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Focusing on providing information to students from developing countries, ESE acknowledges the financial and organisational obstacles these students must often come to face. It is the belief of ESE that both universities and students can benefit through international engagement. A more culturally diverse range of international students will contribute to the continued exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between different universities and countries.

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

UNESCO ESD Youth Conference

The UNESCO ESD Youth Conference
 Application deadline 1 June
Program Flyer and terms of reference

The ESD Conference makes a call to youth leaders around the world committed to building a better future through education:

• Are you between 18 and 35 years old?

• Are you engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as an educator, trainer, member of a non-governmental organization, private sector professional, policy maker, researcher, or in any other capacity?

• Do you want to meet and collaborate with other ESD youth leaders from around the world?

• Do you have success stories or innovative initiatives to share, and wish to contribute to the global conversation on ESD?

• Do you want to add your voice to youth recommendations to be presented at the World Conference on ESD?

If you answer YES to these questions, you may be interested in taking part in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference in Japan!

When is the application deadline?
Please read the information on the following pages and send in your application by 1 June 2014 to join. 

What kind of application process is involved?

The application form is composed of 6 main questions and an optional video submission. Along with the usual required generic data.

How to apply?
Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

1) Application form 
Please complete the Application Form in English. The document file must be saved in Microsoft Word format with filename “LAST NAME_First Name_Country Name.docx” (in this format).

Download Application Form at:

2) Recommendation letter
: A letter from a head or officer of an ESD/youth-related organization or institution stating the applicant’s engagement and relevant competency in ESD. The letter must be written in  English and include contact information of the signatory (in any format, no longer than one page).

Please submit your application by email to esd2014@goipeace.or.jp
with the subject line “LAST NAME_First Name_Country Name.docx” (in this format).

Note: Please send only one email with both documents attached. Do not send your application more than once.

What is the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference about?
The UNESCO ESD Youth Conference will bring together 50 young ESD leaders from around the world in Okayama City, Japan on 7 November 2014
As a Youth Conference participant you will have an opportunity to exchange your ideas and experiences with peers. You will be able to discuss innovative approaches to ESD and ways to promote young people’s contribution and further involvement in the global ESD movement. And you will help elaborate commitments to future ESD actions. 

Conference participants will also be involved in developing recommendations for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from 10-12 November 2014. All Youth Conference participants will be invited to take part in the World Conference.

The Youth Conference is being organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, the City of Okayama and The Goi Peace Foundation.

Please see the Application Guidelines for the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference for further information, including timelines and selection criteria. 

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact:

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