Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history
This week marks the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development which will focus on the role of Education, particularly for young people and teachers, in achieving a more sustainable future. ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s leading environmental education and youth organisation, will be attending and presenting at the Conference which is taking place in Ottawa, Canada, 6-10 March.
The Conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together key organisations from around the world to share innovative approaches and practices in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ECO-UNESCO, at the forefront of ESD and youth leadership in Ireland, will be represented at the conference by its National Director Elaine Nevin, who will be co-hosting a workshop on 7 March to share some of the best practice of the organisation’s work on a global platform.
Commenting on the opportunity to attend the Conference, Elaine Nevin said: “ECO-UNESCO, as a Key Partner of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme, as a leader in Education for Sustainable Development is delighted to have the opportunity to attend this important conference. ECO-UNESCO’s youth programmes including ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’; the Young Environmentalist Awards and others increase knowledge and awareness of sustainability in young people providing them with opportunities to take action locally on global issues. Education is one of the key ways we can address global environmental challenges, such as Climate Change, and is a key in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Last month, ECO-UNESCO ran a Flagship ‘Education for Sustainable Development Youth Leadership’ training in conjunction with UNESCO in Dublin for 27 young people from Ireland, other European countries and Central America, as part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. The Conference will review the implementation of the GAP to ensure progress is being made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, in particular Goal 4 on Education.
Ireland has a lot to contribute on a global level to achieving the SDGs and can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history. Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations of which ECO-UNESCO is a member—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.