The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat was established with the aim of strengthening the role of education for sustainable development in human habitat and urban studies. The Chair programme creates opportunities for engagement of higher education institutions with citizens groups, local governments and other stakeholders by providing a platform for collaborative learning, research and action.
The UNESCO Chair is established at the Centre for Environment Education jointly with the
CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and has partnerships with ICLEI South Asia and Swedish International Centre for Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD), Sweden.
It aims to integrate the component of sustainable development in all studies dealing with human habitat; and to build capacity of future professionals to address urban sustainability related issues in innovative ways and by making right choices or decisions.
The UNESCO Chair is set up with the following Objectives to:
- To enhance the quality of discussion on sustainability issues in higher education programmes dealing with the human habitat.
- identify good practices/ case studies which can be included in curricula and teaching practice and to make these available through creating an interactive website
- identify partner institutions, individuals, faculty and students who could participate in such a programme
- facilitate a global level internet-based discussion on sustainability in the urban context