Workshop Cluster III: Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development

This workshop cluster discussed ESD as a critical lever for advancing policies and practices in the following areas:
1. Water education and capacity building: key for water security and sustainable development

Coordinators: UNESCO International Hydrological Programme and UNESCO Chair, Water, Women & Decision Power, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco  

Freshwater is fundamental for life and development.  To a large extent, sustainable access to water depends on the human capacities to manage and govern this resource and on the acquisition of the values, knowledge and skills needed for water security. Water education and capacity building are essential for coping with the many challenges related to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), whether for access to drinking water and sanitation, food and energy security, or improved water sector governance.

This workshop will assess the current status of water education, including the progress achieved during the DESD, and to identify the way forward in the context of internationally agreed goals, the objectives of the 8th phase of the International Hydrological Programme, and the preparations for the post-2015 Development Agenda. The workshop will issue recommendations targeted at (a) tertiary education of water professionals, (b) training of water technicians, (c) water education in schools and (d) water education for decision-makers, communities, stakeholders and mass-media professionals.

Mr Rachid Belmokhtar, Minister of Education and Professional Training, Morocco

Resource person:
Ms Forzeya Al Mahmoud, Environmental Outreach, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates    Ms Aurelie Charpentier, Regional Representative, World Youth Parliament for Water, Canada
Mr Katsunori Suzuki, Professor, Environment Preservation Centre, Japan,

Chair/ facilitator:
Mr Miguel de França Doria, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Ms Asma El Kasmi, UNESCO Chairholder “Water Women and Decision Power、Morocco

Mr Jim Taylor, Director, Environmental Education, Mission Project Development, WESSA, South Africa

2. One planet, one ocean: ESD and marine knowledge

Coordinators: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and World Ocean Network

The world's oceans are crucial to sustainable development as they contribute to all aspects of our life on this planet. Most people still do not realise the importance of the oceans in their lives and the potential impact people can have on our oceans’ future health. We still need a better understanding of their role to take positive action.

To bridge this gap, ocean education programmes, e.g. Ocean Literacy Initiative, have been developed throughout different regions of the world following the initial inspiration of ESD. These programmes aim to: 1) Learn about and increase awareness of issues affecting the environment; 2) Reflect on our modes of living, shifting these towards sustainability; and 3) Empower people to take concrete actions.

The workshop will focus on issues affecting the world’s oceans, such as climate change, rising sea levels, the proposed sustainable development goal on oceans and will define initial actions to coordinate ocean education worldwide in support of international and national sustainable ocean policies.

Mr Peter Tuddenham, Executive Director and President, College of
Exploration,United States of America

Resource person:
Ms Alejandra Cornejo, Secretary, CeDePesca – Center For Development
And Sustainable Fisheries, Argentina
Mr Tsuyoshi Sasaaki, Professor, Tokyo university of Marine Science and
Technology, Japan
Mr Yutaka Michida Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
vice-chair, Professor, Center for International Collaboration, Atmosphere and
Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Ms Peter Pissierssens, Head, IOC Project Office for IODE
Mr Manuel Cira, Director,  World Ocean Network, France
Rapporteur    Ms Judy Mann, South African Association of Marine Biology Research, South Africa

3. Renewable energy: self-sufficiency and ESD

Coordinators: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Emirates Environmental Group

Whether produced by dams, natural resources or any other means, energy demands mostly result in negative impacts on the environment and to human wellbeing – in both urban and rural contexts. Good practices are available to protect the environment by means of education, with comprehensive programmes to support pre-university, university and professional education and to involve communities in engineering projects.

The workshop will be concerned with the development of education opportunities in the energy sector. The speakers will give their perspectives on renewable energy development to meet the aspirations of a sustainable society, and will reflect on the needs of developing educational systems to embed an understanding of sustainable energy development – with a clear focus on renewable energy.

Mr Hiroto Tamura, Professor, Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology,
Meijo University, Japan
Mr Hiroki Murakami, Deputy General Manager, Products Development
Center Corporate Research & Development, Japan
Mr Miroslav Begovic, President, IEEE Power & Energy Society, United States of America

Mr Toshio Fukuda, Director, IEEE Region 10, Japan
Ms Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group-UAE

Overall Chair/Facilitator:
Mr Tariq Durranti 2010-2011 IEEE Vice President & Professor, United

Ms Lena Neij, Director and Professor, UNESCO Chair in ESD, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden

4. Schools and health: the micro-ecology of ESD

Coordinators: World Health Organization and FHI 360

This workshop will draw on the experience and evidence from UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, Ministries of Health and of Education, and the health community and NGOs (e.g. Focusing Resources on Effective School Health-FRESH Initiative), to exchange experiences of policies and institutional arrangements that allow integrated strategies and approaches to the education-health nexus. Small group discussions will focus on the key issues of policy development and implementation to facilitate intersectoral collaboration for an integrated pedagogy to develop the health and environment skill set in teachers and learners.  

The workshop will introduce examples of successful practices and identify key challenges at the national and school levels. It will focus on experiences and explore pathways towards developing and implementing adequate policies and institutional arrangements that will facilitate the concrete actions needed to create the positive feedback loops on a sustainable basis, using the school space to leverage changes in water and sanitation, food and nutrition, environment, and other conditions to contribute to sustainable development.

Mr Horacio Alvarez Marinelli, Senior Education Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Colombia
Ms Yolanda de las Alas, Chair , Governing Board of SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines

Mr John Gillies, Director, FHI 360, United States of America
Mr Alexander von Hildebrand, Programme Manager Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WHO

Mr Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Research Coordinator, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

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

An environment conducive to equitably shared economic growth is essential to reducing poverty and enabling each and every person to have access to food. Economic progress in the agricultural sector is crucial to raising incomes of the poor, increasing food security and to creating decent employment opportunities in particular for young people.

As the majority of the world’s poor, illiterate and undernourished live in rural areas, it is a major challenge to ensure their access to quality education. The lack of learning opportunities is both a cause and an effect of rural poverty. Hence, education and training strategies need to be integrated within all aspects of sustainable rural development, through plans of action that are multisectoral and interdisciplinary.
This workshop will focus on the linkages between agriculture, food security and formal/non-formal/informal education in order to achieve sustainable rural development. Concrete examples of best practices and approaches from various countries will be showcased.

Mr Hani Sewilam, , Professor, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, American University in Cairo,Egypt
Mr Omar Ramzy, Director, Center of Excellence for ESD, Heliopolis University, Egypt

Mr Ibrahim Abouleish, Founder & Chair of the Board, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, Egypt

Ms Heidi Johnson, International Relations Officer, Young Masters Programme (YMP)

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

The importance of biodiversity for sustainable development is the basis of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010 and subsequently recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in the Rio+20 outcomes document, The Future We Want.

The workshop will explore how ESD can play a catalytic role in achieving priority targets in biodiversity as identified in intergovernmental processes. It will map good practices from different world regions and identify key challenges. It will consider tactics for the integration of education into biodiversity policy and practice and the reorientation of education systems and learning to respond to biodiversity challenges. The workshop is seeking to generate concrete action proposals for advancing this in the next 5 years and beyond.

Mr Jamie Agombar, National Union of Students, UK , Global Impact, United Kingdom

Resource person:
Ms Shailaja Ravindranath, Center for Environment Education,India
Ms Mita Nangia Goswami, Director- Environment Education, WWF-India

Ms Daniella Tilbury, Professor, IUCN CEC

WS Coordinator:
Mr Neil Pratt, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer, Secretariat of the, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Ingrid Mulà, COPERNICUS Alliance Coordinator, UK, Visiting Researcher, RCE Penang at University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

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)

The workshop will identify approaches and methodologies for promoting education as the foundation for long-term transformational change towards climate-resilient, low-emission societies. Workshop participants will develop specific ‘marketing’ recommendations to build the case for putting education at the centre of climate change mitigation and adaptation action targeting Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) priorities.

These recommendations will further be presented at the up-coming UNFCCC COP 20 (Lima, Peru) and COP 21 (Paris, France). Outcomes of the workshop will support policy-makers and civil society to advocate for the systematic integration of climate change education into international and national policies, intergovernmental cooperation agreements, national budgets, cross-sectoral programmes and action plans. Participants will be invited to present their GAP launch commitments building on the developed recommendations.

Mr Jamie Peters, Co-Director, United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition, United Kingdom

Mr Daniel Abreu, National Focal Point UN CC:Learn, National Council on Climate Change , Dominican Republic
Ms Alla Metelitsa, Team Leader, Capacity-building and Outreach unit, United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education (UNFCCC)

Mr Moritz Weigel, Associate Programme Officer, United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education (UNFCCC)

Mr Edgar Gonzalez-Gaudiano, Director, Institute for Educational Research;  UNESCO Chair in Citizenship, Education and Environmental Sustainability of Development, University of Veracruz, Mexico

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)

Future generations will live with growing climate-related threats and more recurrent and intense disasters. Women in particular play a critical role in managing the community’s resources, securing sustainable livelihood and protecting their family. Women, men, children and young people should be allowed access to an equitable and inclusive education to enhance their skills and ability to recognize and critically analyze their vulnerability and exposure to risks. Education is a major component of sustainable and safe schools processes and is crucial to allow young people to participate fully in the community’s life and decision-making process that will shape their future and contribute to a global culture of resilience and peace.

This workshop will explore how risk education could contribute more effectively to fostering mindsets and skillsets in support of more sustainable and resilient societies. It will feature good practices and country cases of disaster risk reduction education and innovative approaches in building disaster resilience. Concrete priorities and recommendations for action will be proposed for advancing ESD beyond 2015 and strengthening ESD in the upcoming Hyogo Framework of Action 2, on the basis of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) priorities.

Ms Christine M. Kenney, Senior  Research Fellow, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University , New Zealand

Ms Regina Célia Alvalá, Director,  Brazilian Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (CEMADEN), Brazil

Mr Overson Shumba, Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, The Copperbelt University, Zambia

9. Education for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ESCP): empowering and mobilizing youth

Coordinators: United Nations Environment Programme and Makhzoumi Foundation, Lebanon

The Rio+20 Conference reaffirmed that Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is one of the three overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development. The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources at all levels. Education plays a key role in facilitating the adoption of SCP patterns and more sustainable ways of living.

This workshop will share success stories on education and skills for SCP and lifestyles from around the world. Proposals for actions for implementing the 10YFP programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) will be developed, with a focus on youth.

Resource Person/Speaker:
Mr Elie Mekhael    Professor, Faculty of Education, Lebanese University (LU), Lebanon
Mr Luis Flores Mimica, Regional Policy and Campaign Officer [Latin America and the Carribeans], Consumers International, Chile
Mr Bernard Kihiyo, Executive Director, Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society
Mr Ahmad Qablan, Associate Professor in Science and Sustainability Education Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan

Resource Person:
Mr David Collste, 10 YFP Focal Point for Children & Youth Major Group for Children and Youth
Mr Robert Lwikolela, Country environmental education coordinator,  Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Tanzania

Ms Victoria Thoresen, Associate Professor of Education / Director,     Hedmark University College

Support to WS Facilitator:
Ms Sallama Namani, Program Manager, Makhzoumi Foundation, Lebanon

Workshop Coordinator:
Mr Arab Hoballah, Chief, Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch, UNEP
Ms May Makhzoumi, President, Makhzoumi Foundation, Lebanon

Support to WS coordinator:
Ms Fabienne Pierre, Acting coordinator of the YFP secretariat, UNEP

Ms Supriya Singh, Associate Fellow, Educating Youth For Sustainable Development Division, The Energy & Resources Institute, India

10. Green economies: the role ESD has to play post-2014

Coordinators: Asian Development Bank and University of South Africa

In an environment where poverty is endemic, world leaders are eager to minimise risks associated with green economy and enhance opportunities it brings. At the centre of green economy is a need to depart from the business as usual growth path that is resource intensive, leading to the depletion of natural and other resources. What risks and opportunities does the green economy bring? How do the poverty and jobs narratives fit? What is the place of education in addressing green economy issues?

This workshop focuses on discourses of green economy and its potential and evidence in creating jobs and movement towards poverty eradication in the context of and quest for sustainable development. The expected outcome is a set of actionable ideas to foster an informed and educated global citizenry that engages green economy to improve human wellbeing, knowing well that the one-size-fits-all will not work.

Mr Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy, Founder, Barefoot College, India
Ms Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, Secretary, Climate Change Commission, Republic of the Philippines

Mr Godwell Nhamo, Professor, Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change - University of South Africa, SouthAfrica
Ms Shanti Jagannathan, Senior Education Specialist, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

Ms Gisele Mankamte Yitamben, President, ASAFE (Association pour le Soutien et l’Appui à la Femme Entreprenneur)




11. Learning cities: capacity development in the new urban agenda

Coordinators: UN HABITAT and Ministry of Environment, Mexico City

The world is discussing the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) for 2015/16. The NUA aims at integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. This will only be possible if relevant and timely information, knowledge, tools and skills support the present generation to meet their needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own. As the world continues to rapidly urbanize, urban actors need the skills to deal with inequality, crime, environmental degradation and the new challenges of urbanization.

The workshop will address the question “How can cities learn?” and debate how this question and answers can be included in the New Urban Agenda.

Workshop Coordinator:
Ms Lilia Blades, Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat

Ms Tanya Müller García, Mexico City Minister of Environment, Mexico City, Ministry of Environment, Mexico
Ms Patricia Narvaez-Garcia, Mexico City Ministry of Environment, Mexico City, Ministry of Environment, Mexico

Mr Harold Glasser, Professor & Executive Director for Campus Sustainability, Michigan State University, United States of America

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