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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a key element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its aims form one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG 4 - Target 4.7) and it is considered a driver for the achievements of all 17 SDGs.
ESD empowers everyone to make informed decisions for environmental integrity, economic viability and just society for present and future generations. It aims to provide the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to achieve progress on the sustainable development challenges captured in the SDGs. It also helps develop competencies that are relevant to a variety of different SDGs.
Complementary to the UNESCO guidance document - Education for Sustainable Development Goals - Learning Objectives, this resource website/bank is designed for educators, education planners and practitioners and includes hundreds of materials and resources detailing how best to integrate ESD into teaching and learning in order to achieve the targets of the SDGs. You will find pedagogical resources, ideas for classroom activities, multimedia education resources and good practices for each of the 17 SDGs. The resources are structured along with three education levels: early childhood care and education, primary education and secondary education.
UNESCO promotes ESD through the Global Action Programme (GAP) launched at the 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. It focuses on generating and scaling up ESD action at all levels and in all areas of education, and in all sustainable development sectors. Adopted in 2015, the 17 SDGs, with their 169 targets, provide the context for further upscaling and mainstreaming ESD.
To help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children living in poverty, have the capacity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities.
We promote societies whose individuals and institutes participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.
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For more than 110 years, we have built bridges between cultures and continents to promote peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, provide access to clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people including children die every year from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater. Drought in specific afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Fortunately, there has been great progress made in the past decade regarding drinking sources and sanitation, whereby over 90% of the world’s population now has access to improved sources of drinking water.
To improve sanitation and access to drinking water, there needs to be increased investment in the management of freshwater ecosystems and sanitation facilities on a local level in several developing countries within Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia.