4th Intl. Conference on Environmental EducationIn partnership with UNESCO Headquarters, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the government of India, and hosted by the Center for Environmental Education, Ahmedabad, India, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized the 4th International Conference on Environmental Education, which took place on 22-30 November 2007 in Ahmedabad, India. More than 1,200 participants from 80 countries attended this meeting. They represented the environment and health sectors, civil society, the corporate sector, universities, governments, UN agencies and other societal actors. The conference provided a platform to share experiences and best practices, and to exchange ideas and information, about ongoing and planned initiatives in environmental education (EE) and ESD. The participants also discussed the challenges for EE as a champion of ESD and explored and established partnerships to further the cause of sustainability across all sectors of the international community.
During the working group session “Teacher Education: A crucial contribution to the UN DESD”, the Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC, Rupert Maclean, presented a keynote presentation on ‘TVET Teacher Education Towards Sustainability in the Asia-Pacific Region: Main International Issues and the Activities of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre’. In his presentation, he referred to the educational needs of the changing world of work and the challenges TVET faces in meeting the primary goals of the DESD. Among other things, the workng group identified issues and concerns in the field of TVET teacher education, especially regarding the role of TVET teachers/trainers in fostering ESD through partnerships with the industry sector.
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