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Education International
7th World Congress | Ottawa 2015

Unite for Quality Education

Better Education for a Better World


1.9 Education for sustainable development

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1. Considering that there is  an urgent need to stabilise the world’s environmental situation, marked by climate change at an unprecedented pace, a serious loss of biodiversity and the scarcity of water resources caused by human activity;


2. Considering also that a change of direction is needed in order to achieve a sustainable development model fit to meet present needs without endangering the capacity of future generations to meet their needs;


3. Recognising that education for sustainable development (ESD) is recognised in numerous intergovernmental agreements as being essential to implementing sustainable development ;


4. Recognising also that the Comité syndical francophone de l’éducation et de la formation (CSFEF) recommends  the  formal integration of  sustainable development education and   training in government strategies and action plans on sustainable development and  would like ESD  to play  a major role in education, and be integrated as a cross-cutting theme in school  and after-school programmes and activities.


5. Recalling earlier resolutions adopted by  Education International, notably:    

  1. The Resolution on Education for  Sustainable  Development  at the Fourth World Congress of Education International held in Porto  Alegre,  Brazil, in 2004;
  2. The  resolutions on  education on climate change at the Sixth World Congress, held in Cape Town,  South Africa, in 2011;


6. Considering that the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) concluded, at  the UNESCO World Conference on  ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, with an invitation to governments to  intensify efforts to strengthen the integration of ESD in education and training policies ;


The Congress urges States:


7. To  take note of  the Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on ESD and implement  its recommendations;


8. To implement, at their level, the Global Action Programme  on Education For Sustainable  Development  as a  means of  ensuring their follow-up to the United Nations Decade  of Education for Sustainable  Development after 2014,  as approved  by  UNESCO  Member States,  the  aims and objectives of  which are as  follows:

  1. Redirect education and learning such that everyone is given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required to be able to contribute to sustainable development;
  2. Give a bigger role to education and learning in all action plans, programmes and activities aimed at promoting sustainable development.


9. Congress encourages EI affiliated organisations to raise their members’ awareness of environmental issues and take steps in order to :

  1. Integrate ESD into trade union action and demands;
  2. Lobby governments to meet their responsibilities.


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