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The global perspective

COP12 decision reaffirms the importance of ESD in achieving biodiversity targets

The outcomes of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12), 6-17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, encourage countries to collaborate “with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other relevant actors to integrate issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into actions for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).”

The COP12 decision reinforces the message that there is scope for the inclusion of ESD in the implementation of all the 20 biodiversity targets for 2020, called the Aichi Biodiversity targets.  

Click here>> for more information on the COP12 decision and here>> for more information on the Aichi targets.
UNESCO World Conference on ESD

UNESCO ASPnet students and young ESD leaders to submit recommendations for the World Conference on ESD

UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) launched its International ESD Events in Okayama, Japan, on 4 November. The four-days of events included an exchange day with eight local school communities, an ASPnet Platform for Students, an ASPnet Platform for Teachers, and Japan’s National UNESCO ASPnet Conference.
Also, in Okayama, 52 young ESD leaders will come together on 7 November for the UNESCO ESD Youth Forum. Here they will discuss innovative approaches to ESD and ways to further promote young people’s contributions to ESD.
Recommendations from the ASPnet students and the young leaders will be passed on to the World Conference in Nagoya.
For more background information on the 52 youth leaders selected to take part in the Youth Conference click here >>
Draft Conference programme now available online

Click here >> to access the latest on Conference activities.
ESD partners

More than 650 policy-makers met in Okayama City to share experiences on community-based learning through ESD.

Okayama Municipal Government, the Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan, brought together over 650 policymakers and practitioners of community-based learning and education to share experiences and exchange opinions during the ‘Kominkan-CLC International Conference on ESD’ –  9 to 12 October 2014. This conference was co-organized with UNESCO.

The outcomes from this event will feed into a workshop entitled ‘Local Communities in Action: Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development’ at the upcoming World Conference on ESD, co-organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and Okayama City. For more information, click here >>
UNESCO in action

Three new booklets from ASPnet help students, parents and community members prepare for disaster situations

UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) has produced a new series of booklets for students, teachers and parents to better prepare them in the event of a disaster. Based on the latest research and best practice, the Stay Safe and Be Prepared series aims to:
  • link schools, families and communities through education and outreach activities
  • link disaster preparedness and responses as well as psychosocial support activities
  • emphasize experience-based and action-oriented learning.
To download pdf copies, click on the following links:
  1. Student's guide
  2. Teacher's guide
  3. Parent's guide
Bashkortostan: How a smart-school is working on ESD for the future

Click here>> to find out how School 39, Ufa, Bashkortostan, in the Russian Federation is catalysing students to make cross-cultural connections, share knowledge and learn for the future through innovative educational approaches and cutting-edge Information Communications Technology (ICT).
Leaders for change

Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO, calls for strong partnerships and leadership to scale up ESD action

We need to change the way we think and act. In a word, this change must start with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)”. 

To read the guest article from Qian Tang, ADG for Education, UNESCO, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – Sustainable Development Policy and Practice – click here >>
And finally …
Check out the Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY) taking place in Lima, Peru

Call for abstracts: 8th World Environmental Education Congress ‘PLANET & PEOPLE’, Gothenburg,
29 June
2 July 2015
Find out more about UNESCO involvement in ESD on Facebook.
ESD-related events
Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) Partnership Forum
Nagoya, Japan
8 November 2014

International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014
Nagoya, Japan
9 November 2014
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