From 18 to 20 November, the 8-th Central Asian Conference on Education for Sustainable Development was held in Almaty. The Conference participants reviewed the progress of the Central Asian countries in compliance with the international commitments on education for sustainable development.
The Conference was organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) with the financial support of the European Union and in close co-operation with the ministries of environmental protection and education of Central Asian countries and UNESCO Cluster Office.
The aim of the Conference was to secure the ground for promoting Sustainable Development (SD) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the educational systems of Central Asian states, activate development of the national plans on ESD and consider implementation of the commitments of Central Asian countries under the UNECE Strategy for ESD.
The coordinators of the ESD process in Central Asia, governmental officials from the ministries of environmental protection and education, parliament deputies, lawyers, lecturers and teachers of secondary schools as well as non-governmental activists from all Central Asian countries took part in the discussions.
A special expert session analyzed the outcomes of the national seminars on striking balance between the legislation, national educational standards and curriculums on ESD held by CAREC prior to the Conference.
The Conference also had several work sections to review the progress of implementation of the UN Decade of ESD in the region, preparation of obligatory national reports under the UNECE Strategy for ESD, and the progress in National Plans development on education for sustainable development. The sessions rounded up with the presentation of Draft National Action Plans on ESD by the Central Asian partners.
Other important highlights of the conference were a Report by the UNESCO Cluster Office for Central Asia «Progress in Implementing the UN Decade of ESD: Outcome of the Bonn Conference» and a Session on the progress and prospects of sub-regional and national projects on ESD implemented in Central Asia region.
The event was closed with a showcase session on the upcoming project «Green Pack in Central Asia in 2009-2010» and a project national expert meeting.
For further information you may contact:
- Ms Tatyana Shakirova, ESD Programme Manager, at +7(727)2785110, 2785022 or firstname.lastname@example.org