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Education for a Sustainable Future: UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Post-DESD Framework

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UNESCO, as the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), is organizing expert consultations in the five UN Regions to collect positions on the development of an ESD programme framework after 2014 and prepare a final report on the DESD. In addition to the regional consultations, Member States and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to individually provide input for the post-2014 framework via a questionnaire to be sent out in January 2013.

In its 190th session, the Executive Board of UNESCO expressed “its preference for a programme framework as follow-up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development after 2014”. The Board requested the Director-General “to develop, in consultation with Member States, and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the proposal for a programme framework, led by UNESCO, which should cover at least the period of the forthcoming Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021.” Furthermore, the framework should “address education at all levels and in all forms, be based on a comprehensive sustainable development agenda, while also encouraging strategic focus and national commitment.”

The regional consultations contribute to ensuring a transparent, participatory preparation of the post-2014 ESD programme framework through collecting input from relevant stakeholders from all regions.

The consultations seek to help:

• identify priority areas for ESD activities post-2014;

• identify ESD initiatives that could be scaled-up in a post-2014 framework;

• identify key partners to involve in a post-2014 framework;

• collect suggestions for the preparations of the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November 2014, Japan).



Type of event

Consultative meeting


16.05.2013  08:30 local time


17.05.2013  17:00 local time

Focal point

Danilo Padilla









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Information on the DESD

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Participants List


Background and Objectives of the Consultation - Sheldon Shaeffer

Session I: Towards a Post-2014 Framework - Danilo Padilla, UNESCO Bangkok

ESD in the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Masahisa Sato, Tokyo City University

Our World. Our Vision. - International School Bangkok

Panel Discussion: Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA-CLLSD) - Zenaida Domingo, SEA-CLLSD

Panel Discussion: Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) - Utak Chung

Session II: Preparing the World Conference on ESD 2014 - Yoko Mochizuki, UNESCO Paris, Shibao Tomoko, ACCU

Session III: Preparing the End‐of‐DESD Report: Overview of monitoring and evaluation at UNESCO and regional contributions to data collection for ESDPreparing the end of decade report - IGES - Robert Didham and Paul Ofei-Manu, IGES

Consultation Outcomes - Etienne Clément, UNESCO Bangkok

Outcome Post-DESD Framework - Sheldon Shaeffer