Conference on education for sustainable development opens in Nagoya

A three-day international conference aimed at promoting education for sustainable development (ESD) opened Monday in Nagoya with government officials and researchers from more than 100 countries attending.

In an opening speech to the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, co-hosted by the Japanese government and UNESCO, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Tokyo would like to contribute to the international community in promoting education on global issues such as peace, poverty and the environment.

He also announced the establishment of a UNESCO-Japanese award for people around the world who engage in key activities related to education for sustainable development.

ESD describes the teaching of key related issues — including climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction and sustainable consumption — in forms of education.

Crown Prince Naruhito, who attended the meeting Crown Princess Masako, said he expects young people engaged in ESD to support the future of the Earth.

ESD, which aims to allow every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future, was originally proposed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2002 to build a prosperous and safe society through education.

The United Nations has designated the 10-year period between 2005 and 2014 as a decade to promote ESD and the Nagoya conference is expected to serve as a milestone for pointing the way ahead.

UNESCO will give a progress report. On the final day, participants are expected to adopt a declaration detailing the movement’s future course.

Meanwhile, Crown Princess Masako carried out her first official duty involving an overnight stay within Japan since visiting Iwate Prefecture in November 2013. She has been receiving treatment for a stress-induced illness and rarely attends public events.

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