African societies are among the most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters caused by climate change-induced hazards, such as droughts and floods. Responding to the challenges of climate change in Africa will involve many different sectors and approaches, according to the circumstances of each country. But one approach that will prove necessary in every region is in the realm of education.
Achieving sustainable development goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) requires equipping education systems and infrastructure with capacities to prepare for climate change and disaster risk reduction. It also requires strategic partnerships across geographic, knowledge and interdisciplinary boundaries to support learning.
The UNU Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) initiative, in partnership with other UN agencies, provides a useful global framework for enhancing collaborative partnerships on education for sustainable development (ESD). This offical side event at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) will highlight the role of ESD in building inclusive and resilient societies in Africa through strategic partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration in education and development planning.
This event will be organized by UNU-IAS in close collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF, as well as ESD experts from African RCEs and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
ESD is central to increasing the adaptation capacity of societies and nations in regard to climate change by enabling communities to make informed decisions. African RCEs and their partners are pooling together capacities, expertise, resources and education experiences to support governments in enhancing mitigation and adaptation to climate change. By sharing successful examples of current progress, this side event will explore the characteristics of learning systems that are required for developing sustainable development and ESD competencies in Africa, as well as actions required for development and support of such systems.
For more information on UNU activities in African countries, please visit the UNU Priority Africa web portal.
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1-1-1 Minato Mirai,Nishi-ku