Within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), in particular following up on 34C Resolution 19* (Further promotion of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development), UNESCO, the lead agency for the DESD, has been collecting good practices in ESD as part of its clearinghouse role. Since 2007, UNESCO has published a number of collections in its Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Good Practices series, focusing on:
UNESCO has also set up an online database on Climate Change Education (CCE). It provides easy access to hundreds of CCE resources, including good practices, teaching and learning materials, scientific articles and multimedia material from around the world. A similar type of database for biodiversity education resources will soon be made available. Some more than 200 learning materials and resources have already been identified in this field.
As part of the preparations for UNESCO’s participation in and contribution to the Rio+20 conference, UNESCO collected ESD success stories, written up by local journalists, and widely disseminated them in particular through the ESD website.
Furthermore, through the DESD Monitoring and Evaluation process, examples of good practice initiatives have been collected. In particular, examples of ESD teaching and learning approaches were illustrated through an expert review of processes and learning for ESD. The 2012 report on the DESD, Shaping the education of tomorrow, refers to and analyses numerous good practices in ESD.
Successful education and learning initiatives that articulate strong links between cultural, socio-economic and environmental aspects of sustainability were also collected and analysed through an intersectoral project , see also here.
Good practice projects were also selected and presented at the World Conference on ESD (2009, Bonn, Germany) and subsequently made available online.
Finally, as part of the final assessment of the DESD and based on the results of various surveys, it is planned to assemble short ESD country web profiles to be included in the DESD website.