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Home > Educating for Sustainability - Updated: 26-08-2002 11:16 am
Education is not an end in itself.  
It is a key instrument for bringing about the changes in the knowledge, values, behaviours and lifestyles required to achieve sustainability and stability within and among countries, democracy, human security and peace.

Hence it must be a high priority to reorient educational systems and curricula towards these needs. Education at all levels and in all its forms constitutes a vital tool for addressing virtually all global problems relevant for sustainable development, in particular poverty, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, knowledge formation and sharing, rural development and changes in production and consumption patterns.

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Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)@
In collaboration with the "Forum for African Women Educationalists" (FAWE), ESD conducted a study on economic activities and technology needs of women farmers and producers in Machakos, Kenya. >> More

Global Problematique Education Network Initiative (GENIe)
UNESCO launched the Global Problematique Education Network Initiative, otherwise known as GENIe, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (Ohio, USA). >> More

International Central-Asian Environmental Chair – Center of UNESCO Irkutsk Scientific Center RAS, Irkutsk, Russia
This chair is established within the Irkutsk Scientific Center RAS, and involved in international programmes and contribution to an effective development of the network of Chairs in the universities of Eastern Siberia and abroad. >> More

UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education towards Sustainability,
The purpose of this Chair is to take leadership in developing an international pilot network among existing teacher training institutions, based in part on the results of the UNESCO workshop held in Thessaloniki, Greece, in December 1997. >> More

Youth, Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles
In a joint project , UNESCO and UNEP seek to gain better understanding of young people’s consumption patterns and to work with them in promoting more sustainable consumption patterns for the future. >> More

A Dynamic Balance - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -The dynamic balance between cultural differences and this emerging global ethic is a key concept in educating for a sustainable future.More

Thinking about Forever - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -Underlying all our images of a sustainable future is the key principle that sustainability is about 'thinking about forever'.More

What is sustainable development ? - by UNESCO
01/06/2002 -The term 'sustainable development' was popularised by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in its 1987 report entitled Our Common Future.More

Educating for a sustainable future: action, commitments and partnerships@ (Summer Place, (located in Zone 1) - Johannesburg; 01-09-2002 10:00 pm - 02-09-2002 10:00 pm )
Parallel Event to the World Summit on Sustainable Development Organized by UNESCO and the South African Ministry of Education More

Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) - UNESCO
Launched in 1953, ASPnet promotes the ideals of UNESCO through a worldwide network which includes over 6,700 educational institutions ranging from pre-school education to teacher training in 166 countries.
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Educating for Sustainable Development (ESD) transdisciplinary project - UNESCO
Set-up in 1994 on an experimental intersectoral basis, as the principal mechanism within UNESCO to follow up the recommendations concerning education made by the major UN conferences of the 1990s and related international conventions.
>> More info   >> Go to website

Education for All (EFA) - UNESCO
Providing education for all citizens by 2015 is the aim of a comprehensive strategy of Education for All, adopted by the World Education Forum held in Dakar in April 2000 and based on six overarching goals.
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Environmental Education - UNESCO
The roots of education for sustainable development are firmly planted in environmental education, which in the early 1970s was given a powerful boost by the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972.
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Science and Technology Education - UNESCO
In a world increasing shaped by science and technology, education in these fields is a universal requirement for all citizens.
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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
A Multimedia Teacher Education Programme
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University Chairs (UNITWIN) - UNESCO
At the higher education level , the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme serves as a prime means of capacity-building through the transfer of knowledge and sharing in a spirit of solidarity with and between developing countries.
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Education for Sustainability - From Rio to Johannesburg: Lessons learnt from a decade of commitment - by UNESCO Education Sector
A report on the lessons learnt about the contribution of education to sustainable development over the decade between the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). More

arabch50.gifPopulation et perspectives de développement du monde arabe - by UNESCO
Le présent travail s'inscrit dans la suite de la carte de la population du monde "L'humanité sur la planète". More

Youthxguide50.jpgYouth Xchange - by UNESCO
This guide and website have been designed to serve as a tool kit to help trainers involve the largest possible number of young people in sustainable consumption efforts. More

Youth sust50.jpgYouth, Sustainable Consumption Patterns and Lifestyles - by UNESCO
This report reflects the results of the UNESCO / UNEP project on "Youth, sustainable consumption patterns and lifestyles", which was launched in March, 2000. More

cultures50.gifCultures of Populations, Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development - by UNESCO
This book analyses how sensitivity to socio-cultural knowledge is crucial for active participation thus creating the sense of belonging to policies and programmes that people can adopt as their own. More

sociocultural50.jpgSocio-Cultural Research on Information, Education & Communication and Advocacy - by UNESCO
This Practical Guide is a follow-up activity to a major UNESCO/UNFPA Project (Understanding Socio-cultural factors Affecting Demographic Behaviour and Implication for the Formation and Execution of Population Policies and Programmes), commissioned by UNESCO and undertaken by Aidcom in Malaysia. More

easy50.gifEasy Guide to Undertake Socio-Cultural Research - by UNESCO
The scope of this guide is limited to first time users in action-oriented participatory research. It provides the basic important concepts and tools for data collection and analysis for new and ongoing projects. More

cambiar50.gifCambiar es posible - by UNESCO
Este libro presenta propuestas sobre desarrollo sostenible, que nos hablan de cooperación, entre gentes del Primer y Tercer Mundo. More

americas50.jpgEducation for a Sustainable Future in the Americas - by UNESCO / OAS
This monograph was published as part of the activities of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997 - 2001 of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development. More

desafio50.gifLos Desafíos Ambientales - by UNESCO
La búsqueda de medios e instrumentos que faciliten acciones concertadas a todos los niveles para encontrar soluciones interdisciplinares e intersectoriales eficaces. More

educating50.jpgEducating for a Sustainable Future: A Transdiciplinary Vision for Concerted Action - by UNESCO
This document was prepared by UNESCO as Task Manager for Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, as a contribution to the Work Programme of Education, Public Awareness and Training of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The Work Programme "calls on UNESCO to take the lead in refining the concept and key messages of education for sustainable development". More

envandsociety50.gifEnvironment and Society: Education and Public Awareness for Sustainability - by UNESCO / Government of Greece
Proceedings of the Thessaloniki International Conference held in December 1997. More

wbank50.gifOrganizing Knowledge for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development - by UNESCO / World Bank
Proceedings of a Concurrent Meeting of the Fifth Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, "Partnerships for Global Ecosystem Management: Science, Economics and Law". More

poblacion50.jpgEducación en Población - by UNESCO
Se trata de una serie de textos destinados a la educación para la vida familiar en la escuela, elaborados por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia. More

analisis50.gifEl análisis Interdisciplinar de la Problemática Ambiental - by UNESCO
Este texto nace del encuentro de un equipo interdisciplinario. El objetivo que persigue es presentar, de forma articulada, los diferentes enfoques o perspectivas que pueden ser utilizados para interpretar un fenómeno o problema ambiental. More

enfoque50.gifLa Interpretación de la Problemática Ambiental: Enfoques Básicos - by UNESCO
Es un texto que tiene como primera finalidad introducir al lector en el enfoque sistémico, en la medida que tal modelo de pensamiento permite aproximarse a la cuestión ambiental, tomando en cuenta la complejidad de los sistemas naturales y sociales. More

primed50.jpgPRIMED, A Succesful Experience in Urban Intervention - by UNESCO
This book collates the experiences of some of the marginal districts of Medellin, Colombia, in the field of integrated territorial planning and management. More

belovedplanet50.gifMy Beloved Planet - by UNESCO
With humour, but with scientific rigour, his book sets out some of the complex problems related to the environment and population that affect the whole world. More

Education for sustainable development
UNESCO’s Vision and Perspective
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As the UN System’s principal organisation for Education, UNESCO will continue reinforcing its commitment to Education for All (EFA) and follow-up activities to the Dakar World Education Forum (April, 2000) through its vision of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This entails an integrated education approach to address inter-sectoral policies, strategies and programmes towards water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity (WEHAB) development.

Education and Sustainable Development: UNESCO’s Contribution to Agenda 21 - by
Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, on Education, Awareness and Training states:

Education is critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to . . . sustainable development. More

Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 "Promoting Education, Public Awareness and Training" - by United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
It provides an umbrella for all action related to education for sustainable development, including those foreseen by other UN conferences. More

International Directory on Environmental Education Institutions - by
This Directory provides an extensive list of about 600 environmental education training and research institutions around the world, comprising universities, research institutions, NGOs, training institutions, and others. More

prospect50.gifProspects - Quaterly Review of Comparative Education - by
Issue 113 - UNESCO 2000. Open Files, Education for Sustainable Development More

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UNESCO’s Vision and Perspective

Youth, Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles
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