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Learning for the Future

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Germany

"Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that sounds abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into reality for all the world’s people."
(Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations)

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
(World Commission on Environment and Development 1987)

Logo for the UN Decade in Germany

The United Nations have proclaimed the years 2005-2014 as the World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, entrusting the coordination of the Decade to UNESCO.

"Sustainability" is the key political goal for the 21st century. It means that future generations should have the same chance of leading a fulfilled life as we have had. At the same time, the opportunity to live a good life must be more fairly distributed around the world for the people alive today. Sustainable development combines economic progress with social justice and conservation of the natural environment.

Sustainability is as pressing a task as it is a great one. It cannot merely be decreed from on high – it must be learnt. Education for sustainable development instills the competencies that are required if we are to build our lives in a manner fit for the future.

The aim of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development is to integrate the idea of a form of development which is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable into education around the world. Education for sustainable development is equally relevant to learning in kindergartens, schools, universities, further education and cultural institutions, or research institutes.

German portal for Education for Sustainable Development



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