UNECE Meeting on ESD, Belgrade, October 10-12, 2007 - update

I am posting the following e-mail I received from Susan Kingsbury of Environment Canada regarding this event on Education for Sustainable Development. I am also attaching the Canadian submission that Susan has sent. --Roger

Hi everyone. The purpose of this note is to forward to you the URL regarding this meeting so that you can access documents regarding ESD.

As you may recall, the Council of Ministers of Education, the federal family through Environment Canada, and the Canadian Commission of UNESCO worked together to prepare a report on Canada's ESD progress. The report was prepared in support of the UN Decade of ESD and was shared at a side event on ESD, in Belgrade, which is mentioned below. Here are some points regarding the meeting.

Summary

The sixth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) took place in Belgrade from 10 to 12 October 2007. Ministers of Environment and senior officials from 51 UNECE member states and representatives from the European Commission, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector attended the conference. Ministers of Education also participated in the conference during a joint session on education for sustainable development. The Canadian delegation was led by BGRAD/Ambassador McDougall. Minister of Education for Nunavut, the Honourable Edward Picco, represented the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), at the joint session on sustainable development. Other members from the provincial delegation included Mr. Gerald Farthing, Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Citizenship, Manitoba, Ms. Diane Rochon, Coordinator of Science and Technology Programs, Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, Quebec, Ms. Sheila Molloy, Coordinator, International Programs, CMEC, Ms. Laurie-Anne White, Executive Assistant to Minister Picco.

Education and Environment Ministers of the UNECE region met for the first time within the EfE process. After opening remarks by the Serbian Minister of Education, Zoran Loncar, Minister Picco delivered a keynote address in which he presented some of the challenges facing educators in Canada in the area of incorporating sustainable development ideas into school curricula. He also stressed the importance of sustainable development and education in "our global world". Ministers adopted a joint statement in which they reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of education for sustainable development.

If you wish to access any of the documents from the Belgrade meeting you can get them at this URL: http://www.unece.org/env/efe/wgso/Belgrade/documents.html If you scroll down you will see two entries "Joint Session on ESD" with a number of documents that you may find interesting.

Bye for now.

Susan

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