International Conference, 1 – 3 November 2010, CEE, Ahmedabad, India
  Education for Sustainable Development-2  
  Plenary 5 began with Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE drawing the attention of participants to the need to appreciate diversity of opinions and perspectives in relation to context. Taking the example of the Indian saree which is a length of fabric that can be worn in a range of different styles according to the preference of the wearer, he pointed out that ESD has to be adapted to suit the local situation and context.

Prof. Ryokichi Hirono from SEIKEI University, Japan showcased the initiatives of universities in Japan and spoke of how the EC framework was promoted to seek value-based education in the curriculum. He appealed for more financing mechanisms and innovative approaches to promote and support ESD. Bernard Holland from International Eco Schools, spoke about eco-school networks across the globe. Mr. Manuel Obrigon, Minister of Culture, Costa Rica , shared his thoughts on culture, heritage, education and the environment. He asked participants to recognize culture as an important value that was central to promoting the cause of ESD. Mr. Hemant Sahai from VIT university representing the youth spoke about their roles and responsibilities in taking ESD forward. He said that youth believed in moving forward and practicing viable actions.

The plenary concluded with the presentation of a film clip on ‘Journey of the Universe' by Mary Evelyn Tucker.