The 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) marked the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014) and saw the launch of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The conference took place from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.
The World Conference on ESD resulted in a declaration calling for urgent action to mainstream ESD and include ESD in the post-2015 development agenda. The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration called on all nations to implement the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) to move the ESD agenda forward.
More than 1,000 participants gathered for the three-day conference under the theme “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” Among them were 76 ministerial-level representatives of UNESCO Member States, NGOs, academia, the private sector and UN agencies, as well as individual experts and youth participants from 150 countries.
The GAP is the follow up to the UN Decade of ESD. It generates and scales up ESD actions in each of five priority areas; 1) Policy support; 2) Whole –institution approaches; 3) Educators; 4) Youth; and 5) Local communities. UNESCO called on stakeholders to make specific contributions to launch the GAP. Stakeholders from 80 countries responded with 363 commitments.
The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration was adopted unanimously at the Closing Plenary. It built on the achievements of the Decade and the deliberations of the Conference and the Stakeholder Meetings held in Okayama. The Declaration informed the deliberations of the World Education Forum, which took place from 19 to 22 May 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
The Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya was co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Japan.