Building capacities for genuine development of peoples in the region

December 14-15, 2010 Manila, Philippines

  1. Background

    Climate Change is in our midst. Its impacts are predicted to aggravate the already dire situation of majority of Asia-Pacific peoples.

    The urgency of addressing this global public policy issue has been much deliberated. Yet, close to two decades after the UN framework, concrete and effective cross cutting solutions are still to be agreed. Sustainable development has been proposed and adopted, yet our peoples ask if this is ever pursued or patently misappropriated.

    Meanwhile, peoples continue to struggle for their survival.

    If peoples are to effectively respond to the situation, climate change and environmental education that is truly enlightening, empowering and liberating must be shared by all. This is not only for the pursuit of sustainable lifestyles, because the region’s poor majority has barely enough to live, but to widely and indefatigably build capacities to pursue genuinely sustainable development.

    It is in this context that we revisit the state of climate and environmental education. Running midstream of the current Decade of Education for Sustainable Development(DESD), and nearing twenty years of the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, and the deadline of the Kyoto Protocol, we hope to see where we are, how much more do we have to go and outline what we can and should really do.

  2. Aims:
    1. To create a venue for sharing of the latest results of climate change and biodiversity negotiations
    2. To provide a forum to share on regional impacts of global warming and reflections, experiences and learning in environmental education
    3. To promote accomplishments and breakthroughs in environmental education work
    4. To gather recommendations and a resolution to bring climate change and environmental education better attuned to the needs and desires of our people in addressing environmental challenges