Ten Years of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development

Evaluation Report on the Implementation of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development from 2005 to 2015

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The present report summarizes the progress, challenges and achievements of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) member States from 2005 to 2015 in achieving the Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Many ECE member States now have ESD policies and frameworks in place to support ESD implementation. Hundreds of initiatives have been launched to integrate ESD into the content and processes of formal, non-formal and informal education, moving from policy to practice. However, the challenge of integrating ESD system-wide across all aspects and levels of formal, non-formal and informal learning still remains. The report reviews the data collected through national implementation reports submitted by member States at the end of the third phase of the Strategy, as well as supplemental information provided by member States to the ECE secretariat through annual informal national reports and reports of ECE Steering Committee for ESD working groups. It also reflects on progress as compared to the first and second evaluation reports for 2007 and 2010. The primary audience is education and environment decision-makers and educators.




Today’s world is facing some of the most serious challenges in human history. With the rapid depletion of the Earth’s resources, the ongoing degradation of land, water and air, and the loss of species and ecosystem biodiversity, it will become increasingly difficult to support a prosperous, secure and equitable life for people on the planet. This alarming situation is being intensified by a changing climate, with scale and impact hard to predict in the medium and long term. Our vulnerability in the face of these worsening environmental conditions is compounded by the increasing disparity between rich and poor, the growth in global population and urbanization, and the loss of personal security in many countries. Now more than ever, education has a critical role to play, not only in providing learners with knowledge and skills to address these challenges, but also in promoting the values that will instill respect and responsibility towards others and the planet itself.


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