The global perspective

ESD included in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals for post-2015

ESD is clearly seen as a component in the proposed post-2015 sustainable development agenda. At its last session in July 2014, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) proposed 17 goals to reduce poverty, promote global prosperity, and advance social equity and environmental protection post-2015.

Proposed Goal 4 (the post-2015 education goal) seeks to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all". While proposed Goal 12 aims to "ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns"; and Goal 13 states the need to "take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts".

ESD is included in three proposed targets to help achieve these goals:

  • First, "by 2030 ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development".
  • A second ESD-related target proposes to "ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature" by 2030.
  • And finally a third target suggests to “improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning” in order to help combat climate change.

Full list of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals

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