From Knowing to Doing: Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Action

When :

from Friday 15 November, 2019
to Friday 15 November, 2019

Type of event :

Prize-giving ceremony

Where :

UNESCO HQ - Room/Salle II, Room II, 7 place Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

The first half of the event is dedicated to the awarding of the three winners of the 2019 UNESCO-Japan Prize: a community trust from Botswana, a foundation in Brazil and a city in Germany. All three winning projects are empowering learners, including youth, to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to act upon sustainability challenges such as climate change. Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It aims to honour and showcase outstanding ESD projects and programmes in support of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Within the context of the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change and UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, the second half of this event aims to recognize youth and young scientists not just as beneficiaries but also as essential actors in finding solutions for climate change and climate change advocacy. Youth are often just as active and organized locally and globally within their networks as experts. However, sometimes they face challenges connecting with global policy and decision-making processes. Therefore, UNESCO supports the mobilization of youth for climate action and the organization of intergenerational dialogue between youth and decision makers that recognizes youth as knowledge-holders (including indigenous knowledge) and innovators who provide solutions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event will discuss the role of education and youth empowerment in climate action, and showcase some good practices of how young people are already active for the climate around the world, both inside and outside the classroom. It will include examples from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and winners of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD.