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  UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 – 2014)

At the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in September 2002, a recommendation was made to the UN General Assembly to adopt a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

On December 20, 2002, the UN General Assembly adopted, by consensus, a resolution establishing a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). The resolution designates the ten-year period as 2005-2014, and proclaims UNESCO as the lead agency to promote the Decade.


The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development aims to promote education as a basis for a more sustainable human society and to integrate sustainable development into education systems at all levels.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development is an opportunity to remind everyone – children, youth, adults – that the sustainable development agenda is in fact an agenda for all of us. It is about the way we live our lives, the way we respect the lives of others – far and near, present and future – and our attitudes to the world around us.

Education for sustainable development is not a new programme but a call for a process to re-orient educational policies, programmes and practices so that education plays its part in building the capacities of all members of society to work together to build a sustainable future.

Thus, the focus of DESD activities will be advocacy, communication and networking directed at facilitating all educators to include sustainable development concerns and goals in their own programmes. Success during this decade will require commitment from and partnerships between UN agencies, Governments, scientific communities, teachers, NGOS, local communities and the media for a common, sustainable future.

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This conference has been undertaken with part financial support of the
Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA)