Education fo Sustainable Development in the Post-DESD Educational Agenda

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Friday, 31 May 2013, 11:00 - 12:30
Education for Sustainable Development in the Post-DESD Educational Agenda

Stephanie Hodge
Programme Specialist, Cross-Sector Coordinator, Education Division, UNICEF

Venue: Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama

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Event Description
Event language: English

Education and learning are critical for societies that aim at resilience, justice, decent quality of life and low carbon development. As the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD 2005–2014) comes to an end, it is important to ensure that education for sustainable development (ESD) maintains a place of priority in development strategies.

This seminar will enable participants to share their views on targeted communications and education in the post-DESD development agenda. Views shared at the seminar will be compiled and offered as input to the 2013 International Steering Committee meeting for the DESD post-2014 planning, the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Committee on DESD chaired by UNICEF, the launch of UNICEF’s Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Resource Manual in September 2013, the Post 2015 dialogues in UNICEF co leadership on Education for Sustainable Development with UNESCO.



11:00 - 11:05 Opening Remarks
11:05 - 11:30 Education for Sustainable Development in the post-DESD Educational Agenda
Stephanie Hodge (Programme Specialist, Cross-Sector Coordinator, Education Division, UNICEF)
11:30 - 11:40 Commentary: Research agenda on ESD-policy to practice – inter-organizational networks
11:40 - 12:30 General discussion: Targeted communications and education messaging in the post DESD 2014–and 2015 Development Agenda
⇒ How do we communicate effectively the joint ESD advocacy work and research?

⇒ How do we prepare the right messages for the different audiences to influence the Post 2014 Decade and the Post-2015 development agenda and beyond for optimal implementation?

⇒ What are key actions to better communicate the research agenda to ESD policy agenda?
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Speaker's Biography

Stephanie Hodge is a Programme Specialist responsible for Cross-Sector Coordination in UNICEF's Education Division. Prior to this, she held positions providing multi-sector support to UN agencies and programmes. Hodge worked for UNDP in Indonesia and New York in the area of education and as a Knowledge Network Facilitator. She worked as an advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction in various countries, including Southern Sudan, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Vanuatu. From 2008-2011 she supported UNEP to develop a new strategy for Environmental Education.

Hodge has consistently advocated for inter-sector planning as a pathway to sustainable development. Hodge has MPA-MC-Environmental Science for Policy, Harvard University (2006), MA in International and Comparative Education, University of East Anglia (1997) – in which she undertook applied research on Basic Education with indigenous groups in Botswana and Northern Canada. Hodge completed full time postgraduate studies in economics and politics at Carleton University (1989-1990), and holds undergraduate degrees from Memorial University concentrations in education and geography. She studied Environmental Leadership at Berkeley 2002 and Natural Resource Management/ Environmental Economics at the World Bank and CIHEAM, Spain 2003.

Hodge’s current academic interests include climate education and anthropology and resilience, synergies /inter-linkages in education as it related to climate change, environment protection and development, democratic governance, conflict prevention and disaster risk reduction.

Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS at unuias[at] or 045-221-2300.

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