The 2014 ESD World Conference will take place at the Nagoya Congress Centre in the city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Aichi-Nagoya is situated in the Chubu region, in the centre of Honshu, the main island of Japan. With 7.4 million inhabitants, Chubu is Japan’s third-largest metropolitan region. 2.2 million people alone live in Nagoya city.
Having hosted the Expo Aichi Japan in 2005, under the theme of “Nature’s Wisdom” and the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in 2010, the city has committed to numerous projects in view of becoming an Eco Capital.
For example, Japan’s largest stopover site for migratory birds, the Fujimae Tidal Flat, located near the Nagoya Port, was registered in the Ramsar Convention protecting Wetlands of international importance in 2002. In order to protect the Tidal Flat, Nagoya City declared a state of ‘garbage emergency’ in 1999. Since then, business and government work together on recycling projects which have doubled the amount of sorted garbage, as a result decreasing total garbage by 40% and the amount of reclaimed land by 80%.
Aichi-Nagoya, in collaboration with the Aichi University of Education, is working to increase the number of UNESCO Associated Schools. The Aichi prefecture has included ESD into its basic plan for promoting education. Furthermore, the Chubu Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on ESD actively promotes ESD within the region.