The IAU 2014 International Conference on Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development took place in Iquitos in March. The IAU thanks the Universidad Cientifica del Peru, host to this important event, and most specifically Professor Saldaña, Rector UCP and IAU Deputy Board Member, and his staff, for their invaluable contributions to the success of this event.
In preparation for the Conference, the IAU drafted a first version of the IAU Iquitos Statement on Higher Education for Sustainable Development. The second Draft prepared on the basis of debates at the Conference is published online for broad consultation. Comments and suggestions can be voiced through the IAU global portal on HESD.
Once finalized, the Statement, designed as one of the Association’s contributions to the UN - Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, will be presented at the UNESCO 2014 World Conference on ESD in Aichi Nagoya, Japan, in November 2014, along with the IAU Global Portal on HESD. The Conference presentations and related documents are now available on the Conference web pages. Presentations from speakers from around the world debated key issues pertaining to the broader theme of how to better blend HE and TK for SD. The outcomes of the Conference help define IAU’s position with regard to the Post-2015 Agenda.