Last April 6th, took place the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the European region of UNECE0, a step before the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the main instrument of the UN to monitor and review the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The HLPF is held annually at UN headquarters in New York and calls together all actors who play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Once completed, the Forum adopts policy statements that have been negotiated intergovernmentally.
CATESCO participated in the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development together with other civil society actors and representatives of governments throughout Europe. The final report of the Forum, as well as all the conclusions proposed during the day, become a relevant contribution for the world forum in July.
In particular, CATESCO attended the session on SDG 4. Quality education which mostly tackled Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key element for the 17 SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Global and regional policy actions were highlighted during the session about EDS, including the upcoming high-level meeting of education and environment ministers in Cyprus. It also illustrated how EDS strategies contribute to strengthening cooperation between education, the environment and other sectors in order to prepare learners for the future.
The session also mentioned the new UNESCO global report on education, Reimagine Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education, which CATESCO presented last March 21st in Barcelona with the collaboration of UNESCO.
Education must prepare students to navigate an uncertain future and help them create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Education systems urgently need to go beyond literacy and numeracy, and educate in values, knowledge and skills that promote peace, sustainable development, human rights and democracy. It is necessary to reconsider the purpose, the content and the very result of education itself. The purpose should be none other than to create peaceful, inclusive and sustainable futures for people and the planet.