Published in 2013 by
  • Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE Japan) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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  • English
Published in 2010 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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  • English

The Role of Governments in Education for Sustainable Consumption

The report presents three country case studies that look at the current institutional frameworks and governmental capacities for implementing effective ESC from P. R. China, Japan and Republic of Korea. Despite diverse policy dialogues and many initiatives on SCP, there is still a lack of knowledge and experience on how we actually can educate nations and their citizens for sustainable consumption. The main research was conducted through survey and interviews with relevant government officials in P. R. China, Japan and Republic of Korea, and it was supported by additional review of current policy frameworks and strategic plans and assessment of training materials/curriculums. This research was conducted in the respective countries by research partners at Beijing Normal University, Tokyo City University and Consumers Union of Korea in close collaboration with IGES.

The promotion of sustainable consumption and green markets has received attention from many national governments including the P. R. China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. All three countries have demonstrated interest and commitment towards shifting to more sustainable patterns of development and have also recognised the importance of sustainable consumption in achieving this. However, ESC still remains a very young and even novel topic that does not yet have substantial policy mandates to ensure its implementation in these countries, and thus there are many opportunities for capacity building to advance effective implementation.

The findings from this research identify key aspects of current governmental context for promoting SC and consumer awareness raising (including relevant policy frameworks, overall strategies, understandings of government officials, and barriers and obstacles to implementation). The three country cases are then analysed in a comparative capacity assessment. The assessment framework is based on the four levers of change identified by UNDP for assessing capacity assets and needs: 1) institutional arrangements, 2) leadership, 3) knowledge, and 4) accountability.

Published in 2011 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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  • English

Policy Brief: Quality Education for Sustainable Development, A priority in achieving sustainability and well-being for all

This Policy Brief argues that the foremost priority for educational development should now
be on enhancing quality, transcending past objectives focused primarily on access and
attainment (i.e., Education For All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals).

Enhancing Quality Education should become a cornerstone of both the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2014 Global Action Programme on ESD for quality
education is essential for further progress across all dimensions of sustainable development.

Enhancing Quality Education can be achieved through integration of a holistic perspective on
education for sustainable development (ESD) and use of measurable learning targets/outcomes.

This Policy Brief presents an ESD Learning Performance Framework (LPF), addressing
both learning processes and educational contents, that provides a roadmap for how stronger
ESD can promote greater educational quality overall.

The effectiveness of Quality Education for Sustainable Development could be significantly
enhanced through applying the LPF to:
 Support curriculum developers in designing holistic and relevant school curricula that
includes transformative educational and teaching approaches;
 Strengthen teachers competency for ESD through training on the LPF and its application;
 Guide school administrators to develop safe learning environments that serve as models
of sustainability and support experiential education;
 Encourage education policy makers to consider transformative learning approaches in
educational reforms and the integration of ESD into standard educational policy.
The LPF therefore can facilitate well-informed educational policy making, curriculum
design, course content, teaching pedagogies, and learning environments.
The LPF also provides a basis for developing measurable, qualitative learning targets and progressive
indicators for assessing global progress on DESD, the Global Action Programme on
ESD and the SDGs, as well as monitoring educational performance at national and local levels.

Published in 2014 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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  • English
Published in 2011 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,
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  • English
Published in 2013 by
  • IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2014 by
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
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  • English
Published in 2010 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
Published in 2010 by
  • UNESCO and UNEP
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  • English

National Guidelines on Education for Sustainable Consumption for Tanzania

The world is facing numerous environmental problems and challenges, ranging from
environmental degradation, climate change and trans-­boundary pollution many of which
are driven by increasing population and consumption patterns, and poverty, particularly
in developing countries. These problems and challenges are some of the main factors that
contribute to the need for urgent application of sustainable consumption patterns. The National
Environment Management Council (NEMC) and the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training
(MoEVT), have developed national guidelines on education for sustainable consumption
(ESC) as part of a pilot project on the Institutional Strengthening of ESC -­ Advancing ESC
Policy and Implementation Strategies. This UNEP pilot project on ESC has been implemented
globally as a pilot in Chile, Indonesia and Tanzania between 2011 and 2014.
The objectives of these guidelines are to:
-Enable Tanzania to better understand the principles of ESC;;
-Assist in strengthening ESC techniques and teaching methods that incorporate sustainable
consumption and lifestyle choices;; and
-Promote and encourage ESC based on existing pedagogical techniques.
These guidelines aim to contribute to shaping Tanzania's basic education system into one that
promotes attitudes and behaviour that are geared towards a culture of sustainability.
These ESC guidelines have been developed based on the importance, critical contexts and
necessity of enhancing education system as a backbone of consumer education, civic training
and responsibilities and environmental education for better resource use, management and
conservation.

Published in 2014 by
  • National Environment Management Council with UNEP
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  • English
Published in 2010 by
  • UNESCO and UNEP
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  • English
Published in 2008 by
  • The Consumer Citizenship Network (CCN)
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  • English
Published in 2011 by
  • PERL - Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Published in 2014 by
  • PERL - The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Published in 2012 by
  • PERL - The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living & CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Published in 2011 by
  • PERL - The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living
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  • English
Published in 2013 by
  • Public Service of Wallonia - Sustainable Development Department
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  • French
Published in 2014 by
  • Peter Nohrstedt
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2014 by
  • Arctic Center - University of Lapland
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • SCP/RAC
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP)
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  • English
Published in 2013 by
  • Anita Carollin
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
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  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • IRENA
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  • English