Sharing experience today for tomorrow

November 12, 2014
TAKING STEPS FORWARD: Mindjov and Szigeti-Bonifert met with the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova (middle), to discuss major global challenges.

The REC, with contribution from the Italian Trust Fund, organised a side event in the framework of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development on November 10, 2014 in Nagoya, Japan. Speakers and participants (H.E. Laszlo Palkovits, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary; H.E. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education and Sport, Albania; H.E. Vesna Vucurovic, Minister of Education, Montenegro; Stefania Romano, Director of the Italian Trust Fund at the REC; Yoshiaki Ishimoto, Toyota Motor Corporation; Valery Hashem, Executive Coordinator, AL SAAD Foundation; Dr Ali Al Kandari, Professor, AL SAAD Foundation; and Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director of the REC) agreed on the importance of interdisciplinary partnerships, which is a cornerstone of successful ESD solutions at national and regional levels. A follow-up roundtable discussion between the speakers and audience explored the contributions of the respective stakeholders to the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD, especially with regard to Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Conference also hosted a Japanese presentation on the Green Pack, giving a full picture of the background and methodology of the REC's multimedia educational package. During his speech, Professor Ryo Fujikura, member of the Board of Directors of the REC introduced the REC and praised PPP with Japanese companies like Toyota Motor Corporation, SANYO and Sumitomo Chemical, which have contributed in many ways to REC operations and projects.

During the conference, REC delegates Marta Szigeti Bonifert and Kliment Mindjov met with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to discuss regional and global challenges.

The Green Pack was selected as one of 25 good ESD practices. An exhibition stand and posters promoted the following REC ESD solutions and tools: Sustainable Development Academy, Green Pack, Educational Reforms through ESD, the Europe China Clean Energy Centre (institutional capacity building) and the Tom Garvey Young Environmental Leaders Programme.