Education Ministers Announce "Bonn Declaration"

Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Education ministers from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany for three days to discuss the importance and ways of promoting education for sustainable development (ESD). One of the key outcomes is the "Bonn Declaration," a consensus statement from over 600 delegates to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The Declaration notes that a decade into the 21st century, the world faces "complex and interlinked development and lifestyle challenges," illustrated by global and financial crises highlighting the risks of "unsustainable economic development models and practices based on short-term gains."In response, it is essential for the world's political leaders and educators to invest in education for sustainable development, which is "critical for the development of new economic thinking." More

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