11 May, 2010
[UNU at CSD 18] UN Actions on Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Consumption and Production: Activities of Interagency Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Organizer: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Venue: ECOSOC Conference Room, The North Lawn Building (first floor), UN Headquarters, NY
Click here to read about the May 10th event "Education and Learning for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)"
In the context of the Commission on Sustainable Development 18th session, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies presents - in cooperation with UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UN HABITAT - this side event. Its objective is to highlight the critical role of education in promoting sustainable consumption and production as well as associated challenges and opportunities for action from the perspectives of different stakeholders.
Development of more sustainable consumption and production (SCP) systems requires the participation of various stakeholders dealing with policies, innovations, human and institutional actions. In this event, business, civil society organizations, government, IHEs as well as other representatives from critical partners of UN agencies will present their perspectives on the potential of educational processes to contribute to the furthering of SCP systems.
UN agency members of the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) will provide an overview of UN initiatives within the framework of DESD and engage the different stakeholders in a discussion that will address three issues: 1) role of education and learning in development of SCP; 2) challenges and opportunities to create learning systems for SCP and 3) strategies, tools and good practice in the area of education and SCP. This will be followed by short contributions from representatives of diverse stakeholders groups: IHE, youth, local government, civil society and businesses. In the final stages, a concluding discussion will focus on potential for scaling up good practices through partnerships and engagement with UN agencies.
- Mark Richmond, Director, Division for the Coordination of UN Priorities in Education, UNESCO
- Sylvie Lemmet, Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), UNEP
- Zinaida Fadeeva, Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
- Donna L. Goodman, Founder and Executive Director of the Earth Child Institute (ECI)
- Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, Director of the New York Office of UN-HABITAT
- Roger Petry, Rhodes Scholar and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Luther College at the University of Regina (Canada)
- Sara Svensson, Advisor to UNEP Programme Tunza
Suggested Background Readings:
Highlights of UNU's Research and Publications on the Environment and Sustainability
Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL), Hedmark University College.
PDF available on https://www.hihm.no/
Training Kit on Responsible Consumption - The Guide. UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange.
PDF available on http://unesdoc.unesco.org/
Report on Sustainable Lifestyles (2010)- Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles.
Please visit: http://www.unep.fr/scp/marrakech/taskforces/education.htm
Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption. Recommendations and Guideline, UNEP
PDF available on http://www.unep.fr/
Decade of Education for Sustainable Development website, UNESCO
Please visit: http://www.unesco.org/en/esd/
UNESCO, Education for Sustainable Development on Facebook
Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/
Habitat Partner University page, UNHABITAT
Please visit: http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=19&catid=570&cid=6002
Human Values in Water Education - Creating a New Water-use Ethic in African Cities, UN-HABITAT ,br>Please visit: http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=2064
Report of the Symposium on Climate Change Education and Sustainable Cities, Inter-Agency Committee of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, UN-HABITAT, UNEP, UNESCO.
RCE Factsheet - Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development PDF available on http://www.ias.unu.edu/
ProSPER.Net Brochure: PDF available on http://www.ias.unu.edu/
More information on RCEs, ProSPER.Net and Education for Sustainable Development from UNU-IAS, please visit: http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=108&ddlID=54
Fadeeva, Zinaida & Mochizuki, Yoko (2008). "Sustainable Production and Consumption" in APCEIU, Teacher Training for Learning to Live Together: A Training Manual for EIU and ESD, pp. 251-266. Seoul, Korea: Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) (under the auspices of UNESCO): 251-266.
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 4(2), Special Section on the Case Studies of RCEs. Edited by Zinaida Fadeeva and Yoko Mochizuki (2010).
Mark Richmond is a social scientist and educationist who, as an academic and as a UNESCO staff member, has been engaged with 'education for development' issues over many years. He graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) with an honours degree in Political Theory and Institutions and has a Master of Philosophy degree in comparative education from the University of Hull (UK). He has worked in a range of secondary, post-secondary and higher education positions in the UK and the USA, with particular interests in (a) the policy/research interface relating to structured social inequalities and (b) education in developing countries, with special regard to policies of educational reform in Latin America and the Caribbean and educational responses to emergency, refugee and post-crisis situations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa.
On joining UNESCO in 1994, Mr Richmond worked on establishing post-crisis educational programmes in NW Somalia, refugee camps in Tanzania and post-genocide Rwanda before becoming head of UNESCO's Programme of Education for Emergencies and Reconstruction (PEER) in Nairobi, Kenya, covering the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions. Subsequently at UNESCO Headquarters, he was involved in supporting educational programmes in field operations in sub-Saharan Africa, Iraq and Kosovo; in 1999-2000, he served as Deputy Head of UNMIK's Department of Education and Culture in Kosovo. Mr Richmond then worked on the reform of UNESCO's Education Sector and on the follow-up to the World Education Forum on Education for All (Dakar, Senegal, 2000). During the period 2001-2006, he served as Senior Executive Officer in the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO in the capacity of English speechwriter and focal point for education. Mr Richmond is currently Director of the Division for the Coordination of UN Priorities in Education, responsible for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014); education and HIV & AIDS (he is the UNESCO Global Coordinator for HIV and AIDS); and education and post-conflict/post-disaster situations, including the path-breaking 'Education under Attack' studies of targeted violence against learners, teachers, academics and educational institutions.
Sylvie Lemmet, a French national, has had a distinguished career in the field of management and environment. She brings to UNEP a strong commitment and dedication to environmental sustainability. She also brings extensive knowledge of and experience from the international and national development scene.
In her career, Sylvie has held a series of senior management positions and has led large teams to success. She has worked with the private sector, NGOs, international organizations and most recently as Senior Auditor with the French Cour des Comptes. In leadership roles, her responsibilities have ranged from general management to project, budget and financial management. She has been the Chief Financial Officer and, later, a member of the Executive Board of Médecins sans Frontières working in the field of humanitarian emergency assistance. As senior official with The World Bank, Sylvie was responsible for large scale projects and initiatives in the area of environment and sustainable development. She has most recently played a very active role in improving the public sector efficiency in France. She has also participated as a member of Cour des Comptes' audit team of the United Nations.
Sylvie holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and École Nationale d'Administration (ENA), respectively as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration from École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and a degree in Economics from the Sorbonne University.
Zinaida Fadeeva works as Research Fellow for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme at UNU-IAS. Current research activities are centered upon the reorientation of higher education institutions towards vehicles of change for sustainability and interorganisational collaboration for sustainable development. Chief roles include creation and management of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE), ProSPER.Net and capacity development for CSP for business and public sector. Before joining UNU-IAS, worked as Research Associate at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. Work here focused on building an understanding of structural, dynamic and contextual characteristics that affect cross-sectoral networking processes and the role of networks as translators of sustainability ideas.
Dr. Fadeeva will present the strategies of RCEs and PRoSPER.Net development and their activities in the CSP education and capacity development.
Donna L. Goodman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Earth Child Institute (ECI), an international organization accredited as an associate NGO to the United Nations Department of Public Information and an NGO observer to the UNFCCC. ECI is dedicated to supporting the local actions and empowerment of children and Young people by building capacity and consulting with governments, the private sector and UN system partners to develop and implement holistic, child-centred rights-based inter-sectoral educational solutions as a mechanism for community-based adaptation to climate change, water and environmental sustainability.
From 2004-2008, she served as an international professional for UNICEF, most recently as Programme Advisor, Climate Change and Environmental Education, leading development of UNICEF's Climate Change Environmental Education Resource Pack for Child Friendly Schools, children's environmental health programming (with UNEP and WHO) and initiating development of internal frameworks to address climate change. Prior to this, she was Programme Manager, Environment and Young people focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene education in schools and in support of youth participation in the sector.
She is the lead author of Climate Change: Take Action Now: A Facilitators Guide to Supporting the Local Actions of Children; Climate Change and Children: A Human Security Challenge, published by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in December 2008, UNICEF Climate Change and Children, UNICEF Water Alert! interactive learning module game, and many other case studies, discussion papers and programme guidance documents.
Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked with the United Nations Department of Public Information as author of Every Body Counts, Every Drop Matters, United Nations Classroom Resource Guide on Water, the United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues policy paper on Indigenous Peoples%2
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