Opening Session 29 June 13:30-15:30:

Moderator: Katarina Gårdfeldt, Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology

Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, Professor at University of Gothenburg and WEEC2015 co-chair

Mario Salomone, Assistant Professor at the University of Bergamo and WEEC Secretary General

Pam Fredman, Professor and Vice-chancellor of University of Gothenburg

John Holmberg, Professor and Vice President for Chalmers University of Technology – The role of Universities in the transition towards sustainability

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO – Video message

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations – Video message


Moderator: Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University, UK

Arjen Wals, Professor: Transformative Learning in Vital Coalitions for Socio-Ecological Sustainability


Plenary Session 30 June 11-12:

Moderator: Mónika Réti, Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development

John Siraj-Blatchford, Honorary Professor at Plymouth University, UK – Early Childhood Care and Education for Sustainable Development (ECCESD)

Pete Milne, Environmental Education Consultant/Trainer, over 20 years of international teaching experience  – Turning Waste into Treasure: A Child’s Perspective on Looking after Planet Earth


Plenary Session 30 June 16-17:

Moderator: Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Rivers State University of Science and Technology and Founder, ANPEZ Center for Environment and Development

Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Center on ESD at the University for Peace – The power of Dialogue, Visioning and Collaboration: an Earth Charter experience of Teaching and Learning

Marianne Krasny, Professor and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University – Can People and the Planet Develop Together?


Plenary Session 30 June 17-18:

Moderator: David O. Kronlid, Research leader SWEDESD, Sweden

Panel Discussion: The Global Action Programme on ESD – Global, Regional and National Perspectives. “Everything you’d wish to know about the GAP but were reluctant to ask!”


Alexander Leicht, Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO – The GAP, what is it and where it is now?

Zinaida Fadeeva, Dr. and Senior Specialist, Strategy and Policy for the ESD Programme United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) – Global Strategies for implementing GAP – What can universities and RCEs do with and for the GAP?

Sylvia Utete, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe – What can countries do for implementing the GAP? The case of Southern Africa.

Uranchimeg Tserendorj, senior officer, Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia – What can countries do for implementing the GAP? The case of Mongolia.

Lisa Emelia Svensson, Dr and Ambassador for Ocean and Seas, Sweden – What is Sweden doing for and with the GAP?

Organizers: Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sida, Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SWEDESD, WWF Sweden, UHR/The Global School


Plenary Session 1 July 11-12:

Moderator: Machtelijn Brummel, senior policy-advisor, in the Dutch program “Learning for Sustainable Development” – Duurzaam Door

Victoria Wyszynski Thoresen, Associate Professor and Director of the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living at Hedmark University College, UNESCO Chair for Education for Sustainable Lifestyles – Moving into higher gear - Expanding Environment and Sustainability in Education using a Lifestyle Approach


Plenary Session 1 July 16-17:

Moderator: Peter Blaze Corcoran, Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education and Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University

Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor and Chair of Environmental Education, and Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University – ‘With people and planet in mind’ – Expanding human activity for sustainability and equity through transgressive learning and social change



Closing Plenary Session 2 July 10:30-12:30:

Session Moderator: Rebecka Hallén, Project Manager WEEC2015, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology

Panel Moderator: Frans Lenglet, Former Director of SWEDESD

Panel Discussion and Conclusions: A Decade has ended. What was planted? What still needs planting and cultivating? And what may need uprooting?


Alexander Leicht, Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO

Mahesh Pradhan, Chief of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU)

Judy Braus, President of North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director of CEE, India

Oluwafunmilayo Oyatogun, Founder of Wahamba (formerly Bailiff Africa)

Ingrid Moum Rieser, Course Coordinator at Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Swedish Youth Representative at the DESD conference in Nagoya

Next Congress: Mario Salomone and the next WEEC organizer

Final Remarks: Arjen Wals and Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson



N.B: This programme may be subject to change.