Moving towards sustainable development in Africa cannot be achieved by political agreements, financial incentives or technological solutions alone. Sustainable development requires changes in how we think and act. This is where Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can play a crucial role. More and more governments have started investing in ESD as a strategy to build sustainable and resilient societies.
As part of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), the ESD Initiative at UNU-IAS, in close collaboration with UNESCO and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, will organize a side event on “Education for Sustainable Development: A Sound Investment to Accelerate African Development”.
ESD empowers everyone to make informed decisions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. In the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want”, governments agreed “to promote education for sustainable development and to integrate sustainable development more actively into education beyond the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”.
This side event will reinforce ESD as a sound investment in education — one that promotes the quality and relevance of education to impact the lives, livelihoods and dignity of African people today and tomorrow.
For more information on UNU activities in African countries, please visit the UNU Priority Africa web portal.
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220-0012, Japan
6F, International Organizations Center
1-1-1 Minato Mirai,Nishi-ku