UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014
an article by UNESCO Events
In 2014, UNESCO and the Government of Japan are organizing the
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable
Development - Learning Today for a Sustainable Future (10-12
November) on the occasion of the end of the UN Decade of
Education for Sustainable Development.
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The 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable
Development will carry out a stock-taking of the implementation of
the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)
and celebrate the Decade’s achievements. The Conference will
showcase initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that were
stimulated by the DESD. Examples of good practice from all over the
world will play an important role in identifying viable approaches to
ESD, as well as key areas for future action.
Building on the Bonn Declaration from 2009, the Conference will
draw out the relevance of ESD to all efforts to improve the quality of
education. It will highlight the role of ESD for the transition to green
economies and societies and as a catalyst for cross-sector planning
and implementation of programmes in areas such as climate
change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. It will also address
how ESD can help move Sustainable Development policy and action
forward to meet different global, regional, national, and local needs.
Reviewing the implementation of the Decade at the Conference will
lead to the development of strategies for ESD activities after 2014.
With the target date of the Millennium Development Goals and the
Education for All (EFA) objectives approaching in 2015, and two
years after the Rio+20 conference, the Conference will also
highlight the relevance of ESD for the next set of global education
and development goals. It will make concrete contributions to the
post-2014 education and sustainable development agendas.
The Conference will be preceded by Stakeholder Meetings in
Okayama, Japan, from 4 to 8 November 2014.
The meetings will bring together key groups such as UNESCO
ASPnet schools, youth and higher education institutions and provide
inputs and recommendations to the World Conference on Education
( Click here for the version in French and here for the Spanish version.
Question(s) related to this article:
Despite the vested interests of companies and governments, Can we make progress toward sustainable development?
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Latest reader comment:
[responding to CPNN article The film 'Demain', a manifesto?
Yes initiatives from the grassroots are important and necessary which will have a direct impact on the present and the future. But there are governments like India which are conscious of over exploitation of the earth’s resources and are taking suitable policy measures and also taking legal action against the exploiters.
We must emphasize public transportation and reduce our dependence on individual cars even though the auto industry will not like this.
Otherwise it is not demain but aujourdhui — the problems are there for us to see.