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The 10th UNESCO-APEID International Conference

Learning Together for Tomorrow
Education for Sustainable Development
6 - 8 December 2006, Bangkok (Thailand)

The Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) convened the 10th APEID International Conference "Learning Together for Tomorrow: Education for Sustainable Development" in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6 to 8 December 2006.

The 2006 Conference brought together members from the APEID network as well as ESD educational practitioners to promote the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), 2005-2014. As the lead agency for DESD in the Asia-Pacific Region, UNESCO enhanced the sharing of ESD-related research findings, innovative practices, experiences and lessons learned.

The Conference was successful in meeting its key objectives to strengthen co-ordination and collaboration among APEID network members, raise awareness and understanding of ESD, and serve as a catalyst for the creation of ESD action plans. APEID and all participants are looking forward to a new era of close cooperation to ensure that the principles of sustainable development are integrated into the educational systems in the region.

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Education for Sustainable Development


One of the objectives of the Conference was to enhance understanding of the role of education in addressing sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region. The concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is complex. It can mean different things to different people depending on their perceptions, and may lead to varying visions of sustainability and priorities. Inherent within the concept of ESD is its relevance to local context, condition and culture. Papers presented at the Conference touched on various themes as they relate to ESD.

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"... sustainable development must be a concrete reality for all of us – individuals, organizations, governments - in all of our daily decisions and actions, so as to promise a sustainable planet and a safer world to our children, our grandchildren and their descendants."

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO