The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will be held as a virtual conference from 17 to 19 May 2021. The conference is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with and generously supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as advisory partner.
In light of the pressing environmental issues the world is facing, the Conference will create momentum for the new framework ESD for 2030, which aims to build a more just and sustainable world through strengthening ESD to build education systems that support learners of all ages to be responsible and active contributors to more sustainable societies and a healthy planet.
What is ESD for 2030?
ESD for 2030 is a new framework on Education for Sustainable Development approved by the UNESCO General Conference at its 40th Session and acknowledged by the UN General Assembly at its 74th Session and a follow on to the Global Action Programme on ESD (2014-2019). ESD for 2030 places emphasis on education’s contribution to the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to reorient education and learning to contribute to sustainable development and to strengthen education and learning for all.
- Enhance awareness on sustainable development challenges, in particular the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity and other environmental challenges, and the crucial role of education as a key enabler for the successful achievement of the SDGs.
- Create momentum for the new global framework ESD for 2030 for the period of 2020-2030 and its roadmap for implementation, including:
- Ensure policy commitment to ESD through a Berlin Declaration which is expected to include a call for urgent action to accelerate sustainability and climate action through education;
- Foster stakeholder commitments to ESD for 2030, including country initiatives for ESD for 2030;
- Expand and reinforce partnerships and networking opportunities for ESD
English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic are the official languages at the conference. Simultaneous interpretation in these languages will be available for all plenary sessions. All concurrent sessions will be available in English and French and some in Arabic, German and Spanish.
Participants will include 2500 stakeholders from all regions of the world especially policy-makers working in education and other areas related to sustainable development; ESD practitioners, NGOs, experts and members of the development community and the private sector.
NOTE: UNESCO does not charge a fee for attendees. However, participation to the Conference is by invitation only.