Forming an integral part of the conference programme, a series of exhibits provided a platform for knowledge and experience sharing on ESD.
Exhibits, from around the world, showcased a wide variety of innovative practices and policy approaches to stimulate new ideas and new thinking around ESD.

In the Atrium

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    A selection of publications illustrating the importance of integrating ESD into all settings and types of education
  • Japan
    Information on Japan and its engagement with ESD, descriptions of thematic programmes and projects implemented in the country.

25 ESD Project Exhibition

25 successful ESD projects from around the world were selected to present their work in the Atrium throughout the Conference:


  • Faith-based education for sustainable development, Kenya
    This project focuses on building capacity of schools, faith groups, government and civil society groups and organizations to integrate religious wisdom into ESD, through formal and non-formal education.
  • Learning and living for a sustainable future (NaDEET), Namibia
    At the NaDEET Centre, children and adult participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment. They learn not just by seeing and hearing, but by doing and living.
  • Éducation environnementale et pépinière municipale de Dakar, Senegal
    This project provides training in nursery techniques and micro gardening to unemployed youth and women in the neighbourhood, to grow plants with which to green the city. Pedagogical visits and activities are organized for school children.
  • SADC REEP training courses, South Africa
    The programme intends to enhance the learning experience of learners, contextualize and situate learning, connecting the experiences of learners with curriculum demands, while at the same time connecting the local with the regional and global.
  • University of Swaziland: a whole-university approach, Swaziland
    This project shows how the University of Swaziland implemented ESD, informed by the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) initiative.

Arab States

  • Queen Rania teacher academy ESD training network, Jordan
    This initiative focuses on capacity building for teachers in Jordan and the Arab region in ESD teaching and learning approaches. It aims to promote the quality of educational programmes and reorient classroom teaching to address ESD.
  • ESD educational and training activities, Lebanon
    Five educational packages/learning activities have been designed for use in classrooms by teachers and students in a collaborative environment, and cover the three ESD dimensions: environment, economy and social. The activities reflect a strong desire to help enable citizens to reach self-sustainability and independence, emphasizing  the importance of environmental preservation and encouraging the quest for education.
  • Environnement et développement durable Maroc, Morocco
    The programme seeks to disseminate sustainable development concepts to students, parents and communities, to build capacities of teachers and educators, as well as create a network of environmental clubs.
  • Programme enviromobile, Tunisia
    The project consists of a mobile learning unit (in a bus), accompanied by a media and advocacy campaign. It mobilizes students, teachers, parents, local municipalities and NGOs to learn about sustainable development and environmental conservation.
  • Eco-Schools UAE and Be’ati Watani, United Arab Emirates
    The Eco-Schools programme aims to raise students’ awareness on sustainable development issues through classroom study as well as school and community action. Be'ati Watani is an online bilingual environmental education resource.

Asia and the Pacific

  • ESD Experimental Schools, China
    The project focuses on learning more about energy-saving, emission-reduction and sustainable development issues, and to facilitate setting up of exemplary schools in terms of energy-saving and emission-reduction.
  • Handprint: action towards sustainability, India
    Handprint is a symbol of – or measure for – and commitment to positive action towards sustainability. It is a measure of what we can do individually and together to restore the balance between consumption and the planet's support capacity.
  • Green schools action project, Indonesia
    The programme promotes Climate Change Education. It aims to give educators and students ownership of the issues that need resolution and a sense of empowerment over the environmental challenges they face.
  • ASPnet in Japan promoting ESD, Japan
    The focus on ESD by each UNESCO Associated School varies depending on the surrounding conditions and students’ interests, such as environment, multi-cultural understanding, local development, health, energy, peace, human rights, etc.
  • Climate change education for teachers, Kiribati
    The project seeks to build capacities in the education system with the education resource Learning about climate change the Pacific way, and to develop teacher professional development on climate change education.

Europe and North America

  • Green pack, Central and Eastern Europe
    This project includes the development and implementation of an innovative multimedia educational kit for students and teachers. Based on its initial success, the Green Pack has been introduced in 18 countries in Europe and Asia.
  • ESD in Germany, Germany
    A number of bodies were set up to implement the Decade and facilitate the exchange between all stakeholders involved in ESD in Germany, creating a platform of discussion and mutual learning, as well as an ESD award scheme.
  • GroenGelinkt – ICT platform for ESD, the Netherlands
    This Dutch ICT platform enables children, teachers, educators, parents, and child caregivers to enjoy nature and learn about sustainability. It aims to improve access to activities and teaching materials in formal and non-formal ESD.
  • Basque country school agenda 21, Spain
    Based on the participation of the school community (teachers, students, families and non-teaching staff), this programme is developed in relation to an environmental issue such as biodiversity, climate change, water, energy, consumption, or mobility.
  • Education for sustainability – WWF Sweden, Sweden
    The programme aims to stimulate the reorientation of education sectors and communities towards a focus on ESD, through WWF model communities in East Africa, Cameroon, Madagascar, India and Indonesia.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Colectivos Educadores/Municipio Educador Sustentable, Brazil
    This group of people brings with them the support of their institutions to a process of educational collective action in a given territory, helping share information on environmental education and the environmental challenges faced by all inhabitants.
  • Red Nacional de Jóvenes de Ambiente, Colombia
    The National Environment Youth Network develops activities of exchange and communication between young people and all stakeholders through information, participation and management for sustainable development processes.
  • Earth Charter, Costa Rica
    The Earth Charter is recognized as an important ethical framework for sustainable development (UNESCO 32C/Resolution 17). Many educators around the world use the Earth Charter as a way to bring ethics for sustainability to the classroom.
  • Proyecto del Mar Caribe Observando la Arena, Dominican Republic
    ‘Sandwatch’ is an educational process, through which students and members of the community can learn and work hand-in-hand, to critically evaluate the problems and conflicts facing the littoral environment and develop strategies for dealing with them.
  • Preserva HXQ. Sustainable community, Mexico
    This project seeks to sustain, restore and protect Huixquilucan Municipality´s natural resources. It promotes the vision of a more sustainable community through dialogue, education, public awareness and training activities.

In the Event Hall

Stakeholders and partners showcased ESD activities from around the world in the Event Hall throughout the Conference.

Member States, stakeholders and UN exhibitions

  • Asian Coalition for School Safety (ACSS)
    present publications and IEC materials on safe schools from ACSS members
  • Asia-Europe Foundation
    Present shared learning experiences on developing networks that help strengthen Asia-Europe relations.
  • Center for Environment Education (CEE), India
    showcase cutting-edge work in the areas of Environmental Education and ESD
  • China National Working Commission for ESD
    present 15 years of ESD achievements showing how ESD reinforces quality education in China
  • Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi
    raise awareness of the impacts of environmental messages on school communities through the Sustainable Schools Initiative
  • Huixquilucan Municipality, Mexico
    promote the vision of a more sustainable community through education, public awareness and training activities
  • India
    showcase key initiatives of India in formal education and of education in core sustainable development sectors
  • Indonesia
    share experiences and lesson learned, ongoing programmes, future orientation and policies related to ESD
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    present the Development of Low Carbon Society Scenarios for Asian Regions in Malaysia research project
  • Malawi
    introduce the Malawian Folktales Project as a multisectoral approach to enhance early childhood development and ESD
    present the Inclusive Wealth Index, measuring countries’ wealth in terms of progress, well-being and long-term sustainability
  • Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (RECCEE)
    showcase key ESD efforts to integrate SD principles into practice on governmental and business levels
  • Salon Films
    viewing area created by UNESCO’s Sector for External Relations and Salon Films for short videos on ESD from the UNESCO-Salon youth video competition.
  • Saudi Arabia
    present ESD actions, efforts and challenges encountered in Saudi Arabia
  • Sustainability Victoria, Australia
    display successful outcomes of ESD in community projects and formal education programmes
  • UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
    showcase the work of the Alliance on climate change education and public awareness.
  • UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
    display sourcebooks on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) and EST (Environmentally Sustainable Transport)
  • UNEP - 10YFP
    exhibit youth activities conducted under its 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
    exhibit publications on Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD, Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) and the ESD in Africa project
  • WFP (Tokyo liaison office)
    introduce its School Feeding Programme for Sustainable Development

Tangible Earth

Interactive digital globes dynamically presenting various aspects of the Earth

Aichi-Nagoya Hospitality and Exhibition

Exhibits of local ESD initiatives, local tradition and culture, Japanese tea

On 2nd floor of Building 1 above the Atrium

  • Panasonic Eco Picture Diary Global Contest 2014
    Children, from 6 to 15 years old, introduce their own environmental conservation activities through a picture diary.
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