06.12.2011 - Education Sector

UNESCO shares sustainability success stories in Doha

©UNESCO/Namal KamalgodaCentral Highlands of Sri Lanka

UNESCO’s Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova will lead a discussion on “The Role of Education for Sustainable Development” at the 4th UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum (Doha, Qatar, 11 - 13 December).

UNESCO is the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) (2005-2014) and as such actively promotes the teaching and learning of sustainable development and related values and attitudes at all levels and in all types and settings of education.  

The UN Decade has led, among others, to 1,000 schools in China being designated as experimental schools for ESD, while the subject has been included in the country’s National Outline for Medium- and Long-term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020). ESD has also been included in national curriculum guidelines in Japan, where it is promoted through over 300 UNESCO Associated Schools. 

The UN Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), established in 2005, aims to improve understanding and relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. ESD contributes to this objective by teaching that sustainable development is a common goal that transcends cultural differences and frontiers, and educating people to work together towards this objective. In doing so, people must draw upon the resources and richness of their own cultures, local circumstances and environment. ESD seeks to encourage people, and in particular young people, to adapt their behaviour and consumption patterns to the demands of a sustainable future.

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