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UNESCO Expert Meeting on ESD: “Reorienting Education to Address Sustainability"

Photo: © UNESCO Bangkok

Experts on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) met from 1 – 3 May 2006 in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The three-day meeting titled “Reorienting Education to Address Sustainability” discussed key components of ESD. 

Two of the major tasks of ESD were to improve education and to reorient existing education to address sustainable development. However, as the complex concept of ESD may mean different things to different groups of people, it was essential to analyse the ESD concept from different perspectives before effective implementation can take place. Although many topics inherent in the area of ESD are already part of the formal education curriculum, these topics or content areas needed to be identified or seen to contribute to the larger concept of sustainability. The 15 participants of the UNESCO Expert Meeting on ESD discussed and conceptualized these key components of ESD.

The objectives of the UNESCO Expert Meeting on ESD included:

  • To identify and conceptualize the content areas for ESD
  • To discuss the relationship of ESD with other education initiatives such as Environmental Education (EE), Education for International Understanding (EIU), Education for All (EFA), UN Literacy Decade (UNLD), and Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
  • To recommend guidelines for reorienting existing education to address sustainable development
  • To plan the organization of the APEID-APCEIU workshop on “Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability” in September 2006

The expected outcomes were the following:

  1. Papers on content areas of ESD and linkages of different education initiatives with ESD.
  2. Recommendations and guidelines on reorienting existing education to address sustainable development.
  3. Structure for APEID-APCEIU workshop in September 2006

Papers submitted by the participants (pdf):

Presentations submitted by the participants (pdf):

Related resources:
• View the pictures of the meeting
• Download the agenda