UNESCO World Conference

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UNESCO World Conference
by Alexandra Magaard - 10 November 2014
Alexandra Magaard // 10 November 2014 // #GoingGreen 

The Conference is in Aichi-Nagoya Japan.

The Conference is in Aichi-Nagoya Japan. 

Pictured: One of the first meetings today for UNESCO Youth. Source:

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. This week is a special week. The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is taking place from today until Wednesday. It is the final event to commemorate the conclusion of the United Nation’s Decade for Education and Sustainable Development that began in 2005, and it also is a milestone for assessing for the future.  

I believe, it might be of interest to everyone that the first UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development occurred in 2009 in Bonn, Germany. The Conference was made through the collaboration of UNESCO, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Commission for UNESCO. This year’s Conference has four goals: to celebrate the “Decade of Action,” to reorient education to build a better future for all (reassess what is an adequate education for sustainable development is), accelerate action for sustainable development and set the agenda for ESD beyond 2014. The Conference kicked off last night with a celebratory opening ceremony. The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and his Imperial Highness, the Crown Prince of Japan both spoke, and the opening ceremony’s keynote speaker was Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Princess Lalla Hasna greeting the Japanese government. Photo source:

She said: “To think and act for the sake of the environment - in the broadest sense of the term - means to be fully aware that the planet is not only a precious legacy, but that it also implies a tremendous responsibility for us in terms of preserving the interests of future generations.” It was a well-regarded keynote address. If you are interested in reading further about the conference, please click on the link provided below! I wish you all a successful week, and I think of the UNESCO conference today when claiming: when the going gets tough, the tough go green. Alex P.S. Please remember to follow us on Facebook !

Alexandra Magaard is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German Language from James Madison University. In 2014-15, Alex served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy and the Teach About US blog’s first author. A passionate supporter of environmentalism and green topics, Alex says that her activism began when she built a replica of the Cathedral of Notre Dame out of re-used egg cartons for her art class at age eight. She is now working for a German company based in Washington D.C.