Mr. Mahesh Pradhan

UN Environment Programme

Invited Speech: Environmental education in addressing the triple planetary crises and sustainable development goals

Biography:

UN Environment Programme, United Nations

With nearly three decades of experience with the UN Environment Programme, Mr Pradhan was appointed as COBSEA Coordinator on 1 June 2022 and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. During 2019-22, Mr Pradhan coordinated UNEP’s global portfolio on sustainable nutrient management. Prior to this, he was based at UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Osaka, Japan, where he focused on holistic waste management, waste to energy, and disaster waste management. Earlier, Mr Pradhan served as head of UNEP’s global environmental and training unit, based at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya during 2011-2016.

Abstract:

Environmental Education has come a long way since the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, which is 50 years ago. With the adoption of Agenda 21 in 1992 in Rio, EE was highlighted in Chapter 35. Education also cuts across all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with the Transforming Education Summit taking place in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in September 2022. Education plays a foundational role in tackling the triple and interlinked planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, which in turn are linked to planetary and human health.

Abstract

Mr. Mahesh Pradhan

Environmental Education has come a long way since the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, which is 50 years ago. With the adoption of Agenda 21 in 1992 in Rio, EE was highlighted in Chapter 35. Education also cuts across all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with the Transforming Education Summit taking place in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in September 2022. Education plays a foundational role in tackling the triple and interlinked planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, which in turn are linked to planetary and human health.