source: EU Neighborhood Info Centre, 11-07-2013

More than 40 representatives of Ministries of Education, Ministries of Environment, regional and international organisations and NGOs from 14 Mediterranean countries met in the Croatian capital Zagreb on 17-18 June to work on the final draft of the Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The meeting, entitled ‘Strengthening Education for Sustainable Development policies in the Mediterranean’ was organised within the framework of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP).

The meeting was organised in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE), and the Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES).

The workshop focused on the principles of Sustainable Development, and enhanced participants’ knowledge of the main ESD initiatives, namely the UN Decade on ESD and the UNECE Strategy on ESD. Best practices drawn from successful experiences in formal, non formal and informal ESD in Croatia were explored, as Croatia implements a comprehensive ESD approach starting at pre-school level, encompassing university curricula and leading up to the sustainable development training of civil servants at local level. Concrete examples and paradigms for action were presented and discussed.

The politically significant part of the workshop focused on the discussion and finalisation of the fifth draft of the MedESD, which will now be brought for adoption to the Joint Ministerial Conference of Ministers of Environment and Ministers of Education on 21 October 2013 in Monaco.

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The Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) aims to … promote integration/mainstreaming of environment issues into other sector policies.