Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) supports efforts to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to contribute to a more inclusive, just, peaceful and sustainable world. In its Resolution 72/222 in 2017, the UN General Assembly recognized ESD as 'an integral element of the SDG on quality education and a key enabler of all the other SDGs' and reaffirmed UNESCO’s role as the lead agency on ESD.
To enhance the global efforts on ESD, the new framework 'Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs' (ESD for 2030) was approved by the 40th UNESCO General Conference and acknowledged by the 74th UN General Assembly in its Resolution 74/233. The new framework ESD for 2030 (2020-2030) builds on the Global Action Programme on ESD (2015 – 2019), which followed the UN Decade on ESD (2005-2014), and focuses on streamlining ESD within the 2030 Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within the next ten years.
UNESCO has developed a Roadmap which provides guidance for Member States and other stakeholders for the implementation of ESD for 2030. With the postponement of the UNESCO World Conference on ESD from June 2020 to May 2021 due to the pandemic, UNESCO is organizing regional online launch events of the ESD for 2030 roadmap for implementation.
• Opening remarks
• Introduction of the new ESD for 2030 framework and the Roadmap for implementation
• Panel discussion: ESD for 2030 – ongoing efforts, key challenges and opportunities in the region
• Closing remarks
*Link to the Roadmap will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event.