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 16:30 local time
End 01.06.2013 17:40 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Mochizuki, Yoko
Organizer Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO
Country Japan
City Yokohama
Venue Pacific Yokohama Annex Hall
Street 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website
Link 1 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) website
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