Newsletter July 2021 #Sustainability4Ed

2021 HLPF for a sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Starting today, from 6-15 July 2021, the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will take place virtually and will be more accessible than ever before to support building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. Governments, UN agencies, and civil society will come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030.
This year, 43 countries are expected to present voluntary national reviews on their progress towards the SDGs. Check out the program to watch some of the discussions live and to participate in open side events.

2021 HLPF side events and webinar series hosted by IAU

Our partner institution, the International Association of Universities (IAU), will be at the 2021 HLPF. Check out the list of events and register here.
You can also join the ongoing IAU Webinar Series on the Future of Higher Education: short, medium and long-term perspectives. The next webinar on 13 July 2021 will focus on SDG 12 – Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns with speakers from the IAU Global Cluster of Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). Register for the event here.
York University´s UNESCO Chair serves as a focal point for SDG 4 in the IAU Global Cluster on HESD.

Register now! 1st Agriculture, Biosystems and Technology Conference hosted by Tarlac Agricultural University in the Philippines on 22-23 July 2021

On 22-23 July 2021, Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) will host the 1st Agriculture, Biosystems and Technology Conference (1st ABT Conference) ‘Scaling Up Innovative Solutions for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agricultural Transformation’, which will gather researchers, young scientists, academics, and other stakeholders to showcase their latest research and best concepts on the leading-edge agricultural innovations as an adaptive response and mechanism for the agricultural transformation.

Our UNESCO Chairholder Charles Hopkins will bring a greeting to the opening ceremony of the conference. Registration is now open. For questions, please contact Maria Elena Caguioa/Carlo Magno Sagun at cmsagun(at)

Call for book chapters: The roads to integrating sustainability in school leadership & teacher preparation programs (2022)

The new book project will offer promising ‘roads’ to those that prepare principals and teachers on the impact that the education process has in developing individuals for sustainable communities. This call is international in scope using as a baseline leader and teacher standards found in the U.S. and countries that imported a standards approach; UNESCO resources for educators who prepare the principals and teachers; the European Union approach to sustainable goals across 27 countries; and all relevant tools professors can and should be using in their preparation programs. We believe this can only happen by creating new learning processes within preparation programs so that education systems can be better equipped to shape the citizens of tomorrow. The book will be published through the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership’s book program.

Submit your proposal by 31 August 2021 here. Elements to Include in Chapter: abstract summary 2-3 sentences, 2000-word max. for the ‘roads’, New Times Roman 12 pt. font, practice actions conclusion(s). Send questions to RPapa(at)
Editors: Dr. Rosemary Papa, Dr. Anna Saiti, Faye Snodgress, Dr. Panagiotis Kaldis.
Call for papers: World Environmental Education Congress 2022 on 14-18 March 2022. Building bridges in times of climate urgency.

The World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) is the largest international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development, worldwide since 2003. Next year´s event will be held in a hybrid approach online and on-site in Prague (Czech Republic) on 14-18 March 2022.
It will focus on how environmental and an education for sustainability can contribute to connect the people and the planet. How can we support a more sustainable, equitable way of being in the world? IAU SDG 4 Cluster members Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University, South Africa) and Jana Dlouhá (Charles University, Czech Republic) will be involved as speakers/chairs.
The Congress aims to build bridges between different approaches to environmental education, education for sustainable development, researchers and practitioners around the world, formal, non-formal, informal, and community education, and national strategies in environmental education. Submit your abstract by 31 August 2021. Registration is open.

New publication: Roadmap for the RCE Community 2021–2030

The Roadmap for the RCE Community 2021–2030 serves to guide the RCE community’s collective actions towards the SDGs and the ESD for 2030 Roadmap at local, national and global levels during the period 2021-2030. The Roadmap presents the long-term vision and mission of the RCE community and highlights four strategic priority areas for the next years: serving as local and regional hubs for ESD and showing leadership for innovation, strengthening the association of RCE activities with SDGs and ESD framework, expanding knowledge sharing and outreach, and monitoring progress of RCE achievements.

New publication: Recovery, resilience and reimagining education in Africa

UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition is a multi-sector coalition to protect the right to education during unprecedented disruption from response to recovery. It was launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to support learning continuity, and has prioritized Africa in its operations. Today, the Coalition is working in 39 countries in Africa on 66 projects and with an additional 38 projects currently in discussion. More resources on educational challenges and opportunities for recovery in Africa are available here.

Where we work: mapping our global networks

Check out this new map that highlights our partner networks in 50+ countries, engaged in promoting sustainability as a purpose of education. These longstanding and trusted relationships are at the core of our efforts towards achieving the SDGs and the Global 2030 Education Agenda.

We invite our partners from the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (INTEI), the #IndigenousESD research network, and the SDG 4 IAU-HESD Cluster to help us in bringing this map to life by sharing contact information, video and photo links. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to unescochair(at)