In 2020, UNESCO launches its new ESD programme “Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030)”. In line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the programme will run until 2030.
"ESD for 2030" - Towards Achieving the SDGs
With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is needed to deliver the SDGs by 2030. With the new programme, UNESCO will support the “Decade of Action” and contribute to accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges. “ESD for 2030” will scale up its focus on the interlinkages and tensions among different SDGs and provide learners with opportunities to practice balancing them. Many of the existing instruments, for example, the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD and the five priority action areas(policy, education and training, educators, youth and communities), as well as the goal to implement ESD into the educational systems will be continued within the new framework.Nevertheless, there will be numerous advancements as well, like the focus on psychological and social preconditions and the transformation of ESD into political mobilization.
"ESD for 2030" will be launched at an international conference organised by UNESCO and supported by the German Government as host. The conference intends to provide impulses to further strengthen ESD in educational policy and practice and to accompany the strategic design of the new programme. It will take place from May 17th - 19th, 2021 in Berlin. In addition, a National Launch Conference will kick off the programme in Germany on May 19th, 2021.
Learning to change the world! What is Education for Sustainable Development?
How do we want to live in the future? What and how do we need to learn to make that future possible? How, where and what can we learn in order to actively shape the sustainable transformation ourselves? Global challenges affect us all and can only be solved together. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) provides answers to these questions. It is a framework for learning to live sustainable.
The road to "ESD for 2030"
Preparing the draft framework
To build a future vision for ESD, UNESCO prepared a draft position paper through a series of experts’ meetings as well as a desk review of related literature and results of the mid-term GAP implementation review.
This collaborative process has included everybody: Representatives from science, politics, civil society, teachers, students and citizens were invited to bring their ideas and experiences into the draft. For this purpose UNESCO launched a public online-consultation in November 2018.
In addition, four conferences on the future of ESD were held in Germany, South Africa, Japan and Brazil. ESD for 2030 was also discussed during the third key-partner meeting of the five international GAP partner networks. In July 2018, over 270 government representatives and experts from 116 Member States met in Bangkok to discuss and further enhance the draft.
In spring 2019, UNESCO’s Executive Board reviewed and adopted the proposal on the draft framework in its 206th session. In November 2019, the draft was then submitted to the 40th session of the General Conference and the 74th session of the UN General Assembly for final approval.
BNE leben (Living ESD)
The German UNESCO Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research present the video series "BNE Leben" (Living ESD). The video series shows examples of successful ESD implementation from Germany.
Living ESD: Places of transformation
How does Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) contribute to making our society fit for the future? How, where and what do we learn in order to actively shape the sustainable transformation ourselves? In the first video of the series "Living ESD", we are hearing first-hand from people who are redesigning teaching and learning environments via the Whole Institution Approach and who promote competences that enable learners to advance the social transformation.
Living ESD: Structural change
: How is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) implemented in Germany? What is the National Platform and who is represented? Who is involved in the implementation of the National Action Plan on ESD? In the third video of the series "Living ESD", people who shape the national ESD process in Germany and promote the structural anchoring of ESD at national, regional and local level are being interviewed. Learn more about the decision-making processes and participatory approaches for the succes
Living ESD: Technological Future
How does Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) work in the digital space? How can technological progress be critically accompanied and evaluated in connection with sustainability? In the second video of the series "Living ESD", people are talking about how to use digitalization for new formats of ESD and how innovative approaches can be used to reach new audiences. Learn more about successful examples of digital ESD and the role of ESD in the context of technological progress and sustainab
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