25 June, 2:00 p.m., Room A/B
Hosted by UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Sustainability as a concept is largely accepted by countries rich and poor, but the common practice seems to be: "Let’s get our economies going first – we’ll worry about sustainability later". Especially in fast-emerging economies with high productivity and a low-cost labor forces, environmental considerations are often neglected in favor of rapid growth. In industrialized countries, sustainability is often more integrated in learning and production processes. But everywhere, the working population remains a largely untapped resource to achieve the transition to green economies and societies.
Ideally, a qualified and well-informed workforce is the key to ensure the industry’s responsible use of our planet’s resources. Youth and adults must gain access to the skills and competences they need to face the demands of the 21st century green labor market. But in reality, environmental considerations are at the bottom of the list when it comes to satisfying one’s need for bread, butter and shelter. Reconciling competing economic aspirations of rich and poor countries in a global economy facing climate change, energy insecurity and ecological scarcity is one of the biggest challenges that need to be taken on.
Journalists are crucial in safeguarding balanced and unbiased information about energy, the environment, education and skills, and in sensitizing learners, workers and consumers to the change they can make.
Participants are invited to shape the debate on green skills for a low-emission economy with educators, policy-makers, industry representatives and education journalists.
Ghosh, Shoba Mishra
Director FICCI (Industry's Voice for Policy Change), India
Himmelrath, Armin (Moderator)
Freelance journalist, Germany
Chairperson of Community and Institutional Development (CID) Consulting, Egypt
Khambayat, Prof. Rajesh
National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Department of Education and Research, Bhopal, India
Head of theUNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Bonn, Germany
Global Head of People and Brand, SolarWorld AG, Bonn, Germany