|It is not the UN DESD
document that will change the world, but the process
it has initiated must.
Through a widening process, we encourage others
to make their contribution to this living document
and the continuing processes it supports.
The UN DESD processes must include as many inhabitants
of the world as possible, and must support people
to develop the capacity and skills to engage with
the issues and risks relevant to their situation
The UN DESD must engage with the environment
in its totality, including the pressing social,
economic, political and biophysical challenges
our planet faces, and help develop the capacity
to overcome these.
The limits of the life support systems must be
recognised, respected and accepted in economic
The UN DESD must be guided by principles of the
rights of all life on earth, justice and equity.
Issues related to health, discrimination and
gender must be addressed in a spirit of respect
It must be recognised that while there are some
basic universal values, there are many others
which are culture-specific. ESD must empower communities
to engage in an ongoing dialogue to decide which
values or modifications in them will prevail.
Prevailing values which have promoted unsustainability
are supported by existing systems. Therefore,
these systems must be addressed through ESD.
Contents and methods of transacting values must
be determined through dialogue and discussion,
rather than by governments and experts.
The narrow log-frame approach to evaluation currently
indicated in the document is limiting, and may
even inhibit the potential of the Decade. The
evaluation criteria listed to not do justice to
the overall objectives of the Decade. We need
to find new, different and creative ways to determine
if the processes that we see as essential to ESD
have, in fact, taken place.
The Ahmedabad Conference sees the need to reach
out to other stakeholders and a wider audience
so as to achieve the objectives of DESD.
We support the participation of youth in developing
the implementation plan for the Decade, with the
belief that they are uniquely equipped to do so,
and urge the system to facilitate these inputs.
As the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
commences and we proceed on our widening journeys,
we are aware of our responsibilities as inhabitants
of Planet Earth. We recognise that we will be
confronted by many diverse challenges and are
determined to meet these in a spirit of commitment
and goodwill, and encourage others to do the same.
here to view the UN DESD Draft International Implementation