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. The event will celebrate the decade’s achievements, showcase projects stimulated by the decade, review best practices, and identify key areas for future action.
This November, 50 youth leaders (aged 18-35) from around the world will unite to share their success stories, insights, and ideas related to global sustainability education at the UNESCO Education for Sustainability Youth Conference in Okayama City, Japan. The youth leaders will also be involved in developing policy recommendations at the Education for Sustainability World Conference occurring immediately after, where they will establish new goals and plans to achieve them for the decade ahead.
The conference organizers are kicking off with a series of pre-conference activities open to anybody interested in promoting Education for Sustainable Development, hosted on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) website. (Note: The WSIS was a summit dedicated to bridging the “digital divide” between rich and poor countries and bringing Information and Communication Technology to developing nations as a way of advancing the Millennium Development Goals. Although the conferences have already happened, conversations continue to take place in “knowledge communities” on the website. One such community of knowledge has been dedicated to discussing how to advance education for sustainable development around the world.)
On the WSIS website, youth leaders will get a chance to answer the following:
- How do you think youth can be a driving force for action in advancing ESD?
- Do you have a good practice to share?
Discussion topic areas will include:
- General discussion: Youth-to-youth empowerment (Empowering and mobilizing young change agents through ESD)
- Discussion 1: Policy advancement (Integrating ESD into international and national policies)
- Discussion 2: Whole-institution approach (Engaging all stakeholders to transform learning and training environment including curriculum)
- Discussion 3: Educators and trainers (Building capacities of educators and trainers to become learning facilitators for ESD)
- Discussion 4: Innovative learning for youth (Enhancing learning opportunities through innovative programmes including E-learning)
- Discussion 5: Local communities (Accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level through ESD)
- Discussion 6: Sustainability challenges (Making ESD a more central part of international response to sustainability challenges such as climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction)
- Discussion 7: Social entrepreneurship (Incubating social projects and entrepreneurship through ESD)
- Discussion 8: Women and marginalized groups (Empowering women and marginalized groups through ESD)
The online discussions on ESD will be open for comments from from October 5th to October 20th.
Comments will be submitted to the World Conference on ESD in November.