Congress Activities

Congress activities will center on one of the three cross-cutting questions.

The Congress-Space

“Hyper-space” is an ecological concept that refers to all of the niches or functions occupied by the various species within an ecosystem. In a similar sense, the Congress-Space will serve as the main hub of activity for the 5th World Environmental Education Congress. Five types of activities will take place there.

These will explore the three cross-cutting questions of the Congress.

1. Keynote conferences

Renowned speakers will speak to the theme of “Earth, our common home” and propose answers to three cross-cutting questions that underpin all Congress activities.

2. Thematic niches

The Congress-Space will feature a number of thematic niches. Based on a participatory approach, responsibility for each of these niches will be entrusted to a team of partners interested in playing an active role in the organization of the Congress. Each niche is dedicated to a specific theme and will include a series of presentations, round table discussions, poster sessions, workshops and other activities (see Types of presentation). These niches will serve as forums for discussion, information sharing and constructing responses to the three cross-cutting questions of the Congress.

3. Symposia

Through symposia, specific themes or issues will be addressed:

4. Political Forum

Conducted in panel format, this forum will focus on one of the three cross-cutting questions of the Congress, namely: How can environmental education influence public policies? More specifically, how can it prepare citizens to participate in public affairs and exercise a political role? How, in turn, can public policies foster the development of environmental education?
Five panels will bring together figures from various spheres of responsibility to debate this question through brief presentations and discussions with participants:

  1. Major international organizations to support environmental education;
  2. The national government agencies as levers of environmental education;
  3. City’s leadership in environmental education;
  4. Universities, more specifically departments of education science;
  5. Youth organization action in mobilizing and environmentally educating.

5. NGO Forum

This forum will allow non-profit organizations operating in the field of environmental education to showcase their programs, projects, productions and achievements. An area with a table will be made available to each NGO for a three-hour time block so that presenters may have the opportunity to meet and talk with Congress participants. All delegates will be encouraged to visit the information booths and interact with organization representatives. 

NGO Forum Schedule

Monday, May 11, 1:30 p.m.: Official opening of the NGO Forum in the presence of the participating NGOs.

Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, 8 :30 a.m.: NGOs will present their projects and achievements (in 3-hour blocks).

Wednesday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.: The NGO Forum wrap-up will take the form of round-table discussions.

The NGO Forum is presented by Recyc-Québec.