International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014
9 Nov 2014
Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan
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Marking the final year of the DESD, the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education beyond 2014 will celebrate achievements and review initiatives that have been developed throughout the DESD and, more specifically, since Rio+20. This Conference offers a good opportunity for individual HEIs and higher education networks review commitments, set new goals and develop new strategic partnerships as required. Alignment will be sought between HEIs actions and initiatives and other follow-up activities to the Decade, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development agenda; the key role of higher education has to continue to play to achieve sustainable development will be stressed forcefully.
The Conference will balance the celebration of deserving innovations in the field of higher education with further demands for HEIs to make more profound contributions to achieving sustainable development through transformative changes in the vision, leadership, knowledge structure, in relation to other systems of knowledge, and engagement with significant stakeholders. The Conference will highlight the major challenges HEIs face in up-scaling and mainstreaming new and innovative practices in learning and knowledge development, and in creating a conducive environment for supporting required transformative processes.
Since the UNESCO World Conference on ESD will be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 10 to 12 November 2014, the Conference will be organized in Nagoya immediately before this major event. It is aiming at making a concrete contribution to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD from the perspective of the HEIs. It also follows up on the engagement of HEIs with the Rio+20 Conference recommendations and initiatives, including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) facilitated by UN partner organizations and other partner institutions.