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05.11.2021

Co-Chairs conclusions of Education and Environment Ministers Summit at COP26

Learn for our planet, Act for the climate.

Preamble

  • We, Ministers of Education and Ministers responsible for addressing climate change of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), jointly adopt this declaration on the occasion of COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • Recognising the critical role played by education and learning in the transition towards a climate positive future and the urgency of embedding climate considerations into all levels of education, we commit to collaborate and invest in education for a sustainable future.
  • Our commitment stems from evidence presented in the Sixth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirming the unequivocal human influence on global warming and the continued acceleration of global environmental degradation. 
  • In Glasgow we met to examine, how inter-ministerial cooperation can enhance multi-stakeholder partnership at the country level to bring socio-economic transformation for climate resilience.
  • Recalling Article 6 of the UNFCCC and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, we welcome the adoption of the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development as well as the Catania Declaration of G20 Ministers of Education that emphasize the importance of education to address the climate crisis and promote sustainability and the new COP26 work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment. We celebrate the organization of the Youth4Climate event in Milan, Italy, as part of the Pre-COP, and the Mock COP26 conference in 2020 underlining youth voices and activism in the face of the climate emergency.
  • We welcome the progress made in recent years to mobilize education to address climate change. However, we recognise the large remaining gaps in providing everyone with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to effectively participate in the transition towards climate positive societies. Recognising that climate change and extreme weather already impact the education system in developing countries, undermining children and teachers’ safety, and access to basic education. 

Our commitment

  1. We recognise education as a society-wide learning process that can equip everyone with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for urgent action to combat climate change.
  2. We commit to the integration of sustainability and climate change in formal education systems, including as core curriculum components, in guidelines, teacher training, examination standards and at multiple levels through institutions.
  3. We similarly commit to the integration of sustainability and climate change in professional training, public awareness and information activities, and other areas of non-formal and informal learning. We consider it crucial to support out of school activities geared towards sustainability.
  4. We commit to enhancing multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral collaboration with strong partnership between our education and environment sectors.
  5. We commit to working with and support the private sector to meet its responsibilities for green and carbon-neutral economies, which requires a workforce attuned to sustainability.
  6. We commit to working with diverse stakeholders, including young people, to ensure proposed policies and changes adequately respond to the needs and lived experiences of all communities.
  7. We commit to highlighting education and learning within adaptation efforts including national adaption plans (NAPs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures, and to increase our efforts to ensure that our education systems are resilient in the face of climate change. 
  8. We commit to taking the provisions of this declaration forward, including, as appropriate, through specific pledges within our respective mandates and in our areas of responsibility, taking into account our needs, capacities, available resources and national priorities, and as we continue our urgent work to meet the provisions of the Paris Agreement. We agree to review our joint commitment in advance of COP27.