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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
Kenya to host Africa conference on development goals 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- United Nations agencies will convene a three-day conference in Nairobi in December to support sub-Saharan Africa region with the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and urban communities through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The Dec. 7-9 conference, organized by UNESCO, UNHCR, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNFPA, UN-Habitat, and UNICEF and other partners, will discuss ways of accelerating sustainable solutions at local level.

“It focuses in accelerating sustainable solutions and scaling up ESD actions at local level in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking into account regional priorities in addressing sustainability issues, and the urban specificities in the region,” the UN said in a statement issued on Monday night.

The UN said the provision of ESD awareness to cities and local authorities through policy dialogue and exposure is expected to result in enhanced sustainable development learning opportunities for their citizens and non-citizens (such as refugees and migrants).

“This conference will work with cities and communities in sub-Saharan Africa, connecting the dots of other GAP (Global Action Program) areas: policy, capacity building, youth and others. It will also focus on youth, educators, formal and non-formal education,” the UN said.

According to the UN, Africa, one of the continents most vulnerable to climate change, is expected to face more frequent droughts, desertification, floods and more intense storms.

It said sea levels are rising in low-lying coastal areas, where large numbers of poor people tend to live, areas considered the most susceptible to climate change impacts.

According to the UN, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can help address several major needs in the region, especially by developing greater synergies between school and community and re-aligning education with local contexts. 

UNESCO is promoting the Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD, the official follow-up to the UN Decade of ESD, which aims at generating and scaling up ESD action at all levels and in all areas of education, and in all sustainable development sectors.

           

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