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.

Timeline


Exhibitions:

Guidelines
Application form

Poster exhibitions:
Guidelines
Application form

Application deadline: 31 July 2014


Side events:

Guidelines
Application form

Application deadline: 31 July 2014

Sending of conference invitations


Member States: May 2014

Other participants: June-August 2014 

Programme

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Plenary sessions

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.   

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Workshops

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. Educating for sustainable development and global citizenship

Cluster III: Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development

will discuss ESD as a critical lever for advancing policies and practices in:

1. Water and sanitation
2. Oceans
3. Energy
4. Health
5. Agriculture and food security
6. Biodiversity
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

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Side events

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. Application deadline: 31 July 2014

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