2011 Youth Delegates to the United Nations
  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: 2011 Youth Delegates to the United Nations
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Outcome of the panel on Sustainable Development in the Rio+20 processes.

Hosted by the 2011 Youth Delegates to the United Nations

Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations.

On 12 October 2011, youth delegates to the United Nations convened a panel discussion and consultation session held at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations to discuss and elaborate on the vital role of education for sustainable development in the Rio+20 process and related outcomes. This event attracted participants from various United Nations Missions, Youth representative, NGOs, Youth Organisations, various diplomats, stakeholders and interested young people.

The interactive panel discussion touched on a number of key challenges and opportunities that face the sustainable development agenda including education systems and schools; being one of the most important catalysts for change but slow moving when updating or amending current curriculums. The discussions were followed closely by youth delegates from the Permanent Missions of Germany and Finland, with outcomes of the discussions produced and presented. These were:

Green economies are born in the school yard

In order to transform societies and economies into a more sustainable direction, it is necessary that educational systems respond to the demands for sustainability.

? Curriculums must reflect a strong, sustainable social focus.

? Education for sustainable development must be integrated in teacher training.

? There must be cross-sector collaboration between private, government, and civic society to support education for sustainable development; teachers, schools and organizations.

Young people must be given the tools to build a sustainable society

Establishing green economies and sustainable societies will to a large extent be the responsibility of the current young generation. Young people must be provided with the civic skills and participation opportunities.

? Civic skills are an important component of education for sustainable development.

? Educational systems must provide young people with the information on how their societies work and skills to overcome problems.

? The opportunities of ICT and social media should be utilized.

Implementation of education for sustainable development must be relevant to regional and local circumstances

Sustainable education has a strong social dimension and this should also be reflected in education for sustainable development. Youth in developing economies play a big part in creating sustainable societies.

? Focus must be put on education for sustainable development also in the educational systems of the developing world. As different young people have different Access to education it is important to make sure that all have Access to education for sustainable development.

? There is an important link between non formal education and education for sustainable development, supporting volunteering and youth-led organizations is an important way to promote education for sustainable development.

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