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Education for Sustainable Development Roundtable: Achieving Green Societies through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
20 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

UN Headquarters, New York

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014) has stimulated Member States around the world to integrate sustainability into all areas of education and learning. As the lead agency for the DESD, UNESCO supports the efforts of Member States and coordinates ESD efforts within the UN system.

The UN Inter-Agency Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development is a collaboration mechanism that brings together UN agencies to support the Decade. The IAC, focusing on the educational aspect of sustainable development, develops a common vision, principles, and values on ESD and promotes the DESD as a shared objective and agenda of the UN system.
Implementing Education for Sustainable Development is a multi-stakeholder, inter-sectoral endeavour, requiring high-level government support and political commitment to make it happen in all types, levels and settings of education and learning. Sowing the seeds of ESD we can advance the rights, health and well-being of current and future generations.


This roundtable discussion seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the role Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can and has to play in achieving sustainability in general and in transitioning to green economies and societies in particular. It aims to promote the integration of ESD in the Rio+20 Conference as well as in its outcomes.
In particular, it will explore through the experiences of different stakeholders:

?how ESD contributes to poverty eradication and the shift towards a green economy
?what priorities are needed to ensure that ESD is recognized as a key means of implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes
?the various challenges and opportunities for ESD in the Rio+20 context

Mr. Takao Kuramochi, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education (MEXT), Japan
Ms Gunilla Blomquist, Deputy Director, Division on Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

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