In the context of the Commission on Sustainable Development 18th session, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies presents – in cooperation with UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UN HABITAT – this side event. Its objective is to highlight the critical role of education in promoting sustainable consumption and production as well as associated challenges and opportunities for action from the perspectives of different stakeholders.
Development of more sustainable consumption and production (SCP) systems requires the participation of various stakeholders dealing with policies, innovations, human and institutional actions. In this event, business, civil society organizations, government, IHEs as well as other representatives from critical partners of UN agencies will present their perspectives on the potential of educational processes to contribute to the furthering of SCP systems.
UN agency members of the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) will provide an overview of UN initiatives within the framework of DESD and engage the different stakeholders in a discussion that will address three issues: 1) role of education and learning in development of SCP; 2) challenges and opportunities to create learning systems for SCP and 3) strategies, tools and good practice in the area of education and SCP. This will be followed by short contributions from representatives of diverse stakeholders groups: IHE, youth, local government, civil society and businesses. In the final stages, a concluding discussion will focus on potential for scaling up good practices through partnerships and engagement with UN agencies.
ECOSOC Conference Room, The North Lawn Building (first floor), UN Headquarters, NY