ESD after 2014

RCEs after 2014

RCE Strategy: Flyer, June 2015 (English)

Okayama Declaration

During the 9th Global RCE Conference the RCE Network declared to renew their commitments to support relevant international ESD frameworks, including the Global Action Programme   on   ESD,   beyond   the   UN  Decade  of  Education  for  Sustainable  Development. Please read the Okayama Declaration, where these commitments are published.

Ten Years of RCEs report

This publication is the tale of an extraordinary grassroots movement conceived at the turn of the century and dedicated to the proposition that unless local stakeholders work together to find and implement local solutions to local sustainable development problems, all efforts to translate global sustainable development policy and vision into local realities might be in vain. This book draws upon earlier analyses and publications as well as recent reflections of the RCEs showing the colourful diversity of organizational cultures and approaches in promoting ESD worldwide.

Bonn Declaration

The German RCE Community make a concerted joint commitment to achieving the GAP goals in Germany until 2019. In the Bonn Declaration of 2014, the group shares some observations of the UN-Decade on ESC (I-III), indicates major challenges (IV) and suggests action points according to the GAP-topics (V).

Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development

In 2014, United Nations University organized the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Nagoya, Japan. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005–2014, the conference celebrated achievements throughout the decade and reviewed commitments to ESD beyond 2014. The conference resulted in the Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, in which conference participants reaffirmed and renewed commitments made within the framework of the UN DESD. The declaration also calls upon world leaders to support the transformative role of higher education towards sustainable development, and to recognize the essential role and responsibility of higher education institutions towards creating sustainable societies. The Declaration was accompanied by the Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development Annex.


To build on achievements and create new momentum when the UN Decade closed in 2014, UNESCO, as the lead agency of the Decade, developed a Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development. As a follow-up to the Decade, GAP was also designed as a concrete, tangible contribution to the post-2015 development and education agendas. The Global Action Programme comes with a detailed implementation Roadmap which has five Priority Action Areas:

1)      Advancing policy: Mainstream ESD

2)      Transforming learning and training environments: Whole-Institution Approach

3)      Building capacities of educators and trainers

4)      Empowering and mobilizing youth

5)      Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level

6)      GAP commitments

The final assessment report on the UN Decade of ESD was launched at the 2014 World Conference on ESD. This report assesses the growth of ESD throughout the Decade and gives an updated picture of ESD at the end of the Decade. The report also features lessons learnt and draws conclusions for future actions on ESD. At the conclusion of latest World Conference on ESD, the ‘Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development’was adopted, calling for urgent action to further strengthen and scale up ESD and inviting governments of UNESCO Member States to make further efforts towards achieving the goals of ESD. The definitive UNESCO GAP document that was launched during the World ESD Conference can be downloaded at UNESCO’s website.

UNESCO Decade on ESD Final Report: Shaping the Future We Want

Shaping the Education of Tomorrow, Report 2012

Video: Shaping the Future We Want

Video: ESD: Children Speak Up!