Why does education and training matter?

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UN Environment’s education and training activities are founded on the organization’s mission to inspire, inform and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. This is achieved by promoting innovative, action-oriented, and value-based environmental education for sustainable development by ensuring that the environment is taken into account. We aim to build sustainability literacy among all sectors of the population.

We work in close collaboration with other parts of the organization as well as with many external partners, including universities, other UN agencies, governments, environmental education and training centres, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

UN Environment’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) is responsible for the implementation of this work. This is done in close collaboration with other relevant Divisions, Branches and Units in the organization, as well as with other partners – mainly institutions of higher learning. Other partners include other UN agencies, governments, national and regional environmental education and training centres, local and international non-governmental organizations and the private sector. We work with these partners to encourage improved coordination of efforts in environmental education and training in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

Our vision

Provide continued and sustained support to ensure the protection of the environment and the improvement of people’s quality of life by developing and strengthening environmental education and training initiatives which are responsive, locally relevant, and aimed at transforming people’s visions and aspirations into reality for present and future generations.

Our goals

  • Providing governments and people with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment in order to protect and improve our environment for a sustainable future
  • Incorporating environment and development dimensions into the educational processes of all countries
  • Creating new environmentally-friendly behaviour patterns, encouraging sustainable lifestyles and fostering ethical responsibilities
  • Sensitizing individuals, groups, communities and nations to their ecological, economic, social and cultural interdependence and developing general environmental and development awareness
  • Fostering environmental education and training for all
  • Promoting effective public participation in decision-making with respect to environment and development issues

Our milestones

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