This meeting focuses on the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in the Asia-Pacific region. In this region, climate change already has an impact on changing weather patterns and consequently on peoples livelihoods and lives. There is evidence of prominent increases in the intensity and frequency of many extreme events such as heat waves, tropical cyclones, prolonged dry spells, intense rainfall, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and severe dust storms in the region. Furthermore, the region is highly subject to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. Such impacts pose additional risks for already vulnerable communities striving to combat poverty and achieve sustainable development.
The meeting would set the stage for UNESCO’s action in support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region for the remaining years of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and beyond. The meeting will develop recommendations and a plan of action to promote education as an important means to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development in APA countries.