CAREC shared the experience in the field of Education for Sustainable Development in Geneva

Publication date: 26 April 2017

CAREC shared the experience in the field of Education for Sustainable Development in Geneva

April 19-21, 2017, CAREC participated in the workshop on “Building capacity of Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) countries in achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs”. Also, CAREC took part in the 12th annual meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on April 20-21 in Geneva, Switzerland.


The main purpose of these meetings was to assess a progress in the implementation of the UNECE Strategy for ESD, to review the results of the Batumi High-Level meeting of representatives of the ministries of education and the environment, to share experience on ESD among UNECE member countries on the implementation of the UNECE Strategy and discuss synergy and partnership opportunities between processes and organizations in the UNECE region. 

CAREC shared the experience in capacity building in the field of water resources, climate change, and green economy issues within the framework of CAREC mega projects and initiatives. In particular, CAREC projects "Smart Waters" funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), "Online module on SDGs for decision-makers in implementation of the Agenda 2030" with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as new projects of UNESCO and CAREC, aimed at implementation of SDG 4 "Quality Education" - "Sustainability Begins with Teachers in Central Asia" and "Reorienting Education and Training Systems to Improve the Life of Indigenous Youth" were presented. 

In addition, issues on synergy between environmental protection, SD and ESD, and partnerships between organizations in Central Asia was presented on the example of the Central Asian Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development (CALP), implemented in Central Asia from 2010 to the present, in cooperation and with the support of UNEP, the Government of Norway, the OSCE Centre in Astana, EU and USAID. 


CAREC acts as a facilitator of subregional cooperation on environmental protection and sustainable development, including ESD, for partnership and networking in Central Asia. 


- In 2005 in Vilnius (Lithuania) ministers and other senior officials of the ministries of education and environment protection from the whole UNECE region adopted the UNECE Strategy on ESD at their joint high-level meeting.

- The strategy is a flexible framework for implementing ESD, and needs to be adapted by countries based on their needs and priorities. The UNECE Strategy for ESD aims to encourage countries to integrate ESD into all forms of their education systems and cover all levels, from primary to higher, including vocational and adult education.

- CAREC has a unique mandate from five Central Asian countries and provides an opportunity to create a platform for inter-state and inter-agency dialogue, which allows the introduction of new knowledge and technologies in the region and contributes to the process of ESD in Central Asia. 

For more information, please contact Tatiana Shakirova, manager of the CAREC ESD programme, tel. +7 +727 265 4334 (ext. 120), e-mail:

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