The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
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Building on the outcome of the first public hearing held last April, which focused on limitations and barriers, this event aims to explore innovative ideas to foster opportunities and overcome challenges for the implementation of a transformative education for sustainable development.
In particular, this public hearing seeks to address the following questions:
What is the state of play of EU initiatives and their implementation in Member States?
How can we turn good practices into a blueprint for sustainable and transformative education?
What are the key enablers needed for a sustainability education that helps implement SDGs at national and regional level?
Registrations will close on Monday 26 September 2022 at 10:00 CEST.
Education for Sustainable Development is recognized as an integral element of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on quality education and a key enabler of all other SDGs. Specifically, target SDG 4.7 aims to ensure that "all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development".
The objective of the EESC's own-initiative opinion on youth, education and sustainable development is to make recommendations for change, in order to:
analyse whether and how SDGs are embedded in the educational curriculum of the Member States;
examine whether the approach by the respective Member States can be considered as a transformative education for sustainable development which can lead to a sustainable future and detect the limitations and barriers to implement such an education on a national level;
provide recommendations to support the EC and MS on how to foster opportunities and overcome challenges to further develop youth policies while ensuring that education to sustainable development is mainstreamed from an early stage.
In light of the war in the Ukraine, the objective is not only to look at the ambition for a green and just transition but also to ensure that education contributes to the promotion of a culture of peace which is the core of the UN Agenda 2030.