26.11.2010 - ODG

Education is Key for Responding to Climate Change: Director-General addresses United Nations University

© United Nations University - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova giving a lecture at the United Nations University in Tokyo on 26 November 2010, during her first official visit to Japan

“Responding to climate change starts with education,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a comprehensive lecture before a full hall at the United Nations University in Tokyo on 26 November 2010.

Giving concrete examples of UNESCO initiatives that integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning, the Director-General stressed that “responding to climate change must start with each of us, with the ways that we think and act.”

She also highlighted the link between gender equality and climate change education; and the importance of sharing the experience of local and indigenous communities that are highly vulnerable to climate change

Finally, the Director-General emphasized the need to invest in disaster reduction and preparedness, noting the importance of education in this area.

Ms Bokova applauded the work of the United Nations University in applying global knowledge for local solutions and in promoting indigenous knowledge to widen dialogue on climate and other complex global issues.

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