Discussing climate change can be a challenge for some teachers. As a response, UNESCO is delivering a series of four-day training courses to help teachers discuss climate change in and outside the classroom. The most recent training session, held in the Dominican Republic, brought together 35 educators from 13 Central American and Caribbean countries, out of which several from...Read more

"New realities call for a new sense of responsibility on everyone’s part, a change in mindset and attitudes,” said Deputy UNESCO Director-General Getachew Engida in an address to 14 Japanese high school students who visited UNESCO end of March 2014.

The students were the winners of an essay contest of UNESCO Associated Schools in Japan on: "What...Read more

International Day of Friendship

30 July 2014

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

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World Population Day

11 July 2014

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

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What is Global Citizenship Education? Do we learn it in school? What difference can it make if it is a common feature of all education systems? How can it be implemented and scaled up?

The answers to these questions and others can be found in a new publication

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On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April 2014, the UNESCO ICT in Education Team released its first report on Mobile Reading.

Despite major advances...Read more

UNESCO World Conference on ESD

10 November 2014

The 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will mark the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014) and see the launch of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The conference will take place from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

Under the banner of “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future”, the Conference will celebrate the achievements of the Decade, identify lessons learnt while setting the stage for the future of ESD.

It will also showcase initiatives, key players, networks and ideas that the Decade has stimulated. Such examples from all over the world will help to generate future action under the Global Action Programme.


The objectives of the Conference are:

1. Celebrating a Decade of Action

2. Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All

3. Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development

4. Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014 


Ahead of the Conference, stakeholders can contribute resources and data via the website, which will enrich the final assessment report of the Decade. The report will be launched at the Conference.

Further information on the Conference can be found at its website, along with key UNESCO ESD publications, videos and ESD success stories from around the world:



UNESCO ASPnet International ESD Events

04 November 2014

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) International Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Events will take place from 4 to 8 November 2014 in Okayama, Japan. They will be made up of a welcome programme as well as a Platform for Students and a Platform for Teachers. Representatives from UNESCO Associated Schools will be invited to present and share their respective activities.

The ASPnet ESD Events are organized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT).

A National Conference on UNESCO ASPnet will be organized by MEXT back-to-back with the International ASPnet ESD Events, on 8 November in Okayama, Japan. Teacher participants of the International Events will be attending the Japan's National Conference.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity

21 May 2014

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Cultural diversity exerts strong influence on Education for Sustainable Development in that:

- ESD must always be locally relevant and culturally appropriate;

- Culture influences what the current generation chooses to teach the next generation, including what kind of knowledge, which skills, ethics, languages and worldviews are valued and fostered;

- ESD requires intercultural understanding if people are to live together sustainably and peacefully, tolerating and accepting differences among cultural and ethnic groups and learning from each other.

Promoting intercultural dialogue is one of the four priority themes of the ASPnet.





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