The Earth Charter Education Center offers a variety of programmes that highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability values and principles into the processes of learning and decision-making. It provides an opportunity for participants to expand their understanding of sustainability, and see the possibilities for putting it into practice.
The Center forges new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and emerging leadership paradigm.

Earth Charter International

Implemented in

  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Costa Rica


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Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

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Irma Verhoeven

Programme and Partnership Development Manager

Earth Charter International Secretariat

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The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter has the goal of implementing educational programmes and research activities in the field of education for sustainable development specifically on the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education. These programmes (offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese) place special emphasis on the importance to infuse the values and principles of sustainability in processes of learning and decision-making. This UNESCO Chair addresses the overall goal of the Global Action Programme on ESD, which builds on the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). The overarching goal is to integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning. In this sense, this UNESCO Chair contributes in the implementation of UNESCO Resolution Reference 32C/17, which, “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development”, affirms member states’ intention to “utilize the Earth Charter as an educational instrument”.
Objectives of the Center and the UNESCO Chair are to:
Offer training programmes and workshops for various groups on global ethics and sustainability.
Offer hands-on training on tools for ethics-based evaluation processes based on the Earth Charter;
Undertake research and develop resource materials and training opportunities for educators and policymakers on education for sustainable development;
Collaborate with universities and other education and research centers in processes to incorporate values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning;
Facilitate partnerships and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in education for sustainable development;
Collect and develop best practice narratives and case studies on ESD that highlight the use of the Earth Charter in educational settings.


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Impact and Results

For more than a decade, Earth Charter International has offered education opportunities on sustainable development using the Earth Charter framework as a guide and educational tool. Today, the Education Center offers professional development programmes for educators and leaders that bring educational opportunities to a new level. These programmes are impactful, transformative, and inspiring. They provide participants with the guidance, tools, and network support needed to lead change in their work and personal lives in an ethical manner towards fostering a vision of sustainability consistent with the Earth Charter.

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