On Monday, November 10, 2014, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan attended the opening ceremony of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  The theme of this year’s three-day conference, Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.

During today’s opening ceremony Crown Prince Naruhito gave a speech in which he noted:

“On our earth today, along with economic growth and increasing populations, we are also witnessing the advancing change of climate, loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources, increases in poverty and other problems.  For our children and theirs, we have three important tasks: protecting the Earth’s environment, which is the wellspring for ensuring lives abundant with blessings, treasuring the Earth’s limited resources, and achieving sustainable development.”