European Union asks members to support Education for Sustainable Development

The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on ESD, reports CEC Regional Vice-Chair Katalin Czippan.

Katalin Czippan, IUCN CEC Regional Vice-Chair

Several CEC members supported their governments’ negotiation to prepare the Commission Conclusion on Sustainable Development initiated by the Belgian government under their EU Presidency. This is good news because all CEC members who works in EU countries can refer to that statement to influence their government to take measures it is a strong argument that a strong body like the EU recognises the importance of ESD.

The Council conclusions of 19 November 2010 on education for sustainable development (2010/C 327/05) are excerpted below. For the full text, click here >>



1. The European Union faces a considerable number of interlinked challenges in the early 21st century, including the economic and social consequences of the global financial crisis, climate change, declining water and energy resources, shrinking biodiversity, threats to food security and health risks.

2. In a continuously changing world, all European citizens should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand and deal with the challenges and complexities of modern day life, whilst taking due account of the environmental, social, cultural and economic implications, as well as to assume their global responsibilities.


Education and training are indispensable to achieving a more sustainable Europe and world. ESD should be regarded as crucial in the process of lifelong learning and should, where appropriate, be mainstreamed into all levels and aspects of education and training, in order to strengthen the capacity of citizens to cope with imminent unpredictable problems and to find long-term solutions for these in many different situations throughout life.

Take appropriate measures at the relevant level of responsibility — local, regional or national — in order to encourage the further development and implementation of ESD and its integration into the education and training system at all levels, in non-formal and informal learning just as in formal learning. 

For more information, contact Katalin Czippán


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