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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - FAQ

General information


Practical information




General information

What is the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)?

The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a global conference gathering decision makers and professionals form the world’s Education and Sustainable Development communities. It will launch the programme on ESD for the upcoming decade from 2020-2030 and seeks to raise global awareness on sustainable development challenges and the crucial role of ESD as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs; the Conference aims to:

  • Adopt the Berlin Declaration which will include a call for urgent action and commitments from the participants of the conference;
  • Foster stakeholder commitments to the new framework ESD for 2030, including country initiatives for ESD for 2030;
  • Expand and reinforce partnerships and networking opportunities for ESD.

Who is organizing the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development?

The conference is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with and generously supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as advisory partner.

What is ESD for 2030?

ESD for 2030 is a new framework, was approved by the UNESCO General Conference at its 40th Session, and acknowledged by the UN General Assembly at its 74th Session. It is following the Global Action Programme on ESD (2014-2019). ESD for 2030 places emphasis on education’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. It aims to reorient education and learning to contribute to sustainable development and to strengthen education and learning in all. The Conference will be a place to officially launch this new framework.

Where and when does the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development take place?

The conference will take place in Berlin from 2 - 4 June 2020 in Berlin Congress Center. Find more information about the venue.

What are the official languages at the Conference?

Arabic, English, French, German, and Spanish, are the official languages at the Conference. Simultaneous interpretation in these languages will be available for all plenary sessions and some of the concurrent sessions.

Where can I find the conference programme?

Information regarding the time and title of sessions is available here

What is the hashtag for the Conference?

Join the conversation using #ESDfor2030.


Participation / Registration

Who can participate in the Conference?

800 stakeholders from all regions of the world especially policy-makers working in education and other areas related to sustainable development; ESD practitioners, NGOs, experts and members of the development community and the private sector will also participate.

All UNESCO Member States will be invited (Only participants who have received a personalised invitation can participate in the Conference.

How can I participate in the Conference?

The Conference is not a public meeting and by invitation only.

Member States’ governments have been invited to nominate three participants and were encouraged to include diverse stakeholders from the active ESD community in their coutnries. Please consult your Ministry of Education for further information on your country’s delegation. Member States can submit their nominations by 20 March.

Unfortunately, the deadline for the Call for Proposals for booth and workshop concepts is already over.

Can I participate remotely? Will the sessions of the conference be livestreamed?

Some of the sessions will be live streamed. Find all information (times, session titles) on the Conference website in due course. Please join the conversation online.

How do I know if my proposal was selected or rejected?

All applicants who submitted a proposal will be informed about the result of their application by 10 March 2020.

I am a government representative of a UNESCO Member State. How can we send a delegation to the conference?

Every UNESCO Member State was invited to nominate a delegation of three participants. An official invitation was sent to all country delegations. UNESCO encourages Member States to select a diverse group of delegates, including policy maker representatives, as well as representatives of civil society, research, youth, and other organisations.


Practical information for attendance

Do I have to pay a fee to attend the Conference?

UNESCO does not charge a fee for attendees. However, participation to the Conference is by invitation only.

Can I receive funding for my travel costs?

UNESCO can only support the travel costs for some Member State delegations, as well as those of a few applicants from Least Developed Countries. Requests for funding could be submitted with proposals for the Call for Proposals. UNESCO does not accept any other funding requests.

Where can I find practical information about the logistics after I have been selected?

All registered participants will receive an information note with practical information about the logistical arrangements of the conference, including accommodation and transportation, as a part of the registration process.

When and where does the conference registration take place?

For nominated/selected participants,  registration starts on Monday, 1 June at the hotels Park Inn, Motel One and H2/H4 Hotels (detailed information will follow soon). You can also register on the morning of the first day of the Conference.

Do I need a visa to attend the conference and how do I get one?

All participants are expected to obtain an entry visa to Germany at the relevant Embassy or Consulate. Personalized invitation letters will be sent to all participants for this purpose.

Visa requirements depend on your citizenship. Please consult the information provided by the German Foreign Office.

Check the table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany.

Visa applications must be submitted, together with all necessary documents, in person at the German mission responsible for the place of residence of the applicant. In order to avoid time‑consuming requests for additional information or documentation, applicants should consult the website of the respective mission well in advance of their departure date to find out about the visa procedure and about the documentation which has to be submitted.

The invitation letter addressed to the individual participants will serve as the official document for the visa process.

Please apply for visa well in advance of the Conference and make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the Conference.

What is the venue address?

The bcc is right in the center of Berlin. The location's excellent public transport connections ensure an easy arrival and minimized commuting times (location map).

How do I get to the venue with public transportation?

The following information will make your journey to and from the bcc quick and comfortable.


bcc Berlin Congress Center GmbH
Alexanderstr. 11
10178 Berlin

Travel by Public Transport

Station: Alexanderplatz
Regional Train                         RE 1, RE 2, RE 7, RB 14
U-Bahn (Metro)                        U2, U5, U8
S-Bahn (urban train)               S3, S5, S7, S9
Bus                                         TXL (Airport-Bus), M48, 100, 200, 248, N2, N5, N42, N65
Tram                                       M2, M4, M5, M6
Price for a one-way ticket: 3.30 EUR

Travel by Taxi

From Tegel Airport - Driving time: approx. 35-60 min - Price: approx. 30.00 EUR
From Schönefeld Airport - Driving time: approx. 35-60 min - Price: approx. 40.00 EUR

For further information please click here.

Is the conference accessible to persons with reduced mobility?

All rooms are accessible for persons with reduced mobility. For the arrangements of chairs, tables and pathways, the organizers kindly send an email so that the organizers can arrange all relevant and tailored support.

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