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ERIC Number: EJ1001378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-4082
ESD and the Rio Conventions
Sarabhai, Kartikeya V.; Ravindranath, Shailaja; Schwarz, Rixa; Vyas, Purvi
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, v6 n2 p181-190 Sep 2012
Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, a key document of the 1992 Earth Summit, emphasised reorienting education towards sustainable development. While two of the Rio conventions, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), developed communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) strategies, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) established their awareness raising, communication and education (ARCE) unit in the secretariat. The concept of education for sustainable development (ESD) largely evolved independently through the leadership of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has had, as yet, little impact on the programmes of the conventions. However, recent developments seem to lay the foundation for ESD to be integrated into the conventions. UNCCD has started infusing ESD thinking into its educational programmes. The recently concluded CBD Conference of Parties (COP 11) is important because it not only set education high on the agenda but also connected ESD with the CBD approach towards achieving its targets. Similarly, UNFCCC at COP 18 held at Doha saw 33 multilateral agencies announce the formation of the UN Alliance on Climate Change, Training and Public Awareness. The challenge for the ESD community is to carry this process forward and put in place institutional mechanisms to integrate ESD with the goals of the conventions as we move towards 2014 and beyond.
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Language: English
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