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Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012 Tbilisi, Georgia

Annotated Provisional Agenda


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia

Annotated Provisional Agenda PURPOSE: TBILISI+35 is organized by the Government of Georgia in partnership with UNESCO and UNEP to: (i) commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1977 Tbilisi Declaration; (ii) provide a platform for decision-makers to enhance international cooperation for a concerted action towards the sustainable future; (iii) acknowledge achievements of the global community in the implementation of Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); (iv) address the need for a balanced approach between environmental conservation and development, as well as persisting and emerging challenges of sustainable development and education, including but not limited to poverty, unequal access to schooling, uneven distribution of resources and opportunities, increased pressure on the carrying capacity of ecosystems and climate change; (v) develop recommendations in light of the developments particularly those resulting from the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

FORMAT: The intergovernmental conference will commence in 6 successive sessions during 2 days. First part of the Session I will be dedicated to procedural issues: election of the president and vice-presidents as well as co-chairs of the conference. The major part of the first session will provide forum for country statements. Pre-registration as well as prior submission of the delegates’ official request is required by Friday, 17 August 2012 to sign up for the high-level segment. Each session will be opened by a keynote speech and a panel discussion followed by a plenary discussion to enable the participants express their opinion over the topics under discussion. Session VI will aim at seeking delegates’ agreement on and then, mutatis mutandis, adoption of the stipulations outlined in the Draft Tbilisi Communiqué.


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi+35: Environmental Education for Sustainable Development Ballroom, Hotel Sheraton Metekhi Palace Thursday, September 6, 2012

09.30 – 13.30

Plenary Session I – Launching of TBILISI+35

09:30 – 10:00

Opening of the Conference: Mr. George Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection of Georgia Opening ceremony: Cultural Performance Welcome speeches: H.E. Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO Mr. Jan Dusic, Acting Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP Coffee Break Ministers’ Group Photo Front Yard, Hotel Sheraton Metekhi Palace

10:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 10:50 Venue: 10:50 – 10:55

Appointment of the Conference President and Vice-Presidents

10:55 – 11:00

Introduction of the agenda

11:00 – 13:30

High-level Segment

13:30 – 15:00 Venue:

Lunch Restaurant Narikala 2, Hotel Sheraton Metekhi Palace

15:00 – 16:30

Plenary Session II – Evolving ESD Vision: from Tbilisi to Tbilisi (1977-2012) Chaired by Mr. Alexander Kvitashvili, Rector, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, former

Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia 15:00 – 15:10

Documentary on Tbilisi 1977

15:10 – 15:30

Keynote Speech by:  Mr. Mostafa Kamal Tolba, Former Executive Director of UNEP (TBC)  Ms.Elene Tchumburidze, Georgian youth representative


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

15:30 – 16:00

16:00 – 16:30

Panelists: 1. Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education towards Sustainability at York University, Canada 2. Dr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), India 3. Ms. Mirian Vilela, Executive Director, Earth Charter International Secretariat and Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE 4. Prof. Micheal Scoullos, University of Athens, Greece, Chairman of MIOECSDE, Coordinator of MEdIES 5. H.E. Ms. Flavia Nabugere Munaaba, Minister of State for Environment of Uganda Plenary Discussion

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 – 18:00

Plenary Session III : Rio + 20 and Green Economy: New Challenges for Education Chaired by H.E. Mr. Alexander Lomaia, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the

United Nations 16:45 – 16:55

16:55 – 17:30

17:30 – 18:00

Keynote Speech by:  Ms. Vera Kobalia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Panelists: 1. H. E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at Kenya Mission to the United Nations 2. H.E. Ms. Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia 3. H.E. Mr. Nurlan Kapparov, Minister of Environment Protection of Kazakhstan 4. Prof. Rupert MacLean, Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Lifelong Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education 5. Prof. Gigi Tevzadze, Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia Plenary Discussion


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

19:00 – 19:45 Venue: 20:15 Venue:

Cultural performance - Georgian National Song and Dance Ensemble Rustaveli Theatre, 17 Rustaveli Ave., Tbilisi Official Reception on behalf of the Government of Georgia Garden of Roses, 61 Aghmashenebeli Ave., Tbilisi Ballroom, Hotel Sheraton Metekhi Palace Friday, September 7, 2012

10:00 – 11:20

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 10:50

Plenary Session IV: Capturing Progress: Endorsing Good Practices in EE/ESD Chaired by H.E. Mr. Keshab Man Shakya, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Nepal Keynote speech by:  Dr. Fernando Reimers, Director, International Education Policy Programme, Harvard Graduate School of Education Harvard, USA

10:50 – 11:20

Panelists: 1. Dr. Gerald Farthing, Chair of ESD Steering Committee, UNECE 2. Ms. Christine Affolter, Vice-President, Head of Secretary, ENSI 3. Dr. Carl Lindberg, Former Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science of Sweden, Member of UNESCO’s High Level Panel on ESD 4. Dr. Cam McKenzie, Principal, Amaroo Environmental Education Centre, Australia 5. Ms. Khatia Dekanoidze, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Plenary Discussion

11:20 – 11:35

Coffee Break

11:35 – 13:30

Plenary Session V: ESD Ways Forward: Looking Ahead and Beyond 2014 Chaired by Ms. Dali Khomeriki, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the

Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, former Minister of Education and Culture of A/R of Abkhazia, Georgia


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

11:35 – 11:50

11:50 – 12:30

Keynote speech by:  Günter Pauli – Zero Emissions Research Institute (ZERI), Author of the Blue Economy Panelists: 1. Mr. Alexander Leicht, Head, ESD Section, UNESCO 2. Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, UNEP 3. Mr. Lothar Albin Guendling, Attorney and International Advisor, Germany/Luxemburg, trainer and moderator, UNITAR 4. Prof. Overson Shumba, Copperbelt University, Zambia, member of the DESD Monitoring & Evaluation Experts Group 5. Mr. Mario Salomone, Secretary General, the WEEC Network 6. Ms. Sandra Roelofs, Founder of Charity Foundation SOCO, First Lady of

Georgia

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary Discussion

13:00 – 13:30

Statements by Observers

13:30 – 15:00 Venue:

Lunch Restaurant Kala, Hotel Sheraton Metekhi Palace

15:00 – 18:00 15:00 – 16:15 16:15 – 16:30 16:30 – 17:40 17:40 – 17:50 17:50 – 18:00

Plenary Session VI: Adoption of the Outcome Document Discussion and Adoption of Tbilisi Outcome Document Coffee Break Discussion and Adoption of Tbilisi Outcome Document (Cont.) Any Other Business Closing of the Conference

20:00

Farewell Dinner in Open Air Lounge accompanied by Live Music, Band Hotel Radisson Blue Iveria, 1 Rose Revolution Sqr., Tbilisi Saturday, September 8, 2012 Departure of delegates

Venue:

1. Plenary Session I – Launching of TBILISI+35


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

The Conference will be opened by Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia and he shall preside until the President for the Conference has been appointed. The opening ceremony will be followed by the welcome speeches of the partners of the Conference, UNESCO: Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General and UNEP: Mr. Ian Dusic - and the appointment of governing body of the conference (president, vice-presidents, chairs and secretary). The President of the Conference then will introduce the agenda as set out in the present document to the delegates. The major part of the first session will provide forum for country statements (5 minute speeches of Heads of State & Ministers). Sequence of the Country statements: Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Republic of Guyana, Fiji, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malawi, Maldives, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Palestine, Republic of Poland, South Sudan, St. Vincent and the Grenadine, Swiss Confederation, Tunisia, Republic of Turkey. The high-level delegates (Heads of State & Ministers) will be invited for a group photo. 2. Plenary Session II – Evolving ESD Vision: from Tbilisi to Tbilisi (1977-2012) Thursday, 6 September 2012, 15:00 – 16:30 In 1977, the Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education organized by UNESCO in partnership with UNEP was held in Tbilisi adopting the Tbilisi Declaration that framed education around environmental protection and sustainable development, thus becoming the founding document for ESD and providing the fundamental principles for its development. ESD has evolved as the result of several international platforms, including but not limited to the UN Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972); the First Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education (Tbilisi, 1977); the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992); the International Conference on Environment and Society: Education and Public (Thessaloniki, 1997); the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002); the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014); the 4th International Conference on Environmental Education (Ahmadabad, 2007); the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (Bonn, 2009); and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio De Janeiro, 2012).


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

ESD is often seen to be related to different contents infused in education, including to health, human rights, inclusive, multicultural, disaster risk reduction, climate change, development, biodiversity, food security, global citizenship and much more. The major goal of this session is to trace back to the origins of EE, examine the major points of international declarations in EE and ESD, particularly the role of the Tbilisi Declaration, reflect on the major highlights of the development of ESD since the Tbilisi Conference and finally observe the-state-of-the-art of the vision development from Tbilisi to Tbilisi (1977-2012). A short five-minute Documentary on Tbilisi 1977 gives the highlights of the Tbilisi Conference of 1977. Presented shot by the Soviet Union it is one of the few archived documents to bring the visual memories of the Conference up to date. 3. Plenary Session III – Rio + 20 and the Green Economy: New Challenges for Education: Thursday, 6 September 2012, 16:45 – 18:00 At the turn of the decade of the 21st century, we should acknowledge that despite continuous efforts of the international community to effectively combat global challenges, results are still unevenly distributed around the world. Persisting and emerging challenges of sustainable development and education, including but not limited to poverty, unequal access to schooling, uneven distribution of resources and opportunities, increased pressure on the carrying capacity of ecosystems and climate change put a greater pressure and burden to international community. As already recognized on several international forums, development of a green economy can prove a major tool for sustainable growth. Transition to a greener world brings new challenges for education - to make education more holistic, inclusive, lifelong, skills-based and transformation-oriented so that to result in a tangible change in people’s attitudes towards valuing sustainability, increasing public participation, pursuing sustainable consumption and production patterns and re-skilling the labor force. This session aims at examining the major stipulations and highlights of the Rio+20, discussing the importance of the green economy in achieving sustainable growth and finally observing how education systems respond to SD challenges at all levels of education, through new forms of teaching and learning, and in formal, non-formal and informal education. 4. Plenary Session IV – Capturing Progress: Endorsing best practices in EE and ESD


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

Friday, 7 September 2012, 10:00-11:20 As a response to the global SD challenges, the year of 2005 marked the beginning of the DESD offering all major stakeholders in ESD an opportunity to come together and start international conversation for establishing and implementing a 10-year global agenda of ESD (Resolution 57/254 of the UN General Assembly, 2002). DESD as well as other international agreements before and after DESD, re-emphasized that education was a major tool toward sustainable development. However, this recognition put a new task to education – to review and reassess education systems, make them more inclusive, accessible for all and at all ages, ensure that education is continuous, lifelong and holistic as well as learner-oriented empowering people with key competences and skills for positive social transformation and behavior changes. To this end, acknowledge the importance of sharing best practices, fostering cooperation and partnership at all levels and between all stakeholders, ensuring participation, developing systematic national policies for ESD and promoting innovation, research, technology and scientific excellence and many more. Where are WE now? - This sessions reflects on the major achievements toward ESD and brings together some of the best practices from around the world, including but not limited to achievements in developing national policies, new forms of teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development, informal and non-formal education practices, partnership and involvement of stakeholders, fostering research and innovation, ICTs and education, etc. 5. Plenary Session V – ESD Ways Forwards: Looking Ahead and Beyond 2014 Thursday, 7 September 2012, 11:35-13:30 Reflecting on the previous sessions, it is evident that there is a solid progress of the global community toward ESD. There are lots of achievements, endeavors, programmes, policies and initiatives of the governments, international organizations, INGOs, NGOs that have to be recognized, replicated and more importantly shared. Nevertheless, the progress is still unevenly distributed and millions of the citizens of the world still face persisting challenges of living in abject poverty, facing social injustice, lacking educational opportunities, poor health, gender inequality, disparities between rural and urban development, climate change and unsustainable use of resources and many more.


Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September, 2012. Tbilisi, Georgia

The session will encompass discussions on such issues as, the increasing role of the media, ICTs and other innovative settings of learning, institutionalization of EE and ESD commitments at the national level, the leading role of governmental authorities toward ESD, the role of education in National Environmental Action Plans, international mechanisms for transferring knowledge, technologies and financial resources, perspectives for the expansion international educational exchanges and partnerships, incentives for tertiary educational institutions to join the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative and the issue to integrate EE and ESD in global education and development agendas, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Further, the session touch upon on monitoring mechanism of ESD, legal frameworks and relevance of feasibility study. The major goal of this session is to define pathways beyond 2014, discuss and agree on what efforts have to be ensured in order to fully capitalize on the global deliberations to progress toward ESD. . 6. Plenary Session VI: Adoption of the Draft Outcome Document Thursday, 7 September 2012, 15:00-18:00 This final session aims to summarize the work of the Conference and to reflect on its findings. All main issues raised and discussed on previous sessions shall be reproduced in the outcome document of the Conference. The preliminary Draft Outcome Document is prepared by organizers in close cooperation with the partners and respective international ESD experts from all parts of the world. The Draft Outcome Document, for participants’ input and recommendations has been uploaded to the official webpage of Tbilis+35. The final Draft Outcome Document reflecting all comments and proposals made before and during the Conference shall be discussed clause by clause during the final session and presented for adoption by the governmental delegations. The Draft Outcome Document shall be adopted and decision shall be made by consensus Adoption of the Tbilisi Draft Outcome Document will be followed by the closing ceremony of the Conference.


Annotated Agenda