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Website launch for 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
an article by UNESCO

Preparations and information for the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi- Nagoya, Japan are now available on the Conference’s website.

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The Conference will mark the end of the United Nations Decade of ESD (2005-2014), celebrate its achievements and launch future ESD activities.

Stakeholders can contribute resources and data via the Conference’s website, which will enrich the final assessment report of the Decade. The report will be launched at the Conference.

The website also illustrates UNESCO’s development of a draft Global Action Programme on ESD as suggested follow-up to the Decade, in collaboration with countries and other stakeholders. In addition, key UNESCO ESD publications, videos and ESD success stories from around the world are accessible on the site. The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development is organized by UNESCO and the Government of Japan.

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.

Education for Sustainable Development requires far- reaching changes in the way education is often practised today.

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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.

This report was posted on September 7, 2013.