Key Publications - ESD

On this page you can find key UNESCO publications on Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Education.

UNESCO roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development
The Roadmap explains the Global Action Programme’s (GAP) goal, objectives and priority action areas in order to enable strategic focus and stakeholder commitment, together with implementation and monitoring strategies.

GAP Information Folder
This comprehensive folder contains 13 information sheets on different aspects of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) and its key actors and partners. It aims to familiarize educators, learners and the general public with the GAP and advise them on how to spread the word.

Sustainable development begins with education: how education can contribute to the proposed post-2015 goals
This policy paper provides a succinct, evidence-based overview of the numerous ways in which education can advance the proposed post-2015 sustainable development goals. It underscores the notion that sustainable development for all countries is only truly possible through comprehensive cross-sector efforts that begin with education.

Shaping the future we want: UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; final report
This final DESD Global Monitoring and Evaluation Report (GME) provides an assessment of progress towards embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into education systems and into sustainable development efforts.

Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (6 languages)
Participants of thejavascript:void(0); UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, from 10 to 12 November 2014 adopt this Declaration and call for urgent action to further strengthen and scale up Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), in order to enable current generations to meet their needs while allowing future generations to meet their own, with a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development

Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development as follow-up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development after 2014
The document contains the proposal for a Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the comments and observations of the Executive Board thereon (endorsed by UNESCO Member States through the adoption of 37 C/Resolution 12).

Tomorrow Today
Building the sustainable world of tomorrow requires concrete action today. This book brings together views of many key stakeholders on how, through education, we can prepare a better future for all.

ESD+TVET: Promoting Skills for Sustainable Development
The leaflet explains and highlights the important role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for sustainable development.

Education for Sustainable Development - building a better, fairer world for the 21st century
The leaflet explains in a nutshell what Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is and why it is indispensable for a shaping a sustainable future.

Bonn Declaration
The outcome document of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Bonn, Germany 2009, including a call for action.

Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook: An issue’s guide for Education Planners and Practitioners
The guide provides an introduction and overview for education planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate change and climate change education, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as some broad political and economic principals.

Education for sustainable development: Sourcebook
The Toolkit is an easy-to-use manual for beginning the process of combining education and sustainability.

Education for Sustainable Development Lens: A Policy and Practice Review Tool
The ESD Lens is a guiding tool for reviewing and improving educational policy and practice using ESD perspectives. It seeks to assist Member States and stakeholders in undertaking a rapid review of existing education plans and strategies for formal basic education systems; to identify gaps and provide recommendations to address them.

Learning about Water: Multiple-Perspective Approaches
The Multiple-Perspective Tool is a valuable framework for teaching any sustainable development issue. The focus of this particular companion document is on applying multiple perspectives for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to freshwater issues.

Exploring Sustainable Development: A Multiple-Perspective Approach
The tool provides a multiple perspective approach to education. It is designed to help secondary students to understand and work with complexity.

National Journeys towards Education for Sustainable Development 2011 & 2013
These two publications present examples of ESD progress in countries from different world regions. The 2011 edition showcases ESD in Chile, Indonesia, Kenya, The Netherlands & Oman; the 2013 edition Costa Rica, Morocco, South Africa, Sweden & Viet Nam.

YouthXchange Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook
The guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. It takes into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges.

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