04.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Education for Sustainable Development in Africa after 2014: what’s next?

How to continue the movement created by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which ends in 2014?

This is what five regional consultations are looking into. UNESCO, as the lead agency for the Decade, is organizing the expert consultations between January and April 2013. The Africa consultation is taking place on 4-5 March in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Each consultation will bring together participants drawing from Member States of the region, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia, ESD practitioners, local community organizations and youth organizations.

“The aim of the regional expert consultations is to ensure a transparent, participatory preparation of the post-2014 ESD programme framework through the collection of input from relevant stakeholders in all regions,” says Yao Ydo, who is responsible for education for sustainable development at UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar.

Expected outcomes

The regional consultations are a crucial element in collecting positions on the post-2014 framework and preparing a final assessment of the DESD. In addition to the consultations, Member States and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to individually provide input for the post-2014 framework via a questionnaire to be sent out in January 2013.

They are expected to achieved the following results:

  1. Priority areas for ESD activities post-2014 identified;
  2. ESD initiatives that could be scaled-up in a post-2014 framework identified;
  3. Key partners to involve in a post-2014 framework identified.

Finally, the consultations will collect suggestions for the preparations of the UNESCO World Conference on ESD to take place on 10-12 November 2014 in Japan.

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