TA3 European Secretariat, Hans Lehmann, EUC Syd Denmark participating in UNESCO event on Education for Sustainable Development

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TA3 European Secretariat, Hans Lehmann, EUC Syd Denmark participating in UNESCO event on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO is the lead agency for the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the official follow-up to the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014). One of the GAP’s five Priority Action Areas focuses on implementing sustainable solutions at the local level. This involves mobilizing local municipalities and communities, ensuring that they have sufficient capacities in ESD, strengthening learning opportunities for citizens in various settings, and promoting collaboration among local stakeholders in different sectors.

To build global momentum for mainstreaming ESD at the local level, UNESCO will organize workshops in all five UN regions between December 2016 and December 2017. UNESCO will invite twenty-five cities or municipalities, each represented by two people, to participate in each regional workshop. At these workshops, which aim to enhance cities’ knowledge on how to best integrate and implement ESD activities, participants will share ESD practices and policies in urban contexts.

Together with the deputy manager from Sønderborg, I participated in the conference. The participants discussed how Education and Learning can support development and secure a sustainable future for all.

This is one of 5 events, (one in each UNESCO region is planned). Photo of our group at the UNESCO UIL headquarters in Hamburg, Germany at the Chinese conference center (a gift from Hamburg’s partner city Shanghai). There are participants from 15 European countries and North America (Canada, USA)