05.03.2012 - Education Sector

Education for Sustainable Development remains crucial for building a better future


In its eighth year, the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – led by UNESCO - has many success stories to tell. As education remains crucial to set the world on a sustainable development track, many stakeholders of the UN Decade are now already looking beyond the end of the Decade in 2014.

50 experts from around the world – invited by the German Commission for UNESCO - gathered in Bonn, Germany, on 27 and 28 February 2012 to take stock of the implementation of the UN Decade. Though ESD has proven relevant to all countries around the world.  participants anticipate that the vision and objectives of the Decade will not fully be met in 2014.

Experts therefore discussed possible follow-up activities for after 2014 to further promote mainstreaming and placing ESD at the core of all educational and learning activities.

The experts elaborated common recommendations, calling for international cooperation and long term educational efforts to reorient education and learning systems in the lead up to 2014 and beyond. The recommendations promote the vision to enable all learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and opportunities needed to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. 

Participants of the workshop included members of the advisory board of the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on ESD and the International Steering Group for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in 2014 in Japan, among other stakeholders.

UNESCO is currently preparing options for follow-up activities to the DESD, as requested by the General Conference of UNESCO.

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