MEdIES @ the UNESCO World Conference on ESD 2021!

MEdIES was excited to take part in the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (17-19 May 2021) upon UNESCO’s official invitation.  Over 80 ministers and 2,800 educators, officers and stakeholders committed to taking concrete steps to transform learning for the survival of our planet by adopting the Berlin Declaration on ESD.

The Declaration outlines a range of policies to transform learning and teaching, professional training and civic engagement; It highlights the need to implement ESD with joint emphasis on cognitive skills, social and emotional learning, and action competences. Actually, the adoption of the Berlin Declaration is creating the momentum for the implementation of the ESD for 2030 Roadmap as the global framework for the current decade of ESD.

Key take-home messages from the various sessions in which the MEdIES Secretariat participated were:

  • ESD is a priority of the intenational community.
  • Our common future depends on our current action!
  • Urgent action & reform is needed.
  • We must work all together, with solidarity, following holistic & ecosystem approaches and, having human rights as a fundamental part of the sustainable society.
  • More focus on young generations as the change makers.
  • We need to invest (more) in capacity building of teachers and efficient and fair governance.

Last but not least, UNESCO has called for ESD to be a core component of all education systems at all levels by 2025.

The Conference was followed online by over 10,000 viewers overall and was organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research of Germany and the German Commission for UNESCO.

Read more about the Conference and access the Berlin Declaration and the recorded sessions at 

Read about the UNESCO Chairs Session for ESD (17 May 2021) within the Conference that Prof Michael Scoullos co-organised with other UNESCO Chairs, here