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30 to 31 May 2023 | By invitation only

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Climate change is a matter for all humanity, and its impacts cannot be addressed without the participation of all generations. In particular, young people are the least responsible for climate change, yet they bear the brunt of its consequences for the longest duration. Thus, it is essential to provide quality climate change education by reinforcing the capacity of educators and empowering youth in the efforts to address climate change.

Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Education and ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia will jointly organize the 2023 Incheon International Education Forum on 30-31 May 2023 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, under the theme of “Policies and Practices on Climate Change Education in North-East Asia”. The forum aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences focusing on climate change education and discuss how stakeholders can collaborate to provide effective climate education to the youth.

30 May 2023
  • Opening remarks: Ms. Miyoung Lee, President of Incheon East Asia Global Education Institute
  • Welcoming remarks: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of East and North-East Asia Office, UNESCAP
  • Congratulatory remarks: Mr. Chungsik Sin, Chairperson of Education Committee, Incheon Metropolitan Council
  • Keynote speech
    • Mr. Seonghoon Do, Superintendent of Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Education
    • Mr. Henry Gonzalez, Executive Director a.i., Green Climate Fund
  • Group photo
Session 1. Policies on climate change education

National policies and programmes on climate education will be presented by each country representative. The session will also discuss gaps and challenges in climate change education, including implications on education in the post COVID-19.

Session 2. Student-friendly climate curriculum and programmes

It is critical to convey youth voices to accelerate climate actions and integrate intergenerational thinking into climate change policies. In order to enhance youth engagement, schools should include well-developed climate change-related subjects in their curricula in a timely manner. This will enable young people to better understand and cope with the realities of the climate crisis. This session will discuss how curriculums address climate change and reflect its impact in a student-friendly way in NEA countries.


Session 3. Capacity building for educators

Educators should regularly reinforce their capacity to address climate change effectively and evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of climate change education. Session 3 plans to share information/experiences of capacity-building programmes for educators in each country and discuss gaps and challenges.

31 May 2023
Session 4. Climate education activities at a city and/or community-level

Young people can lead change and champion faster action with a greater ambition to tackle the climate crisis. This session will discuss how cities and local communities have been supporting climate education activities and empowering youth by engaging them in climate actions.

Session 5. Global developments on climate change education

This session will discuss how to take current climate change pledges to the national policies and classrooms and train educators on fast-moving trends, as well as how international organizations could support climate education programmes and activities.

Session 6. Ways forward: role of (sub-)regional cooperation in climate change education
  • Moderator: Mr. SungEun Kim, Economic Affairs Officer of East and North-East Asia Office, UN-ESCAP
  • Open discussion for follow-up activities, including the following:

          (1) Role of regional and subregional cooperation;

          (2) Support required from other countries and international organizations;

          (3) Recommendations for regional cooperation activities; and

          (4) Others

  • Incheon city office of Education
  • UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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