Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): A Sound Investment to Accelerate African Development
United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
As Lead Agency of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), UNESCO is organizing a side event on Education for Sustainable Development at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V). Moving towards sustainable development in Africa cannot be achieved by political agreements, financial incentives or technological solutions alone. Sustainable development requires changes in how we think and act. This is where Education for Sustainable Development has a crucial role to play. More and more governments have started investing in Education for Sustainable Development as a strategy to build sustainable and resilient societies.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers everyone to make informed decisions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. In the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want”, governments agreed “to promote education for sustainable development and to integrate sustainable development more actively into education beyond the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (paragraph 233). The UNESCO World Conference on ESD to be held in Japan next year will showcase the good practices in this field and launch future work in ESD.
This side event will reinforce ESD as a sound investment in education. ESD promotes the quality and relevance of education to impact the lives, livelihoods and dignity of African people today and tomorrow.
|Type of Event||Category 7-Seminar and Workshop|
|Start||01.06.2013 18:30 local time|
|End||01.06.2013 19:40 local time|
|Date to be fixed||0|
|Focal point||Mochizuki, Yoko|
|Organizer||Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO|
|Venue||Pacific Yokohama Annex Hall|
|Street||1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku|
|Permanent Delegation Contact|
|Language of Event||English|
|Estimated number of participants||200|
|Link 1||Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) website|