International Forum: 'Finding Synergies and Building Bridges: Reorienting Education towards Sustainable Development, Sustainable Consumption and Global Citizenship'

When, local time: 
Friday, 20 March 2015 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
Where: 
Costa Rica, San José
Type of Event: 
Interagency meeting
Contact: 
p.alvarez@unesco.org

Over the past few years several interrelated United Nations education initiatives have emerged that deserve special attention and collaboration given their importance and potential. These Initiatives demonstrate that there is a clear movement towards investing in education as a means to achieving global sustainability objectives.
This event will look at the following educational initiatives to clarify concepts, highlight their importance, and identify common underlying values, synergies, and possible areas of collaboration. It will offer a platform to identify how the Earth Charter can further contribute to the process of values clarification and as an integrated ethical framework for these initiatives:
- Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
- Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC)
- Education for Global Citizenship (EGC)

All of these initiatives are working towards complementary goals, which can easily be seen through an ethical lens. The values underlying these initiatives are values that can be identified and clarified through the employment of the Earth Charter, which represents a consensus set of values for the formation of the sustainable future that these programmes are attempting to move human societies towards. The Earth Charter can serve a unifying function by illuminating the common ethical objectives of these programmes and fostering a dialogue that would serve to highlight opportunities for synergy, collaboration, and mutual support.
This one-day conference will bring together leaders from these respective international programmes, expert systems thinkers, policy and programme implementation experts at the national level, and high-level participants in global framework development and implementation.
This event is part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter. Every session will involve sharing from panel speakers followed by discussion with questions and answers.
Conference objectives:
1. Offer a space of dialogue to learn about different global initiatives to foster education for: sustainable development, global citizenship, and sustainable consumption
2. Identify challenges, opportunities and common underlying values that drive these efforts
3. Share strategies and practices for creating and implementing education policies at the national level
4. Generate inputs for the emerging Framework for Action on Education post-2015 as a contribution to the next World Education Forum to be celebrated in South Korea.
5. Contribute to the 10 YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Program.
6. Reflect on the importance of the Earth Charter as a common ethical framework to both guide all of these initiatives and highlight commonalities and potential synergies
7. Reinforce and expand partnerships and networking opportunities with institutions working on these education movements.