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Eighteenth meeting of the UNECE Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development

25 - 26 May 2023
Palais des Nations (Hybrid), Room VII Geneva Switzerland

The Committee is expected to address:
- Outcomes of the Third High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries (Nicosia, 5 October 2022);
- Implementation of the UNECE Strategy for ESD, including progress in implementing the Strategy; outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event “Unleashing the power of youth through       education: sustainable solutions for a better future” (28 March 2023) organized in the framework of the Forum, and other;
- Updates on the outcomes of the work of the Ad Hoc Groups on Strategic Planning and Indicators;
- Preparations for the next mandatory reporting cycle (2021–2025) under the Strategy;
- Planning of capacity-building activities for facilitating national reporting on implementing the new implementation framework of the UNECE Strategy for ESD;
- Adoption of the final draft of the workplan;
- Proposal for developing an outline of activities for implementing the 2nd strand on the whole institution (school) approach outlined in the draft workplan;
-  Draft concept note and planning of the first capacity-building activity to be organized in 2023 or 2024 under the Swiss project (2023–2025) on implementing the 4th strand on “Entrepreneurship, employment, innovation and ESD” of     the implementation framework ;
- ESD and youth: update on the activities of the UNECE for ESD Youth Platform held since the previous meeting and plans for the future;
- Recent activities to promote ESD in other international forums and other current issues according to the agenda.

.. And other issues as set on the agenda (see the agenda uploaded under item 1)

Agenda Item 1: Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

40381 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/1 - Annotated provisional agenda for the eighteenth meeting _ 376484 _ English _ 773 _ 377699 _ pdf
40381 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/1 - Annotated provisional agenda for the eighteenth meeting _ 376484 _ French _ 780 _ 377700 _ pdf
40381 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/1 - Annotated provisional agenda for the eighteenth meeting _ 376484 _ Russian _ 864 _ 377701 _ pdf

Agenda Item 2: Outcomes of the Third High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries (Nicosia, 5 October 2022)

Agenda Item 3 (a) (b) and (c): Implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

40662 _ Georgia interventon under Item 3a _ 379384 _ English _ 773 _ 383486 _ pdf

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

40662 _ Netherlands intervention under Item 3a _ 379385 _ English _ 773 _ 383487 _ pdf

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

40662 _ Netherlands intervention under Item 3a (Part 2) _ 379386 _ English _ 773 _ 383488 _ pdf

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

(a)    Progress in implementing the Strategy: update on the most recent developments (policies, actions, programmes, initiatives) at the national level;
(b)    Regional framework of cooperation for sustainable development: outcomes of the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and of the side event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the Forum and in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
(c)    Participation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development in the online side event “The future of regulation in the pan-European region: horizon-scanning for a sustainable and equitable future” (5 April 2023) leading up to the seventieth session of the Commission: Digital and green transformations for sustainable development in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe (18–19 April 2023).
 

Agenda Item 4: Update on the outcomes of the work of the Ad Hoc Group on Indicators:

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

The final draft of the Format for reporting on the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (2021–2025) and guidance for working with indicators.

40663 _ Mr. Paul Vare - The UNECE ESD Reporting Framework 2021–2030 _ 379218 _ English _ 773 _ 383008 _ pptx

Agenda Item 6: Planning of capacity-building activities for facilitating national reporting on implementing the new implementation framework of the UNECE Strategy for ESD (2021–2030) along the four priority strands

Agenda Item 7: Adoption of the final draft of the workplan for the implementation of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development from 2021 to 2025

40666 _ Revised document as of 23 May 2023 _ 379021 _ English _ 773 _ 382570 _ pdf
40666 _ Revised document as of 23 May 2023 with track changes _ 379022 _ English _ 773 _ 382571 _ pdf

Agenda Item 8: Proposal for developing an outline of activities for implementing the second strand on the whole institution (school) approach outlined in the draft workplan

Information paper No. 4: Outline of practical steps for implementing the workplan activities/outputs on strand 2 on the whole institution approach and education for sustainable development

Information paper No. 4: Outline of practical steps for implementing the workplan activities/outputs on strand 2 on the whole institution approach and education for sustainable development

Information paper No. 4: Outline of practical steps for implementing the workplan activities/outputs on strand 2 on the whole institution approach and education for sustainable development

Agenda Item 9: Draft concept note and planning of the first capacity-building activity to be organized in 2023 or 2024 under the Swiss project (2023–2025) on implementing the fourth strand on “Entrepreneurship, employment, innovation and ESD”

Agenda Item 10: Education for sustainable development and youth: update on the activities of the UNECE Education for Sustainable Development Youth Platform held since the previous meeting

(a)        Briefing on youth involvement in the Nicosia Ministerial Conference (side events, declaration, other meetings) organized during the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference);

(b)        Establishing an expert body drawn from youth representatives under the supervision of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development: Proposed terms of reference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Youth Task Force on Education for Sustainable Development;

(c)        Draft plan of activities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Education for Sustainable Development Youth Platform for 2023.

(a)        Briefing on youth involvement in the Nicosia Ministerial Conference (side events, declaration, other meetings) organized during the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference);

(b)        Establishing an expert body drawn from youth representatives under the supervision of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development: Proposed terms of reference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Youth Task Force on Education for Sustainable Development;

(c)        Draft plan of activities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Education for Sustainable Development Youth Platform for 2023.

(a)        Briefing on youth involvement in the Nicosia Ministerial Conference (side events, declaration, other meetings) organized during the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference);

(b)        Establishing an expert body drawn from youth representatives under the supervision of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development: Proposed terms of reference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Youth Task Force on Education for Sustainable Development;

(c)        Draft plan of activities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Education for Sustainable Development Youth Platform for 2023.

Agenda Item 11: Recent activities to promote education for sustainable development in other international forums

40670 _ UNESCO - Education for Sustainable Development for 2030 _ 379216 _ English _ 773 _ 383006 _ pdf

Agenda Item 12: Participation of the Steering Committee in upcoming regional and international forums

Agenda Item 14: Planning of publications for 2024 on education for sustainable development from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe region.

Agenda Item 15: Status of the trust fund and resource requirements

Agenda Item 16: Forecast of official documents for the nineteenth meeting of the Steering Committee, to be held in 2024

Agenda Item 17: Calendar of meetings

List of Participants

Decisions of the 18th meeting of the Steering Committee on ESD

Report

58736 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/2 - Report of the Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development on its eighteenth meeting _ 388886 _ English _ 773 _ 410006 _ pdf ece_cep_ac.13_2023_2.e.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 90.15 KB) docx
58736 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/2 - Report of the Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development on its eighteenth meeting _ 388886 _ French _ 780 _ 410008 _ pdf ece_cep_ac.13_2023_2.f.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 113.74 KB) docx
58736 _ ECE/CEP/AC.13/2023/2 - Report of the Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development on its eighteenth meeting _ 388886 _ Russian _ 864 _ 410010 _ pdf ece_cep_ac.13_2023_2.r.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 98.54 KB) docx