The annual Almedalen Week in Visby

How do we build partnerships for addressing sustainability through education?

This year, SWEDESD hosted a seminar to explore what kinds of partnerships and cooperations might be promising entry points for strengthening education´s contribution to sustainable development.  

There is a global consensus on the importance to promote sustainability in the form of the global Sustainable Development Goals. But we need to move beyond institutionalised and compartmentalised approaches. For education this means that responses in formal education cannot be contained within the formal education system but requires cooperation with other stakeholder at the local, national and international level.

What can we learn from these partnerships? And how can we build on these insights in order to accelerate up-scaling efforts and to reform the implementation mechanisms by which we are to realise the Global Goals nationally and internationally?

Participating panelists:

  • Julia Heiss, Team Leader and Programme Specialist - Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Paris, France
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Jonas Carlehed, Sustainability Manager, Ikea
  • Helena Lundmark, Coordinator, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
  • Shepherd Urenje, Specialist, SWEDESD Uppsala University (moderator)

Contact Stefan Bengtsson, project coordinator, +46 18 471 8413, stefan.bengtsson@swedesd.uu.se

Previous seminars

In 2016, SWEDESD hosted a high-level policy related seminars on education’s role for achieving the UN Agenda 2030 with Irina Bokova, director-general, Unesco, and Gustav Fridolin, Swedish minister of education. The seminar raises questions such as:

  • What changes have to be accomplished in education in order to achieve the SDGs?
  • What kind of education and learning is needed to adapt to current and future global challenges?
  • What actions are needed in Sweden and globally to bring about these changes?

See also videos from previous years

  • Almedalen 2015: Skolans ansvar för ett hållbart samhälle –ett exempel på möjligheter och utmaningar

  • Almedalen 2014: Ledarskap bortom Pisa-paniken - hur kan skolan bli mer relevant?

  • Almedalen 2014: Dialog och lärande för en hållbar utveckling - Lansering av en handbok för deliberativ planering

  • Almedalen 2013: Tillväxtforum - går det att komma överens om Ojnareskogen?