UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

English speaking Event: Our planet and its inhabitants are under increasing pressure: Human-induced climate change, limited and recklessly exploited resources, rising temperatures and sea levels, pollution and shrinking biodiversity are just a few of the issues governments and populations face around the world. The current Covid-19-pandemic amplifies existing weaknesses and challenges in our societies.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is crucial to empower people to have the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to meet these crises and other sustainable development challenges. The new ESD for 2030 framework provides us with an important opportunity to move away from the disastrous path of climate and other emergencies by transforming our societies through education.

The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will highlight the crucial role of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs, the COVID rebuilding process, and to create momentum for strengthening ESD in policy and practice.

When and where?

The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will be held as a virtual conference from 17 to 19 May 2021.

The conference is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with and generously supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as advisory partner.


The Conference will take place as virtual event per invitation only. All UNESCO Member States will be are invited to attend the event and nominate a delegation including participants from diverse backgrounds.

Some of the programme will be made available online to the public. Further information will be shared shortly on this website.


For additional information, please contact future.esd@unesco.org