Governments around the world have agreed to dramatic, radical Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Success will depend on the engagement of all citizens, who must understand the goals and what actions they should take to help change the world.
Jodrell Bank is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence. Photo courtesy of Jodrell Bank.
Hard Rain Project is the creation of documentary photographer, Mark Edwards. Together with writer and environmental adviser Lloyd Timberlake in the UK and environmental film-maker Dag Jonzon in Sweden, they work with world-renowned artists and scientists to bring alive the issues around sustainable development for students and public audiences.
The Whole Earth? Exhibition, created by world-renowned UK photographer Mark Edwards, is a unique example of artists and scientists working together on innovative exhibitions, books, films, talks and events to raise awareness of pressing global issues such as poverty eradication, environmental issues and climate change.
The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) honours exceptional efforts by individuals, institutions, organizations and other entities engaged in activities promoting ESD. Funded by the Government of Japan, it is endowed with USD 150,000 per year, to be divided between three recipients.
The Prize was established in 2014 in the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP). The GAP and the Prize aim to generate and scale-up ESD action at all levels and in all areas of education and learning, so as to accelerate progress towards sustainable development worldwide.
The UK National Commission (UKNC) works to support the UK’s contribution to UNESCO and bring the benefits of UNESCO to the UK. It is the hub for UNESCO-related matters in the UK.
The UKNC has four core priorities:
- We provide expert, independent policy advice to the UK and devolved governments on UNESCO related issues.
- We advise and support individuals and institutions in the UK, its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on accessing UNESCO accreditation and prizes and how to derive more value from their involvement with UNESCO.
- We support the UK Government’s agenda in helping UNESCO to become more effective.
- We act as a hub for the UK’s over 160 UNESCO designations.
In carrying out these roles, the UKNC relies on advice and support from its Expert Network including specialists in the fields of education, culture, the sciences and communication and information from across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.