25.06.2019 -

Innovative UNESCO forum will explore three dimensions of learning crucial to achieving the Education 2030 Agenda


Ha Noi, 24 June 2019—More than 350 education experts, practitioners and policy-makers from 100 countries will attend the UNESCO 2019 Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, at the Melia Hotel in Ha Noi, Viet Nam from 2 to 3 July. The forum will explore the theme Learning and teaching for peaceful and sustainable societies: From early childhood to primary and secondary education.

As the lead agency on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), UNESCO will bring together stakeholder groups from the public, non-governmental and private sectors. Based on the results of a recent UNESCO-commissioned study, the two-day forum will address if and how the cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural dimensions of ESD and GCED are reflected in pre-primary, primary and secondary education.

The study examined a total of 263 policy and curriculum documents from ten countries and analysed the extent to which the three dimensions of learning, believed to be at the core of ESD and GCED, are reflected in pre-primary, primary and secondary education.

“Indeed, these two topics encompass the cognitive, social-emotional and behavioural dimensions of learning. During this forum, we will investigate whether the three dimensions of ESD and GCED are, in fact, addressed in a balanced manner in our educational systems; and whether there is a shift to be noticed when learners go from pre-primary, to primary and secondary levels,” said UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, whose speech will open the forum.

Using interactive plenaries and concurrent workshops, the forum sessions will seek to expand and reinforce partnerships and networking opportunities around these issues, inviting debate and fostering dialogue as well as sharing practical information and knowledge.

Participants will also be invited to present innovative and promising approaches on how to address gaps and fully harness the potential of the three domains of learning in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular Target 4.7, which relates to ESD and GCED.

The forum is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam and the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO. Additional support will be provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, the UNESCO Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Global Action Programme on ESD, and the Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding.


Conference page for the forum 2019




Media accreditation

 Le Thi Binh: National Project Officer for ESD, Ha Noi Office lt.binh@unesco.org, Green One UN House Building, 304 Kim Ma Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam  


Joyce Poan, Programme Specialist in the Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education within the Education Sector, UNESCO Headquarters at ESDGCEDForum@unesco.org

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