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UN Decade of Education

DESD logoUN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development began on January 1, 2005 and aims to promote education as a basis for a more sustainable society and to integrate sustainable development into education at all levels and all areas of life including communities, the workplace and society in general. More details can be found on UNESCO's website.

The Scottish Government has launched a web-based Action Plan - Learning for Change - setting out the actions to be taken forward in the second half of the Decade. An update on the actions across education sectors is available. This is supported by supporting sections on schools, universities and colleges, and Community Learning and Development. Information on recent sectoral activity can be found by clicking on these links.

In December 2012, the United Nations University (UNU) confirmed that the University of Edinburgh-led bid for a UN Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development to be established in Scotland had been successful. Scotland’s RCE will be known as Learning for Sustainability Scotland.