(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
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
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
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