Report from UNESCOs World Conference in Nagoya, Japan

This week a global conference was held in Nagoya, Japan, to mark the end of UNs Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD 2005-2014) and to introduce the new Global Action Programme, a global strategy to accelerate and intensify the work on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) world wide. Sophie Nordström from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) reports from Japan:

Today November 12th at 5pm local time the UNESCO World Conference on ESD  closed. Never before in UNs history have as many ministers of education gathered to discuss policy and implementation of ESD. The picture below shows a few of the members of the Swedish delegation:

Svenska delegationen Unescos världskonferens 10-13 nov 2014

From left to right: Lisa Svensson, Lars Nordahl, Gunilla Blomqvist, Mats Djurberg, Sophie Nordström, Eva Friman, Carl Lindberg, Per Magnusson and Stellan A. Hyving.

The Swedish delegation members were happy after three days of meetings, workshops, presentations and discussions about the urgency to implement ESD. During the closing ceremony promises were made by participants from different countries as they took on concrete commitments on carry the tasks  through.

Sophie Nordström from the SSNC was particularily pleased with Sweden’s commitment to ensure an extension of the decade. The Swedish Government accepts and supports the draft document for the Global Action Programme on ESD.

Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development closed the conference. Charles was also seen last week at the SSNC Conference on Future’s School where he gave an introduction speech on ESD.

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 Charles Hopkins from UNESCO.

The Swedish delegation’s members were:

Aida Hadzialic, High school and education initiative minister, Ministry of Education (Head of the delegation)

Mats Djurberg, Secretary General of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

Carl Lindberg, special adviser of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

Eva Friman, SWEDESD

Gunilla Blomquist, Ministry of the Environment

Gunilla Elsässer, WWF Sweden

Lars Nordahl, The Global School (Swedish Council for Higher Education)

Leif Östman, Uppsala University

Per Magnusson, Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

Sophie Nordström, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

Stellan Arvidsson Hyving, Sida

Lisa Emelia Svensson, Ministry of the Environment

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  1. In Swedish highschools it is mandatory, no matter what the program is, to have the course Naturkunskap, (or Biology) one course that includes Ecology and Sustainable development. Many other courses are supposed to have Sustainable development in focus. What other countries in the World have such regulations at High School level? And is this discussed at COP20 in Lima?

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