The UN specify in their Guidelines for RCE Applications that:
“The application should include a description of the RCE’s governance or management structure, keeping in mind that an RCE should serve as a platform for dialogue among regional/local ESD stakeholders. Care should be taken that the structure is not dominated by any single institution, but that a variety of stakeholders are involved. The institutions that are part of the structure should be listed, and operational and decision-making methods of the RCE described. Documents proving commitment from key institutions are essential to this process, and this commitment should be attached in written form.
A clear explanation of how the RCE will follow governance principles, including that of accountability and transparency, should be part of the application. These principles should be reflected in the management structure of the RCE.”
Our application for acknowledgement to be an RCE included the following:
“The RCE-MD Board will be drawn from representatives of the stakeholder community. The governing body will be responsible for:
- the strategic direction of the RCE;
- setting priorities for RCE activities and projects;
- ensuring RCE-MD activities align with the RCE’s vision, objectives and strategic direction;
- ensuring that the day-to-day functioning of RCE-MD reflects a commitment to sustainability; and
- risk management.
A chair and deputy chair of the Board will be elected for a three year term by the constituent stakeholders.”
The process so far
Stakeholders attended a meeting on 9 December 2013 to discuss governance. There was much discussion around governance structure noting that our aims were transformative change and that we needed to reflect, encourage and inspire that with our structure. To that end an Interim Board was formed to investigate the best governance structure and strategies for going forward.