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Education should play big role in sustainable development: Experts

7 February 2011

The ‘Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in support of Cultural and Biological diversity’ was opened by Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s Advisor for Cultural Affairs, on Monday.

Key officials of the Education Ministry, which is hosting the event together with Unesco, said the conference was aimed at helping educational systems to promote international efforts to reduce the conceptual gap between culture and nature. 

Those attending the inaugural session included Education Minister Yahya bin Saud Al Sulaimi and Unesco Director-General Dr Irina Bokova. Sulaimi, in a speech, described the meeting as the sultanate’s “contribution in the International Year of Biodiversity, the International Year of Rapprochement of Cultures and the International Year of Youth (IYY)”.

Preserving the planet’s biodiversity, he stressed, was one of the fundamentals of sustainable development. Education played a vital role in this context as a tool in confronting the main problems related to water, energy and climate change, as well as mitigating the effects of disasters and loss of biodiversity, food shortage and health hazards, he added.

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