Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies
IGES Activities at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD 2014
The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was held from the 10th to 12th November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. This year marks the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), and as well as examining the results of the last ten years, the conference also saw the launch of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD which will form a new global framework on ESD for the next five years.
IGES has actively contributed to the DESD through research, policy support and capacity building on ESD. At this conference, IGES, in cooperation with the UN Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group (MEEG) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), coordinated a workshop under the formal conference programme on Monitoring and Evaluation of the DESD and ESD. This workshop brought together over 50 global stakeholders to discuss experiences on monitoring and evaluation during the DESD and to form recommendations for how this work can be replicated and strengthened during the coming years. IGES also supported a second workshop on monitoring and evaluation which was specifically focused on setting a framework for monitoring and evaluation of the GAP. Important recommendations from these workshops highlight the need for wider multi-stakeholder involvement in ESD monitoring and evaluation, as well as the necessity to strengthen methods for assessing aspects of quality education and ESD learning performance.
In a side event held on the 11th November 2014, UNEP organised a launching event for the Sustainable Lifestyle and Education (SLE) programme under the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production. At this event, IGES president Mr. Mori announced both IGES’s involvement as a member of Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the programme as well as the Government of Japan, Ministry of Environment’s role as a co-lead of this programme. In a workshop on the same day on education for sustainable consumption and production, Mr. Mori explained the links between this education focus in the GAP and its counterpart in the SLE programme, while IGES staff presented on the institute’s involvement in a UNEP pilot project on institutional strengthening of education for sustainable consumption (ESC) in which IGES contributed to developing national ESC guidelines for Indonesia.
From the 4th to 8th November 2014, prior to the main conference a series of stakeholder meetings were held in Okayama, Japan. At these meetings, IGES presented a poster on the links between quality education and ESD, and staff was also involved in the meetings of the Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD. On the 8th and 9th November, IGES joined the Water & Green Foundation and the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (EPAT) to host a booth at the ESD Communication Festival held at a local park in Nagoya. IGES also participated in the Higher Education for Sustainable Development conference on the 9th November.
Date 10-12 November 2014 Place Nagoya, Aichi Organiser United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) Official Site http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/