Education plays an invaluable role in readying the world’s youth population for a sustainable future, especially since the globe is staring at a rather challenging future on the economic, environmental, and social fronts. This fact was emphasized over and over again at the opening of a conference in Aichi-Nagoya in Japan.
Irina Bokova, head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), addressed the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on Monday. She stated that in order to achieve a satisfactory level of sustainable development, only financial incentives, political regulations, and technology will not be enough. The step requires a complete shift in thoughts and actions at a societal as well as individual level. This change is the primary aim of education and that is the only way we can successfully aim for a sustainable planet.
The conference held at the Japanese port city was attended by over 1,000 participants to address issues that are facing the international community and to witness the achievements of the ‘UN Decade of ESD’ - from 2005 to 2014.
Also speaking at the conference was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, via a video message. Supporting the cause of sustainable development, Mr Ban said that sustainability needed to be built into almost everything that a person did and education was one of the first places to start to achieve this feat. It was important to prepare girls and boys regarding global citizenship because it was their responsibility to safeguard our common future, Mr Ban said.
The conference will end on Wednesday, November 12.