UNESCO to launch ESD for 2030 Roadmap in the Africa region

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa will host a webinar to launch the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for 2030 Roadmap in the Africa region. The webinar will take place on 26 November 2020 as part of a series of global launches. With the postponement of the UNESCO World Conference on ESD from June 2020 to May 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO is in the meantime organizing regional online launch events of the roadmap for implementation.

ESD supports efforts to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to contribute to a more inclusive, just, peaceful and sustainable world.  As the lead UN agency on ESD, UNESCO has developed a new framework (2020-2030) to enhance the global efforts on ESD entitled, “ESD: Towards achieving the SDGs or ESD for 2030”, upscaling and building upon the last 15 years of ESD. The ‘ESD for 2030’ framework focuses on streamlining ESD within the 2030 Agenda to achieve the SDGs within the next ten years. UNESCO has also created a roadmap, which provides guidance for member states and other stakeholders for the implementation of ‘ESD for 2030.’ This builds on the Global Action Programme on ESD (2015 – 2019) which followed the UN Decade on ESD (2005-2014).

This regional online launch is an important occasion to invite countries and ESD stakeholders from all over the African continent to reinforce ESD in preparation for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD from 17-19 May 2021. During the launch, the new roadmap will be introduced followed by a panel discussion on the regional implications and a Question and Answer session with the audience.

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