Education for Sustainable Development

– a strategy for the United Nations Decade 2005-2014



The Danish Ministry of Education hereby launches its strategy for education for sustainable development as part of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.

The strategy shall ensure that children, young people and adults become aware of the concept of sustainable development and learn how to act competently through knowledge and skills. In this way, the education sector contributes to enhancing the green profile of the national Government and makes it possible for the education sector to fulfil the goals and ambitions for the UN DESD.

The aim is to introduce sustainable development in all relevant curricula used in basic education, youth education and teacher training in order to establish a link between natural and social sciences and humanities. Different aspects of climate related problems can for instance be introduced in multidisciplinary educational programmes.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has been designated by the UN to secure the implementation of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The elaboration of national strategies and ensuring its follow-up lies with the national authorities. The present strategy is thus the result of a fruitful co-operation between the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education.

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