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The Four Nations Education for Sustainability Conference 2017


At the end of the UNESCO Decade of ESD there was a committment to continue to share good practice between the four nations of the UK, however, with the Coalition government dropping England's Sustainable Schools agenda there was no financial support to deliver the recommendations.

As a consequence MEEN organised a conference with the aim of discovering how the four countries have maintained, sustained or improved the field of Education for Sustainability and to enable continued learning from each other’s policy and practice. 

The end of the UNESCO Decade of ESD was marked by a summary report on ESD in the UK (2013) and to further encapsulate the developments up to 2017 MEEN has produced the Four Nations Education for Sustainability Conference report reflecting what was shared, learned and explored throughout the conference.

This short film, which has captured the event, was kindly made by the University of Manchester.

Unfortunately, due to matters beyond her control, Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice Chancellor at UWTSD, was unable to join us on the day. However, she contributed to the occasion by creating a bespoke film updating the audience on Welsh developments since 2013, including the world's first Well Being of Future Generations Act (2015). 

In addition we were very pleased to welcome Moira Nash who joined us from UNESCO in order to launch the 'Good Practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies', which provides useful information in current developments across the four countries.

MEEN would like to thank LUSH, Unicorn Grocery and the Fairfield Trust for supporting us to make this event happen.

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