At the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), held 31 March - 2 April 2009 in Bonn, Germany, it was announced that UNEP and UN-HABITAT would jointly co-Chair the UN Inter-Agency Committee on the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development from mid-2009.
The goal of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014, DESD), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort will encourage changes in behavior that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations. The rotating Chairmanship of the UN Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) will be jointly held by UNEP and UN-HABITAT from mid-2009. The IAC-DESD Annual Meeting for 2009 will thus be organized and held in Nairobi, under this Chairmanship. The event will take place 31st August- 1st September 2009. The three-day event will include a one-day symposium on the theme: Climate Change Education and Sustainable Cities. The event will bring together external experts, including resource persons from the East Africa region, to identify needs and demands at city level, and existing and possible UN agency responses.