The Decade

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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade - March 31 to April 2 2009, Bonn, Germany.  See the Bonn Declaration adopted at the conference (with participants from over 150 countries) by clicking here.


In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development to begin on January 1, 2005. The Decade emerges from a series of international conferences, declarations and initiatives beginning with the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and culminating in the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.

UNESCO, the Decade's lead agency, has described the four major thrusts of education for sustainable development in a "Framework for a Draft International Implementation Scheme" for the Decade:

» The promotion and improvement of high quality, relevant basic education;

» The reorienting of existing education policies and programs to address the social, environmental and economic knowledge, skills and values inherent to sustainability in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner;

» The development of public understanding and awareness of the principles of sustainable development;

» The development of specialized training programs to ensure that all sectors of society have the skills necessary to perform their work in a sustainable manner.

The Framework states that "the focus of DESD activities will be advocacy, communication and networking directed at facilitating all educators to include sustainable development concerns and goals in their own programs" (UNESCO, July 2003). Visit the webpage for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.