UNESCO ESD Newsletter - November 2019
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Meet the 2019 UNESCO-Japan Prize winners

This year, the UNESCO-Japan Prize is rewarding the Camphill Community Trust in Botswana, the Sustainable Amazon Foundation in Brazil, and the City of Hamburg in Germany.

Each of the three laureates will receive an award of US $50,000 during a ceremony taking place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 15 November.

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Youth & policymakers get together in New York to discuss education for climate action

On the margins of the UN Youth Climate Summit, UNESCO and the Government of Japan brought youth activists and policymakers together to discuss the importance of education in climate action.

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Building teachers' capacity in Southern Africa

Sustainability starts with teachers. This is the moto of the UNESCO Capacity Building Programme for Teachers on Education for Sustainable Development, an initiative started in January 2019 and targeting teacher educators across 11 Southern African countries. Transformative, change-oriented learning is at the heart of this initiative, which includes innovations related to curriculum, pedagogy and whole-institution approaches.

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Developing sustainability skills for Guatemalan teachers

In Guatemala, the graduation project is an important part of youth’s secondary education. Their objective is to serve the community and contribute to solving problems that students have identified in their community or school. In 2019, the Guatemalan Ministry of Education proposed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the thematic basis of the graduation project. UNESCO organized a series of SDG-related workshops for teachers supervising graduation projects.

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Member States discuss UNESCO’s Report on Education for Sustainable Development

Member State and UN system representatives discussed ways towards the achievement of sustainable development, including the implementation of international commitments on climate change and agreements on financing for development, as well as efforts for advancing education for sustainable development worldwide.

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Be kind and carry on: The #VirtualGandhiMarch campaign

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is following Gandhi's footsteps to sensitise the youth about kindness and take a step closer to achieving world peace. The institute launched #VirtualGandhiMarch, a social media campaign inviting young people to share their stories of kindness.

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Japanese youth re-shape their future sustainably

A project set up in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, which destroyed large parts of the Tohoku region of northern Japan, aims to sustainably rebuild one town both mentally and physically.

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With innovation and creativity, schools in Lithuania are embracing sustainability

A simple but powerful kindergarten experiment in biodegradability is just one of the innovative ways schools in Lithuania are embracing sustainability.

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Learning cities: Drivers of inclusion and sustainability

Today, more than half of humanity - 3.5 billion people - live in cities, and 5 billion people are projected to live in urban areas by 2030. Many cities around the world are facing acute challenges in managing rapid urbanization, which has a severe impact ensuring quality education for all. Learning cities (link is external) enable people of all ages, and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to benefit from inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.

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It takes a village to raise a child

Sometimes, it's the old ways that foster innovation. Watch how the Japanese village of Omori is building a happier, more sustainable future for the next generation by keeping traditions alive. 


2019 Global Conference of Teacher Education for ESD

22-25 November, 2019 in Okayama, Japan

Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH)

10-12 December, 2019 in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India

TECH 2019 is seeking to highlight the role of digital technologies in enabling a shift from 'transmissive pedagogies’ to ‘transformative pedagogies’ to create more peaceful and sustainable societies.

Save the date: Launching ESD for 2030

2-4 June, 2020 in Berlin, Germany

UNESCO will gather 800 stakeholders from all regions of the world on 2-4 June 2020 in Berlin, Germany to launch its new Framework “Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs” (ESD for 2030).


ESD for SDGs: Resource bank for educators

From our partners: Teaching tools for Climate Education

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