Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Germany: Building a Bridge to Nagoya
The UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) was instrumental in ensuring the inclusion of sustainability as a key value into educational strategies in German educational provision inside and outside the formal system. A broad coalition of players, including government officials from federal to community level, civil society organisations, the private sector and the media managed to sensitize decision-makers, researchers, activists and practitioners to put the objectives of the DESD into practice, as demonstrated during a national stock-taking conference in Bonn on 29–30 September 2014.
While praising the achievements of the DESD in Germany, participants also discussed follow-up activities for the next five years, including the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development, which is to be adopted by the World Conference on ESD in Nagoya (Japan) in November this year.
The Conference issued the Bonn Declaration, which affirms that “The end of the Decade is … the starting signal for further cooperation in orienting education systems towards the requirements of sustainable development”.