Contents

I. Objective of the International Implementation Scheme 5

II. The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 6

A. Goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable 6 Development

B. Sustainability issues 7

C. Values 7

D. Linking the Decade to other international educational priorities 8

III. Responsibility for the Decade – a partnership/alliance approach 9

A. Partners 9

B. UNESCO’s leadership role 15

IV. Key milestones 16

V. Implementing the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable 16 Development

A. Seven strategies for moving forward 16

B. Putting the seven strategies into practice 22

C. Infrastructure to support the DESD 23

D. Resources for the DESD 24

Annex I – Background of Education for Sustainable Development 25 INTERNATIONAL IMPLEMENTATIOIN SCHEME

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014): International Implementation Scheme

I. Objective of the International Implementation Scheme

In December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution 57/254 to put in place a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), spanning from 2005 to 2014. UNESCO was requested to lead the Decade and develop a draft International Implementation Scheme (IIS) for the Decade. This document fulfils the request for an IIS and is the result of extensive consultations with United Nations agencies, national governments, civil society organizations and NGOs, experts and specialists.

Starting with an initial consultation with United Nations partners in September 2003, UNESCO shared a framework for the IIS worldwide. More than two thousand contributions were received, many of these representing the consolidation of opinions of hundreds. The draft Scheme was widely circulated and eventually reviewed by leading academics and experts in the field, before it was submitted, in July 2004, to the High-Level Panel on the Decade, which advises the Director-General of UNESCO on this topic. It was presented at the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, 18-19 October 2004), and then at the 171st session of the UNESCO Executive Board (Paris, April 2005).

The IIS sets out a broad framework for all partners to contribute to the Decade. It is a strategic document that focuses primarily on what nations have committed to achieve through the DESD and under UNESCO’s leadership. It summarizes the goals and objectives of the Decade, and its relationship to other key education movements. It emphasizes the importance of partnership in the eventual success of the Decade and outlines how these might contribute at all levels – community, national, regional, and international. It outlines UNESCO’s leadership tasks. The IIS also lists key milestones for the DESD. It then lays out seven strategies for moving forward with ESD and describes how this wide range of partners can develop contributions based on their particular contexts. Those not familiar with the background of the Decade or Education for Sustainable Development are referred to Annex I of this document, which provides a succinct summary of key trends as well as other important background information.

The IIS should foster collective ownership of the DESD. The IIS describes pathways forward in the hope that it will stimulate imagination, creativity, and energy to make the DESD a success. It is envisaged that regions and nations will create plans, strategic approaches, and timetables on the basis of the framework provided by this International Implementation Scheme.

5 UN DECADE OF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

II. The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

A. Goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development is a complex and far-reaching undertaking. The environmental, social, and economic implications are enormous and touch many aspects of life of the world’s population. The overall goal of the DESD is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort will encourage changes in behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.

The basic vision of the DESD is a world where everyone has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation.

The primary goal for the DESD is laid out in the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 59/237 in which the General Assembly “encourages Governments to consider the inclusion … of measures to implement the Decade in their respective education systems and strategies and, where appropriate, national development plans”. Furthermore, the General Assembly “invites Governments to promote public awareness of and wider participation in the Decade, inter alia, through cooperation with and initiatives engaging civil society and other relevant stakeholders, especially at the beginning of the Decade”.

Within the broad goals established by the General Assembly, subgoals for the DESD at the national level are to:

联合国教育促进可持续发展十年国际实施计划(2005-2014)

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