UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Logo6 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland - Recognizing that moving towards green economies and societies requires appropriate knowledge and skills, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014). To ensure harmonious international coordination of the DESD, a UN Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for DESD was established under the leadership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Given the linkages of UN CC:Learn with work of the group, UNESCO invited UNITAR/UN CC:Learn to participate in the committee. By joining the group, UNITAR/UN CC:Learn will create linkages between the specialized work undertaken by the members and UN CC:Learn activities, which include support of five country pilot projects and compilation of a One UN Package of learning resources.

The five UN CC:Learn pilot countries include Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda. Starting in 2012, each country is developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. The Strategy seeks to identify, through a country driven process, short and medium term action to strengthen learning and skills development to address climate change and promote sustainability.

The overall goal of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort is directed to encourage changes in behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations. The UN Inter-Agency Committee that supports the activities of the Decade currently includes: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNESCO, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–HABITAT), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations University (UNU), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

UN CC:Learn is a One UN Initiative which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-based and sustainable learning to address climate change through collaboration involving UN agencies and international development partners. UN CC:Learn is included in the “One UN Climate Change Action Framework” of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) through the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP). To date, 32 multilateral organizations are collaborating in UN CC:Learn.

For more information please contact the UN CC:Learn Secretariat: uncclearn<at>unitar.org.