The Closing Plenary

Panel Discussion: «A Decade has ended. What was planted? What still needs planting and cultivating? And what may need uprooting?»

On Thursday 2nd of July the last of the exciting WEEC2015 plenary sessions will take place between 10:30 and 12:30. It will be an intensive discussion with great and experienced international panelists around the topic «A Decade has ended. What was planted? What still needs planting and cultivating? And what may need uprooting?». Be sure not to miss it.

The end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014) marks the beginning of the Global Action Programme on ESD, endorsed by UNESCO Member States and acknowledged by the UN General Assembly as follow up to the DESD. In this WEEC2015 closing plenary panel five key figures in ESD and EE discuss the achievements, shortcomings and next steps for ESD and its older cousin EE. Alexander Leicht (Chief of UNESCO’s ESD section), Mahesh Pradhan (Chief of UNEP’s EE and Training Unit) Judy Braus (President of NAAEE), Kartikeya Sarabhai (Director of CEE, India), Oluwafunmilayo Oyatogun (from Bailiff Africa, Nigeria) and Ingrid Moum Rieser (Swedish Youth Representative at the DESD conference in Nagoya) will each provide a short commentary after which a discussion will be moderated by Frans Lenglet (Former Director of SWEDESD) who will also bring in the audience. What will be needed to create a genuine transformation of education, governance and economy towards healthier, more equitable, ecologically mindful, meaningful and just lifestyles? Where do the panel members see the niches that signify such a transformation and how can they be strengthened through education, teaching, learning and new forms of inquiry and research that bridge theory and practice? The discussion will be informed by the key outcomes of the 11 thematic areas of the conference.


Alexander Leicht, Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO

Mahesh Pradhan, Chief of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU)

Judy Braus, President of NAAEE

Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director of CEE, India

Oluwafunmilayo Oyatogun, from Bailiff Africa, Nigeria

Ingrid Moum Rieser, Swedish Youth Representative at the DESD conference in Nagoya

Moderator: Frans Lenglet, Former Director of SWEDESD

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