Three Terms and One Goal

In this website we recurrently use three terms - sustainable development, education for sustainable development and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The three have the same goal - creating a better world for this generation and future generations of all living things on planet Earth.

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Sustainable development (SD)

seeks to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses respect for all life—human and non-human—and natural resources, as well as integrating concerns such as poverty reduction, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security and intercultural dialogue.

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Education for sustainable development (ESD

aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills, perspectives and knowledge to make informed decisions and act upon them for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future. ESD helps the citizens of the world to learn their way to a more sustainable future.

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The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) (2005-2014)

for which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.

 

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