These regional consultation events are key processes in guaranteeing and planning meaningful follow-up activities beyond 2014, with the input of all of the world’s regions. The first regional meeting will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 3 and 4 April, 2013. Its goal will be to ensure that the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme framework for the post-2014 period is prepared in a transparent and participative manner, by gathering input from relevant stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A similar event will be held in Costa Rica on 16 and 17 April, for Member States in Latin America. An online consultation process is being implemented in parallel with these events, open to anyone with an interest in ESD. The website will be open to contributions until March 31.
“These regional consultation meetings will allow countries’ interests and needs to be gathered together for use in designing development orientations and actions for high impact Education for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. They also provide us with a window onto countries’ experiences, and allow us to identify success factors and lessons learned that can be used in guiding the design of future ESD activities” said OREALC/UNESCO Santiago ESD programme specialist Astrid Hollander.
UNESCO’s vision for ESD is to integrate fundamental issues in sustainable development such as climate change and poverty reduction into teaching and learning. ESD also requires the application of participative teaching methods that can provide students with the tools that they need in order to make a difference in favour of sustainable development.