UNEP and Achim Steiner Participate in the 7th World Environmental Education Congress
On June 12, 2013, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, delivered an address to the opening plenary session of the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Congress–a joint effort of the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, and the Kingdom of Morocco–brought together 1,800 participants from over 100 nations to discuss the topic “Environmental Education in Cities and Rural Areas: Seeking Greater Harmony.”
Steiner noted, “Environmental education is about knowledge and empowerment–the knowledge and power to understand, the knowledge and power to make connections. With the work of the Foundation and the leadership of His Majesty and HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, there is great momentum in making environmental education part of the ethic, part of the development discourse, part of the public debate of the future of Morocco’s development strategy.”
Steiner met with the Environment Minister of Morcco and HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa to promote environmental cooperation in the context of the Congress. This collaboration follows an Memorandum of Understanding signed between UNEP and the Mohamed VI Foundation, which is led by Princess Lalla Hasnaa. During the Congress, UNEP also held side events on the Global University Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), a major initiative by UNEP to mainstream environmental and sustainability-related practices and curricula by innovating in education.
Coverage of the Congress is available from the UNEP News Centre.