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  • Lead-organizer: Georgia
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-8

Role of EESD in Transition to a Green Economy - from Tbilisi to Rio+20

Organizing partners

Government of Georgia - Leading Partner
UNESCO - Co-sponsor

Introduction

To address the challenges to sustainability and development the global community has undertaken a number of very important steps towards engaging education in its efforts for a healthier ecological, economic and social environment, the time span emerging from Tbilisi Declaration of 1977 and covering Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014. Rio + 20 and its outcomes should further enhance and refine global efforts in this regards. Education should continue to be employed to provide common awareness towards current and emerging challenges to sustainable development and ways for their mitigation and solution as well as knowledge, values and skills for green economies and societies.

The side event will be a multi-stakeholder forum involving international organizations, government and major group representatives as well as NGOs and private sector that will be held between 13th -18th June and discuss current and future perspective of education for sustainable development and greener societies.

Detailed programme

The side event will strive to promote profile of environmental education for sustainable development (EESD) and its role in transition to green economies and elaborate on the ideas how it can be further employed to promote new challenges to a greener world. The side event will:
a) take stock of about 4 decades of the developments in EESD;
b) elaborate on the existing challenges as well as success stories in this regard
c) discuss and plan for future efforts in strengthening international efforts towards increasing global EESD profile and results.
The event will be organized by Georgia in partnership with UNESCO and supported by UNEP. The key speakers to the side event will be:
? Ministry of Environment Protection, Georgia ? Giorgi Zedginidze, Deputy Minister
? UNESCO ? Alexander Leicht, chief of Education for Sustainable Development section;
? UNEP ? Jun Dusik, Acting Director;
? UNEP - Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director (to be confirmed)

The side event will be a multi-stakeholder forum involving international organizations, government and major group representatives as well as NGOs and private sector that will be held between 13th -18th June and discuss current and future perspective of education for sustainable development and greener societies.
To address the challenges to sustainability and development such as Food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss the global community has undertaken a number of very important steps towards engaging education in its efforts for a healthier ecological, economic and social environment, the time span emerging from Tbilisi Declaration of 1977 and covering Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014. Education has been recognized as an integral and instrumental to both development and sustainability and is always an undisputable part of recommendations set forth by a number of reports for global sustainable development beginning by Our Common Future. Education is an important instrument for empowering people of all ages to engage in creating a sustainable future, and for promoting development which is socially, culturally, economically and ecologically appropriate. Education can play an integral part in a transition to a green economy.
The global interest in Environmental Education (EE)/education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been growing through decades. The importance of Education was recognized in UNESCO Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Developed as well as developing countries have expressed their readiness to try to apply the EE/ESD declarations to their national policies, international instruments have been critical in building the regional, national capacities for ESD. Rio + 20 could become a platform/forum for facilitation of smooth transition to a green economy through strengthening environmental education on sustainable development. We have to start thinking about and planning beyond 2015. Rio + 20 and its outcomes should further enhance and refine global efforts in this regards. Education should continue to be employed to provide common awareness towards current and emerging challenges to sustainable development and ways for their mitigation and solution as well as knowledge, values and skills for green economies and societies.
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