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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Monday, September 18 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Responsible Education for Sustainable Future (181002)

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 "Responsible Education for a Sustainable Future" refers to an educational approach that aims to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes needed to address the complex environmental, social, and economic challenges facing our world.
 It focuses on integrating sustainability principles into all levels of education to create environmentally conscious, socially just, and economically viable societies for the long term.
Key elements of responsible education for a sustainable future include:
  1. Holistic Understanding: Education emphasizes the interconnections between environmental, social, and economic systems, promoting a holistic view of sustainability.
  2. Critical Thinking: Learners are encouraged to think critically and analytically about global challenges, exploring their causes, impacts, and potential solutions.
  3. Active Learning: Education involves experiential and active learning methods, such as project-based learning, field studies, and simulations, fostering a deeper understanding of sustainability concepts.
  4. Interdisciplinary Approach: Sustainable development is inherently interdisciplinary. Education encourages collaboration between different disciplines to address complex issues effectively.
  5. Ethical Awareness: Learners develop an understanding of ethical considerations related to sustainability, promoting values such as equity, social justice, and responsible decision-making.
  6. Problem-Solving Skills: Education equips individuals with problem-solving skills to innovate and find creative solutions to sustainability challenges.
  7. Empowerment: Learners are empowered to take action by engaging in sustainability projects, community initiatives, and advocacy efforts.
  8. Global and Local Perspective: Education considers both global and local sustainability contexts, acknowledging that solutions need to be tailored to specific regions while addressing global concerns.
  9. Long-Term Thinking: Education cultivates a long-term perspective, encouraging individuals to make choices that consider the well-being of future generations.
  10. Partnerships: Collaboration between educational institutions, governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities is essential to effectively address sustainability challenges.
  11. Lifelong Learning: Responsible education recognizes that sustainability is an ongoing journey requiring continuous learning and adaptation.
  12. Resilience and Adaptation: Education prepares individuals to adapt to changing environmental and societal conditions, promoting resilience.
  13. Cultural Awareness: Sustainability education respects diverse cultural perspectives and integrates traditional knowledge systems when appropriate.
  14. Resource Stewardship: Education emphasizes responsible resource management and consumption patterns to ensure the availability of resources for future generations.
  15. Leadership: Responsible education nurtures sustainability leaders who can drive positive change in various sectors.
The goal of responsible education for a sustainable future is to create informed, engaged, and empowered individuals who can contribute to building a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient world.
It requires a commitment from educational institutions, educators, policymakers, and learners to embrace sustainability as a guiding principle across all levels of education.

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Usha Iyer

Founder Director and principal, The Green School Banglore School, Banglore India
I am Usha Iyer, an experienced educator with a passion for sustainability and the future of education. With over four decades of experience in the field, I have dedicated my career to teaching children about the importance of sustainability and empowering them to become responsible... Read More →
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Vaishali Parikh

Principal, Mount Litera Zee School Ahmedabad, India
Mrs. Vaishali Parikh is a visionary, leader with a love of life and passion for commitment to excellence in education. With a profound 18 years of experience in multiple roles as Educator, Administrator, and founder Principal of Anand Niketan Bhadaj Campus, Ahmedabad.As an educator... Read More →
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Rekha Verma, PhD

Associate Professor, Uttranchal University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.
In a world where rapid technological advancements, shifting societal dynamics, and environmental challenges have become the norm, Dr. Rekha Verma is a visionary leader for sustainable education and emerges as the beacon of hope and progress. As a leader she is driven by a profound... Read More →

Shweta Frederick

Green Teacher, St. Thomas Girls Sr. Secondary School Delhi.
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Sonal Mehta

Teacher, Podar Educational Network Mumbai
(a non-profit trust) as a Good Translator & Editor of spiritual and holy books from English to Gujarati.   An avid volunteer in non-profit initiatives like climate change, green school and other socio-economic activities. A recipient of various awards during college, social and cultural... Read More →

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Virendra Rawat

President, Green Mentors
Virendra Rawat is the originator of the Green School Concept that accepts responsibility to the pupil and planet through conscious education. His conscious education concept has transformed more than 2,000 Schools and Universities into Green schools and Green  Universities, accelerating... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT