Educating for Sustainable Living with the Earth Charter
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)

Description/achievement of initiative

General goal
"To provide education and training for local leaders and communities regarding the fundamental principles of sustainable development, and how to incorporate these principles into decision making processes. The Earth Charter will be employed as the primary educational instrument in this process. Toward this end the Earth Charter will be integrated into professional training and community development programs as a guiding framework for implementing sustainable development."
Specific objectives
 Train community development leaders in utilising the Earth Charter as an educational tool for educational reform towards a more just, sustainable and peaceful world;
 Integrate the Earth Charter into the curriculum of education systems;
 Develop new curricular and educational materials that use the Earth Charter as the framework for understanding and promoting sustainable development.


Government of Costa Rica - Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education
Government of Mexico - Ministry of Environment, SEMARNAT
Government of Niger

Major Groups:
Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development (Costa Rica)
Association for Sustainable Human Development (Armenia)
League for the Defense of the Environment (LIDEMA) (Bolivia)
Paulo Freire Institute (Brazil)
RAED-Arab Network for Environment and Development (Egypt)
Soka Gakkai International (Japan)
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (Jordan)
Humane Society of the United States (United States of America)

UN System:
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (France)

Consejo Nacional de Desarrollo Sostenible (Honduras)
Consejo Consultivo para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Mexico)

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