About the Conference
Education for Sustainable development is about making education more relevant in order to respond to present and future challenges. But how can learners acquire the skills, knowledge and values they need to tackle complex issues such as climate change, globalization and poverty reduction? What sustainable development issues should be taught and learnt?
UNESCO, as lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014) is coordinating global efforts to address, through education, the social, environmental, economic, and cultural challenges of the 21st century, focusing on three key issues: climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction as entry points for promoting sustainable development practices through education.
The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will mark the end of the Decade. The World Conference, to be held from 10-12 November 2014 in Japan, is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Using the motto “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future”, the Conference will celebrate the achievements of the Decade, identify lessons learnt and set the stage for the future of Education for Sustainable Development. It will also showcase initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that the Decade has stimulated. Such examples from all over the world will help to generate future action.