IAU session at the UNESCO - World Conference 2021: Putting ESD into action - in Higher Education


IAU was invited by UNESCO to moderate and suggest speakers for the session concentrating on higher education's role for ESD and the link to the UN SDGs. "Session 12. Concurrent sessions: Putting ESD into action (part B)" is took place on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. 

University representatives presented their whole of institution approaches to sustainable development and the role of associations and alliances in technical support, mutual learning, and knowledge sharing. Building on the discussion in previous sessions, this session focused on concrete ESD actions that can be undertaken by specific stakeholder groups around the five Priority Action Areas of ESD for 2030 and provides best practices and tools that can help the work of the stakeholders.

• Ms Hilligje Van t Land, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU)

Part 1:
• Ms Katja Brundiers, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States (recorded video)
• Mr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand
• Mr Bruno Nkoumakali, Director-General, National School of Water and Forestry, Gabon
• Mr Philip McGowan, Chair, SDG Committee, Newcastle University, and Co-Chair, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the SDGs Network, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Part 2:
• Mr Sam Barratt, Chief, the Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit and Co-Chair, UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
• Ms Jonghwi Park, Head of Academic Programme Innovation and Education, United Nations University
• Ms Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
• Mr Slim Khalbous, Rector, the Francophone University Agency (AUF)

Official Conference website with full programme here: https://en.unesco.org/events/ESDfor2030

More information and Recording

A resource document for the session can be found here (pdf): https://www.iau-hesd.net/sites/default/files/documents/highered_wc-esd_backgroundinformationsession19052021.pdf 

Find the recording here (HigherEd starts at 2:18h) https://youtu.be/9AP71iTLlJg?t=8320 

Latest update: 23.11.2023