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UNESCO Regional Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Africa 20-22 March

Start Time: March 20, 2013 09:00 | End Time: March 22, 2013 13:00
Location: Intercontinental Mauritius Resort in Mauritius
UNESCO Regional Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Africa is scheduled from 20 to 22 March 2013 at Intercontinental Mauritius Resort in Mauritius.

The three-day international expert Meeting would focus on the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in Africa, with particular focus on the situation of African countries and the role that education can play in adaptation and mitigation to climate change.  The Meeting will develop recommendations and a Plan of Action to promote education as an important means to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development in African countries.  The recommendations will serve as a contribution to the upcoming 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Qatar as well as the UNESCO World Conference Education for Sustainable Development scheduled in 2014 in Japan.


The meeting will be structured around the following thematic areas of climate change education in African countries:

a)     Targeting the most affected and vulnerable;

b)     Draw from a variety of knowledge sources;

c)     Prepare for disaster; and

d)     Building green societies through green job training.

The general objectives of the Meeting are inter-alia to:

a)      promote the important contribution education can make to climate change    adaptation and mitigation in African countries;

b)    further the effective integration of climate change issues into education programmes and school curricula in African countries;

c)      identify climate change adaptation and mitigation needs and responses for education systems and education institutions, including infrastructure, management and resourcing;

d)     identify strategies for integrating African traditional knowledge into educational programmes as a contribution to building community resilience;

e)     enhance the exchange of experiences and good practices on climate change education among ministries, teachers, practitioners and young people; and

f)       identify opportunities for partnerships between schools, NGOs, UN agencies and UNESCO networks to enhance formal and non-formal education programmes on climate change.


The expected outcomes of the Meeting are:

a)     Recommendations on adapting the education systems of African countries to the impact of climate change and integrating climate change into formal and non-formal education programmes, including policies, teacher training and curricula in African countries;

b)    A proposal for the establishment of a mechanism for exchanging experiences and good practices on climate change education among African countries; and

c)    Regional plans of action identifying key next steps and regional recommendations for the development of climate change education strategies.

Some 40 Mauritian participants and 60 foreign delegates from African Regions representing a multi-disciplinary and diverse group of stakeholders including national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of schools and education networks, scientists and climate change experts and representatives of multi-lateral agencies, research and training institutions and civil societies are expected to participate in the meeting.

 

International Relations Desk
20 Feb 2013


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