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International Conference on Climate Change Education

International Conference on Climate Change Education
7 & 8 May 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

   
Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Bin Hj. Yahaya, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia giving the opening speech   Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste representing the Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Audrey Azoulay, delivering the opening address
 
     
H.E. Frederic Laplanche, French Ambassador to Malaysia delivering his speech   Dato’ Dr. Samsudin Tugiman, Chairman of ISTIC Governing Board giving the opening address
 

The International Conference on Climate Change Education was successfully held on 7 and 8 May 2018 at Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The conference was aimed to discuss on how to achieve SDG No. 4, Quality Education, SDG No. 13, Climate Action and SDG No. 17, Partnership for the Goals. The international conference focused on integrating climate change education in the curriculum, best practices and resources for learning within the context of the UN SDG 13 “Climate Action” which recognises the importance of education in its target 13.3 and indicator 13.3.1. 

The two-day conference had the support of the UNESCO, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry of Education (MOE), LAMAP Foundation, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), French Embassy, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, Inter-Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP), ECO Science Foundation and Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. This conference was jointly officiated by Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Bin Hj. Yahaya, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Ministry’s Hon. Minister and Dr. Shahbaz Khan, the Regional Director of Science Bureau for Natural Science for Asia and the Pacific, representing H.E. Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO. 

The conference was attended by 127 delegates comprised of policy makers, government officers, academia, lecturers from 20 countries - Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Zimbabwe. They were 63 males and 64 females.

The Conference started with a special address by H.E. Nico Barito, Special Envoy of President of Seychelles for ASEAN Countries and Director of Regions 20 Asia-Pacific who spoke about the blue economy practiced in Seychelles. This was followed by two scene setting lectures by Prof. Pierre Lena of La main a la Pate Foundation  and Dato’(Ir) Lee Yee Cheong of ISTIC. Prof. Lena presented the current scenario in climate change – outlining the challenges facing the world, its impacts particularly on the poor, the need to transform consciousness, understanding, the will to act among the population and youth to address climate change through climate change education.  Dato’ Ir Lee Yee Cheong stressed on the importance of STEM education in developing the human capital especially for south countries. This is particularly applicable in equipping young people with the ability to understand and think critically and make decisions based on evidence. 

The plenary sessions focused on the role of national governments, academia and STI community; sustainable development practices and institutions and resources.  It included a video message from Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of the United Nationss Office for South-South Cooperation. 

The Conference started with a special address by H.E. Nico Barito, Special Envoy of President of Seychelles for ASEAN Countries and Director of Regions 20 Asia-Pacific who spoke about the blue economy practiced in Seychelles. This was followed by two scene setting lectures by Prof. Pierre Lena of La main a la Pate Foundation  and Dato’(Ir) Lee Yee Cheong of ISTIC. Prof. Lena presented the current scenario in climate change – outlining the challenges facing the world, its impacts particularly on the poor, the need to transform consciousness, understanding, the will to act among the population and youth to address climate change through climate change education.  Dato’ Ir Lee Yee Cheong stressed on the importance of STEM education in developing the human capital especially for south countries. This is particularly applicable in equipping young people with the ability to understand and think critically and make decisions based on evidence. 

The plenary sessions focused on the role of national governments, academia and STI community; sustainable development practices and institutions and resources.  It included a video message from Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of the United Nationss Office for South-South Cooperation. 

The Conference recognized the urgent need to act in addressing the challenges through climate change education and concluded with some recommendations and actions plans which call for the need to sensitise policy makers, politicians and national governments on the importance of climate change education and that national academies of science should take the lead.  Climate change education must be integrated across school curricula and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) which promotes analytical and critical thinking should be adopted as the teaching approach. Teachers play a vital role and their capabilities to deliver effective teaching must be strengthened while open resources be made available to assist them. Efforts must be taken at engaging the   science museums and science centres for out-of school activities while the community and youths must be involved in finding innovative solutions to the challenges. The recommendations also called for the need to engage industries to promote awareness and provide inputs for best practices. UNESCO and other international organisations such as the International Council for Science (ICSU), Inter-Academy partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP), International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC)  must actively engage  in promoting climate change education and network with the Office for Climate Education (OCE) in Paris.  The Conference also stressed on the importance of follow-up events to be initiated by ISTIC in collaboration with stakeholders   befitting its role as an international platform for south-south cooperation 

A poster exhibition highlighting ISTIC’s development and activities throughout 10 years was also held alongside the International Conference.  Two memorandums of Understanding were signed between ISTIC and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC and between ISTIC and the Forum of Small Medium Economic Africa ASEAN (FORSEAA). 


Participants and officials viewing the poster


Prof. Pierre Lena delivering the scene-setting lecture


Plenary session


Final session, the Panel on Recommendations and Action Plan

 
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