Significance and Objectives
Why is the 2014 World Conference so important?
The 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) represents a turning point for ESD.
To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. A fundamental change is necessary in the way people think and act. The international community has long recognized that education is crucial for bringing about this change.
ESD allows learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues such as climate change and poverty reduction in teaching and learning. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that empower learners to take action for sustainable development.
The 2014 World Conference pursues the following four objectives: