The UN Conference of the Parties (COP27) has been in action since 6 November and continues until 18 November. The complexities of climate change require a holistic approach, which UNESCO provides though its longstanding expertise combining science, education, culture, and communication and information.

Today, from 4pm-5:30pm (Egypt time) UNESCO will organize a special ministerial session: Youth demand quality climate education.

The dialogue between ministers of education/environment and young people will address concrete ways to transform education to tackle climate change. Building on the commitments made by a number of countries at COP26 in Glasgow (November 2021), and at the UN Transforming Education Summit (TES) in New York (September 2022), COP 27 is a unique opportunity to focus on concrete actions on climate change education. 

Recalling Berlin Declaration on ESD (2021) which called for ‘climate action as a core curriculum component’, UNESCO organized a survey and series of consultations with over 17,000 young people from 166 countries as a part of its work to co-develop green curriculum guideline with young people. The report, Youth demands for quality climate education, will be presented on this occasion, and the dialogue between ministers and young people will be structured around the key findings.

As the way forward, calls for countries and key stakeholders to join Greening Education Partnership will be made.

Click here to watch the livestream to the event.

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