How can we continue to spread education for sustainable development (ESD) over the world in the best possible way? This is the question that is drawing educators, policy makers, ministers, researchers, civil society representatives and youth to meet at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya November 10 to 12. The title of the conference is ‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’ and during the conference the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched.
The outcomes of the World Conference will inform the deliberations of the World Education Forum to be held from 19 to 22 May 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
Some 1000 participants from all around the world are attending. There has also been a Youth Conference prior to the meeting, the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference. Ingrid M. Rieser was one of the participants and has blogged from the conference here. Also see the UNESCO ESD_Youth Statement.
On November 11 the 10 YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme is being launched. The programme will have the following objectives:
- Build a shared vision of sustainable lifestyles
- Integrate sustainable lifestyles principles and practices across all sectors of society
- Develop tools and incentives, provide capacity-building for achieving sustainable lifestyles and disseminating good practices.
- Empower individuals to adopt sustainable lifestyles through education, awareness-raising and participation
- Measure and track the benefits of action targeting lifestyles
More on this in a later post.