Launch of a Higher Education Initiative for Sustainable Development

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

During this Rio+20 side event, leaders of the international academic community will come together to announce a new Higher Education Initiative for Sustainable Development. The initiative will be facilitated by an umbrella of United Nations partner organizations.

The event will be organized by UN DESA on behalf of UN Academic Impact, UNEP, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, UN PRME, UN University.
Since higher education institutions educate and train decision makers, they play a key role in building more sustainable societies and creating new paradigms.

The initiative calls upon leaders of the academic community around the globe to commit themselves to fostering research and teaching on sustainable development issues, greening their campuses and engaging with international frameworks such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development for which UNESCO is the lead agency.


Type of Event Interagency meeting
Start 19.06.2012 12:30 local time
End 19.06.2012 14:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Leicht, Alexander
Organizer Office of the Executive Coordinators for Rio+20 in cooperation with UNESCO, UN Academic Impact, UNEP, Global Compact, UN-PRME and UN University
Contact Section of Education for Sustainable Development
Country Brazil
City Rio de Janeiro
Venue Room P 3-6 Rio Centro
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 DESD website
Link 2 UNESCO Rio +20 website
Link 3 UN CSD website with the Declaration
Link 4