Programme & documents
The three-day conference will contain a high-level segment, plenary sessions, and a number of workshops.
At side events stakeholders will be able to present their ESD projects and programmes.
Exhibitions will showcase successful ESD projects from stakeholders and partners around the world.
Start of applications for exhibitions
Start of side event applications
Sending of conference invitations
The Conference will host four plenary sessions:
1. Celebrating a Decade of Action
The opening plenary aims at celebrating ESD successes and, in light of current global challenges, highlighting the urgent need for ESD. It will introduce participants to the Conference objectives.
2. Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All - ESD as an integral element of quality education
Plenary II aims at illustrating that quality education calls for integrating sustainability principles into education. It will make the case for ESD’s contribution to education for global citizenship
3. Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development - enhancing the sustainable development agenda through education
Plenary III will highlight ESD’s catalyst function for taking action on sustainability issues such as climate change, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity loss.
4. Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014
The closing plenary will draw conclusions from the Conference discussions for ESD work after the UN Decade in 2014.
More than 30 workshops are planned for the ESD World Conference, grouped under four clusters. [Workshop titles are preliminary]
Cluster I: Celebrating a Decade of Action
will showcase successful and inspiring initiatives in the following areas:
1. ESD concept
2. ESD policy
3. Contribution of ESD in meeting the internationally-agreed development goals
4. Development of local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks for ESD
5. Innovative teaching and learning approaches to ESD
6. Mobilizing partnerships for ESD
7. Monitoring and evaluation of the DESD and ESD
Cluster II: Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All
will discuss ESD as an integral element of quality education in the following areas:
1. Early childhood care and education
2. Primary and secondary education
3. Higher education and research
4. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)/ Green skills
5. Teacher education
6. Non-formal and community learning
7. Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
8. Innovative learning spaces and opportunities for ESD
9. ESD as a new vision of education
Cluster III: Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development
will discuss ESD as a critical lever for advancing policies and practices in:
1. Water and sanitation
5. Agriculture and food security
7. Climate change
8. Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
9. Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)
10. Green economy in the context of poverty eradication
11. Sustainable cities and human settlements
Cluster IV: Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014
will focus on articulating the post-2014 ESD framework in relation to:
1. Promoting holistic 21st-century competencies
2. Integrating ESD in policy at different levels
3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
4. Role of local initiatives in advancing ESD
5. Whole-institution approaches to ESD
6. Catalyzing support for ESD
7. Monitoring and reporting frameworks of ESD beyond 2014
The conference will feature possibilities for stakeholders and partners to organise side events. Side events provide the opportunity to present and discuss the importance and progress of ESD throughout the Decade.
The application process for side events opens in early 2014.
The application process for exhibitions for countries and stakeholders opens in spring 2014.