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Gibraltar will enshrine in legislation a commitment to include learning about the climate emergency and climate justice as fundamental principles in its education policies. The commitment was made during a meeting at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

The meeting, entitled ‘Together for Tomorrow’, was a joint initiative by the UK Department for Education, Italy, UNESCO, Mock COP and Youth4Climate, and was co-planned and chaired by Professor Daniella Tilbury, Gibraltar’s Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations.

It brought together education ministers and ministers responsible for climate change from countries around the globe, alongside young people to discuss the crucial role of education in enabling positive climate action.

Education and learning are increasingly seen as key means for addressing climate change.

All participating countries were encouraged to pledge commitments to education for climate change and sustainability and to closer collaboration and alignment of policies between Education and Environment ministries.

“Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar recognise fully that climate education is a crucial component in the fulfilment of a pupil's rights to quality education,” Dr Cortes said in a video statement.

“Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar believes that learning about the climate emergency and climate justice have to be fundamental principles of education policy, and so will enshrine this in legislation in the coming months.”

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