education, Läroverksgatan 15




  • 10:30 - 12:30 - CANCELLED

The Importance of Sustainability as a Separate Subject

A discussion on the importance of creating a separate curriculum subject for sustainability rather than maintaining the current more disparate approach.

Organizer: Nektarina Non Profit (also exhibiting in the NGO Forum)

Nektarina Non Profit:    Education For Sustainability:

Venue: Room C364 in the Humanisten Building: maps.

Nektarina Non Profit


Tuesday 30 June

  • 18:15 - 20:00

Aquatic Education

We will discuss the current and future challenges and the implementation of a thematic network on marine education worldwide, through presentations of best practices, proposals, and resources on marine, rivers and lakes.

We will focus in particular on:

-Sustainable Fishing, Think Blue SFTB

-Marine litter education

-Marine invasive species MIS

A wide range of participants are welcome; institutions, NGOs, net-works, schools and universities, in order to share contents and experiences that will enhance the thematic publication “il Pianeta Azzurro”.

Spoken languages: English and French without translation.

Organizer: Istituto per l'Ambiente e l'Educazione Scholé Futuro

For further information and registration to this side event, please contact Monica Risso:

Venue: Room C364 in the Humanisten Building: maps.


  • 18:15 - 20:00

Empowering civil society to improve ESD across Europe 

Subnational governments are key actors in the implementation of environmental education policies.

This joint session will explore how regional governments promote and support environmental education programs, through different kind of structural actions which imply public participation and empowering civil society.

This WEEC side event organized by the Government of Catalonia and the Lombardy Region will explore how regional governments promote and support environmental education programs and initiatives by means of different planned and systematic actions that enable the engagement, empower and participation of civil society and in particular, the third environmental sector.

Panelists will be:

Claudia Terzi, Minister of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, Government of Lombardy
Jurgen Loones, Education for Sustainable Developement Policy Coordinator, Government of Flanders
Marta Subirà, Director General of Environmental Policy, Government of Catalonia

Read more about this side-event at

Venue: C363 in the Humanisten Building: maps.

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  • 18:15 - 20:00 (or later)


For ten years the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE’s) have been active in supporting the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Now the decade is ended and we are now working on the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The intention with this side event is to discuss how the RCE networks can support the GAP, and how GAP can support the progress of the RCE networks. What are the roles of  the  RCEs in implementing GAP, what are the strategic actions to take.

We will use the Open Space method in order to stimulate collaboration and future actions.

Read more about this side-event at

The event will be held in English. It also welcomes RCE nodes that not are registered at WEEC2015  

Organizer: The Nordic RCE’s through RCE West Sweden.

For registration to this side event, email:

Venue: C444 in the Humanisten Building: maps. 

This event is supported by the United nations University UNU-IAS

Thursday 2 July

  • 14:00-16:10

Nordic gathering after WEEC2015 closing session - CANCELLED


14.00-14.10 Introduction, welcome

14:10-14.45 Presentation on sustainability work of Gothenburg University (Eddi Omrcen,  Ullika Lundgren, Barbro Robertsson)

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:15 Continuing: Gothenburg Univ. SD work + discussion

15:15-15:45 The outcome of NSCN Gothenburg workshop on SD indicators, measuring and reporting (Eddi Omrcen, Ullika Lundgren and Meeri Karvinen)

15:45-16:00 Discussion on the importance of context, connection between the global, regional and local/organizational perspectives (All)

16.00-16.10 Short presentation on NSCN future plans (Meeri Karvinen)

Note: We will meet at the entrance of Humanisten and go together to the room since most passages will be locked.

We’ll have also some coffee and snacks.

The amount of participants is limited, please contact if willing to participate! 

Venue: Venue: Faculty of Humanities, room H821. Address, maps.