More than 60 organizations have committed to coordinating the over 30 Conference workshops, 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
    Rhodes University and
    National Institute for Educational Policy Research - Japan
  2. ESD policy
    The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (for SADC-REEP) and 
    Ministry of Education and Training Viet Nam
  3. Contribution of ESD in meeting the internationally-agreed development goals
    Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development and
    Global Campaign for Education
  4. Development of local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks for ESD
    United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and
    Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
  5. Innovative teaching and learning approaches to ESD
    UNESCO Chair in Social Learning and Sustainable Development, University of Wageningen,
    University of Gothenburg and
    Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, University of Peace
  6. Mobilizing partnerships for ESD
    Boubyan Bank and
    Amana-Key Group
  7. Monitoring and evaluation of the DESD and ESD
    ESD Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group,
    UN Economic Commission for Europe and
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

    Cluster Advisors: Gerhard de Haan and Dorcas Otieno

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
    World Organization for Early Childhood Education and
    Association for the Development of Education in Africa
  2. Primary and secondary education
    Ministry of Education, Chile and
    Swaziland Environment Authority
  3. Higher education and research
    International Association of Universities and
    Rio+20 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative/United Nations Environment Programme
  4. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)/ Green skills
    UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET/ Interagency Working Group on TVET and
    Mauritius Institute of Training and Development
  5. Teacher education
    Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding and
    Education International and
    International Network of Teacher Education Institutions
  6. Non-formal and community learning
    UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and
    Okayama City (organizer of Kominkan CLC International Conference on ESD in Oct 2014) 
  7. Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
    Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development and
    UNESCO Chair “Education, training and research for sustainable development”, University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3
  8. Innovative learning spaces and opportunities for ESD
    International Network for Research in Arts Education and
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  9. Educating for sustainable development and global citizenship
    Paulo Freire Institute, University of California; Instituto Paulo Freire, Brasil and
    North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

    Cluster advisors: Charles Hopkins and Rachel Trajber

Cluster III: Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development

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

  1. Water and sanitation
    UNESCO International Hydrological Programme and
    UNESCO Chair, Water, Women & Decision Power, Al Akhawayn University  
  2. Oceans
    Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and
    World Ocean Network
  3. Energy
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and
    Emirates Environmental Group
  4. Health
    World Health Organization and
    FHI 360
  5. Agriculture and food security
    Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development for Sekem and
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  6. Biodiversity
    International Union for Conservation of Nature and
    UN Convention on Biological Diversity
  7. Climate change
    National Council on Climate Change of the Dominican Republic and
    UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness (Secretariat: UNFCCC)
  8. Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
    Brazilian Center for Monitoring and Alerts for Natural Disasters and
    Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil and
    Global Alliance for DRR Knowledge and Education (The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)
  9. Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)
    United Nations Environment Programme and
    Makhzoumi Foundation
  10. Green economy in the context of poverty eradication
    Asian Development Bank and
    University of South Africa 
  11. Sustainable cities and human settlements
    UN HABITAT and
    Ministry of Environment, Mexico City

    Cluster advisors: Kartikeya Sarabhai and Pascal Houenou

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
    UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development University of Lüneburg and
    The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP)
  2. Integrating ESD in policy at different levels
    Council of Ministers of Education Canada and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Centre for Environment Education, India and
    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  4. Role of local initiatives in advancing ESD
    German National Commission for UNESCO and
    RCE Chubu (Chubu University) for Aichi-Nagoya
  5. Whole-institution approaches to ESD
    Foundation for Environmental Education and
    The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
  6. Catalyzing support for ESD
    New Vision Education project/World Economic Forum and
    Global Partnership for Education
  7. Monitoring and reporting frameworks of ESD beyond 2014
    International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and
    Institute of Politics and Governance, Tallinn University

    Cluster advisors: Michel Ricard and Sally Asker
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