Higher Education for Sustainable Development — Beyond 2014


  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•11•09    09:30 - 18:00

    UNU will organize the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 on 9 November 2014 at Nagoya University, in collaboration with UNESCO, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the UN Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative and the International Association of Universities.

    Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD 2005–2014), the conference will celebrate the achievements of various higher education initiatives throughout the Decade and review commitments to make more profound contributions to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) beyond 2014. The conference will highlight the major challenges and pathways for transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), with a focus on scaling up and mainstreaming innovative practices in learning and knowledge development and research. The conference will also be a follow-up to the engagement of HEIs at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative facilitated by a group of UN partner organizations.

    The conference will include high-level panel sessions that will focus on the major areas of significance for transformation of HEIs and on innovative ways they can advance sustainable development. These include the whole institution approach and engagement with critical sectors across boundaries.

    The issues explored in the panels will be the focus of detailed breakout sessions highlighting the significant contribution of HEIs to further promoting ESD beyond 2014 in the critical areas including; (i) advancing policy; (ii) transforming learning and training environments; (iii) building capacities of educators and trainers; (iv) empowering and mobilizing youth; and (v) accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level.


    9:30–10:30 Opening session*

    10:30–12:30 Session 1 – High-level Panels*

    Panel 1. The Whole-institution Approach

    Panel 2. Engagement Across Boundaries / Working with Critical Sectors

    12:30–13:30 Lunch

    13:30–14:45 Session 2 – Parallel Session I

    Area 1. The Whole-institution Approach

    Group 1. Bringing together learning and knowledge for sustainability – innovative institutional development

    Group 2. Assessment for sustainability

    Group 3. Transformative leadership

    Group 4. Capacity development for the whole-institution approach

    Area 2. Engagement across Boundaries

    Group 5. Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) – Sustainability Science and engagement with society

    Group 6. Working with different types of knowledge

    14:45–15:00 Coffee Break

    15:00–16:15 Session 3 – Parallel Session II

    Area 3. Working with Critical Sectors and Groups

    Group 7. Innovative learning with the private sector

    Group 8. Innovative learning with communities

    Group 9. Innovative learning with youth

    Area 4. Engagement with policies

    Group 10. Research priorities in light of the future Global Action Programme (including teacher education)

    Group 11. Science-policy interfaces for sustainability

    Group 12. Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) and the post-2015 agenda

    16:15–16:45 Break

    16:45–17:45 Session 4 – Reports from the Parallel Sessions and the Student Summit*

    17:45–18:00 Closing*

    *Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided in English and Japanese.

    Please note that the Student Summit will be organized by the Aichi Association of University Presidents in the afternoon at the same venue.

    The outcome of the conference will be reflected in discussions at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, which will be held in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, from 10–12 November 2014.


    For details including registration, please visit the website of the Conference. For inquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat at (heconference@unu.edu).

  • Toyoda Auditorium of Nagoya University
    Furoucho, Chikusa-ku,
    Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 464-8601, Japan