Sunday 9 November 2014

19.00 – 21.00

Westin Nagoya Castle

Welcome reception hosted by the Government of Japan

Monday 10 November 2014

09.15 – 12.00

Century Hall

09.15 – 10.25


Cultural prelude: Japanese traditional Kyogen performance of Sambaso (divine dance) by Mansai Nomura

Opening addresses:

  • - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • - His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan
  • - Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports,
  •   Science and Technology, Japan
  • - Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • - Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (video
  •   message)
  • - Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP and Under-Secretary
  •   General of the United Nations (video message)

Keynote speech:

  • - HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI
  •   Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, Morocco

10.25 – 11.20

Celebrating the UN Decade of ESD

Launch of the Final Report on the UN Decade of ESD:

  • - Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Panel discussion on “Achievements and challenges of the UN Decade of ESD"


  • - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • - Angelina Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, South Africa
  • - Susan Hopgood, President, Education International
  • - Tariq Al Olaimy, 3BL Associates, Bahrain1

    Cultural interlude: Violin performances "Jupiter" and "White Legend" together with Japanese classical instruments by Ikuko Kawai

11.20 – 12.00

Looking beyond the UN Decade of ESD

Ministerial statements:

  • - Madiha Ahmed Al-Shaibani, Minister of Education, Oman
  • - Jacob T. Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, Science
  •   and Technology, Kenya
  • - Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister for Education, Bangladesh
  • - Magele Mauiliu Magele, Minister of Education, Sports and Culture,
  •   Samoa
  • - Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, Vice-Minister of Education  and Research,


Overview of the agenda of the conference:

  • - Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, Division for Teaching, Learning and
  •   Content, UNESCO

Moderator of the Opening Plenary: Stephen Cole, International Broadcaster


12.00 – 14.00



12.15 – 13.45

Side events


14.00 – 16.00

Shirotori Hall

High-level Round Table

Co-chairs: Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

Introductory statements:

  • - Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin, Deputy Prime
  •   Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia
  • - Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education
  •   and Training, Sweden
  • - Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO

Interactive debate on “How to enhance policy support for Education for Sustainable Development?"

Moderator: Stephen Cole, International Broadcaster

A live broadcast will be available in the Century Hall


16.00 – 16.30

Tea/coffee break

Press conference


16.30 – 18.45

Workshop Cluster I:

Celebrating a decade of action

This workshop cluster will showcase successful and inspiring initiatives from the UN Decade of ESD.

  1. The concept of ESD: where we came from and where we’re heading
    Coordinators: Rhodes University, South Africa, and National Institute for Educational Policy Research, Japan (Room 224)
  2. Shaping the future we want: ESD and policy
    Coordinators: The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (for SADC-REEP) and the Ministry of Education and Training, Viet Nam (Room 222-223)
  3. Quality teaching and learning for a common future: how ESD contributes to global development goals
    Coordinators: Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Campaign for Education (Room 438)
  4. Learning across sectors and regions: upscaling and mainstreaming ESD through local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks  
    Coordinators: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Room 234)
  5. Ethics-based educational innovation for the great transition
    Coordinators: UNESCO Chair in Social Learning and Sustainable Development, University of Wageningen, Netherlands, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, University of Peace, Costa Rica (International Conference Room)
  6. Principles for effective ESD partnerships between the private and the public sectors
    Coordinators: Boubyan Bank, Kuwait, and Amana-Key Group, Brazil (Room 232)
  7. How monitoring and evaluation can drive change in ESD
    Coordinators: DESD Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group, UN Economic Commission for Europe, and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan (Room 221)


19.00 – 21.00


Welcome reception hosted by the Aichi-Nagoya Committee for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD


Tuesday 11 November 2014

09.00 – 10.30

Shirotori Hall

Second Plenary:

ESD 2030 – What will it look like?

Panel discussion with:

  • - Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, Ghana
  • - Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Education
  • - Lesley Jones, Vice President, Foundation for Environmental Education
      (FEE), D
  • - Juan Diaz de la Torre, President, Mexican National Educational Workers
  •   Union
  • - Bernardo Nicolau Gonçalves, Brazil, Student from the UNESCO Associated
    Schools Project Network (ASPnet)2

Moderator: Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Anpez Centre for Environment and Development, Nigeria


10.30 – 11.00

Tea/coffee break


10.30 – 11.00

Youth press conference


11.00 – 13.15

Workshop Cluster II:

Reorienting education to build a better future for all

This workshop cluster will discuss ESD as an integral element of quality education.

  1. Developing ESD initiatives for Early Childhood Care and Education Coordinators: World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Room 221)
  2. Children as change makers: primary and secondary education
    Coordinators: Ministry of Education, Chile, and Swaziland Environment Authority (Room 224)
  3. Transforming the world into a better place through higher education and research
    Coordinators: International Association of Universities and Rio+20 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative/United Nations Environment Programme (International Conference Room)
  4. Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training: unlocking the potential for sustainable development
    Coordinators: UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET/ Interagency Working Group on TVET and Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (Room 231)
  5. Teacher education: ESD, contributing to quality education in a rapidly changing world
    Coordinators: Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, Education International and International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (Rooms 222-223)
  6. Local communities in action: lifelong learning for sustainable development
    Coordinators: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and Okayama City, Japan (Room 438)
  7. ICT: a transformative approach for ESD
    Coordinators: Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development, Sweden, and UNESCO Chair “Education, training and research for sustainable development”, University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, France (Room 233)
  8. World heritage and arts education: towards a culture sensitive ESD
    Coordinators: International Network for Research in Arts Education and UNESCO World Heritage Centre (Room 232) 
  9. Reviewing practical approaches to twenty-first century education: global citizenship, ecopedagogy and sustainable development
    Coordinators: Paulo Freire Institute, University of California, USA, Instituto Paulo Freire, Brazil, and North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (Room 234)


13.15 – 15.15



13.30 – 15.00

Side events


15.15 – 17.30

Workshop Cluster III:

Accelerating action for sustainable development

This workshop cluster will discuss ESD as a critical instrument for addressing specific sustainable development challenges.

  1. Water education and capacity building: a key for water security and sustainable development
    Coordinators: UNESCO International Hydrological Programme and UNESCO Chair, Water, Women & Decision Power, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco (Room 438)   
  2. One planet, one ocean: ESD and marine knowledge
    Coordinators: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and World Ocean Network (Room 231B)
  3. Renewable energy: self-sufficiency and ESD
    Coordinators: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Emirates Environmental Group (Room 211A)
  4. Schools and health: the micro-ecology of ESD
    Coordinators: World Health Organization and FHI 360 (Room 233)
  5. Formal, non-formal and informal education: implementing big and small projects in agriculture and food security
    Coordinators: Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development for Sekem, Egypt, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Room 221)
  6. ESD as a critical lever for advancing biodiversity policies and practices
    Coordinators: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Room 231)
  7. Championing education as the foundation for climate-resilient low-emission societies
    Coordinators: National Council on Climate Change of the Dominican Republic and UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness (Secretariat: UNFCCC) (International Conference Room)
  8. Education and building disaster resilient and sustainable communities
    Coordinators: Brazilian Center for Monitoring and Alerts for Natural Disasters, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil, and Global Alliance for DRR Knowledge and Resilience in the Education Sector (represented by UNISDR) (Room 232)
  9. Education for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ESCP): empowering and mobilizing youth
    Coordinators: United Nations Environment Programme and Makhzoumi Foundation, Lebanon (Rooms 222-223)
  10. Green economies: the role ESD has to play post-2014
    Coordinators: Asian Development Bank and University of South Africa (Room 224)
  11. Learning cities: capacity development in the new urban agenda
    Coordinators: UN HABITAT and Ministry of Environment, Mexico City (Room 234)


Wednesday 12 November 2014 

09.00 – 10.30

Shirotori Hall

Third Plenary:

Education: a game-changer for sustainable development?

Panel discussion with:

  • - Roza Otunbayeva, Former President of Kyrgyzstan
  • - Hinako Takahashi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of the
  •   Environment, Japan
  • - Hans van Ginkel, Former Rector of the United Nations University,
      Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on ESD
  • - Arab Hoballah, Chief, Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch,
  •   Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, UNEP


Moderator: Eva Friman, Director, Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD), Uppsala University, Sweden 



10.30 – 11.00

Tea/coffee break


11.00 – 13.15

Workshop Cluster IV:

Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014

This workshop cluster will address specific priorities and challenges of the implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD.

  1. Teaching, assessing and promoting 21st century competencies Coordinators: UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development, University of Lüneburg, Germany, and University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia, for The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) (International Conference Room)
  2. ESD in the post-2015 era: from policy to practice
    Coordinators: Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (Room 224)
  3. ESD and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Coordinators: Centre for Environment Education, India, and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Room 234)
  4. Local initiatives on ESD: driving action towards a sustainable future
    Coordinators: German National Commission for UNESCO and Aichi-Nagoya Committee for UNESCO World Conference on ESD, RCE Chubu (Chubu University), Japan (Rooms 222-223)
  5. Whole-institution approaches to ESD
    Coordinators: Foundation for Environmental Education, Denmark, and The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, Morocco (Room 232) 
  6. Catalyzing support for ESD
    Coordinators: New Vision Education project/World Economic Forum and Global Partnership for Education (Room 221)
  7. Monitoring and evaluation during the GAP: scope, quality and priorities
    Coordinators: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and Institute of Politics and Governance, Tallinn University, Estonia (Room 438)


13.15 – 15.15



13.30 – 15.00

Side events


15.15 – 17.00

Century Hall

15.15 15.45

Closing Plenary

Co-chairs: Hideki Niwa, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, and Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO  

Conclusions from the Conference

Presentation by the General Rapporteur

  • - Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, South Africa

Presentation and adoption of the Aichi-Nagoya declaration

15.45 – 16.35

Launch of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD

Presentation of GAP implementation

  • - Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • - Five stakeholders present GAP launch commitments

16.35 – 17.00


  • - Children's performance

Closing remarks

  • - Hideki Niwa, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science 
  •   and Technology, Japan
  • - Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Moderator of the Closing Plenary: Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, UNESCO


17.30 – 18.15

Press conference

1Selected from the participants of the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference, stakeholder meeting of the World Conference to be held in Okayama on November 7th.
2Selected from the participants of the UNESCO ASPnet International ESD events for students and teachers, stakeholder meetings of the World Conference to be held in Okayama on 5-7 November.