The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles promotes an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on education for sustainable lifestyles. It facilitates collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff working on education for sustainable lifestyles from around the world.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Education

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Start date
22/07/2019

Objectives

In 2015, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, in Norway was awarded the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles. UNESCO has now agreed to renew the UNESCO Chair for a second period from August 2019 to July 2023. This milestone provided an important opportunity to continue the work initiated under the Consumer Citizenship Network (CCN) and the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL), and the UNESCO Chair also led to the establishment of the Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development.

Victoria W. Thoresen continues as the UNESCO Chair holder for the new period, and 33 PERL partner institutions are members of the International Partner Network of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles. The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles promotes an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on education for sustainable lifestyles. It facilitates collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff working on education for sustainable lifestyles from around the world. CCL (PERL) is a member of the UNESCO Global Action Plan for ESD as a Partner and co-chair of the GAP Partner Network on Teacher Training. The Chair has actively contributed to the preparation of UNESCO’s new international ESD for 2030 Framework.

Activities

- Key note speeches about Education for Sustainable Lifestyles

The UNESCO Chair has, during this period of 2018-2019, been an invited speaker at 5 international conferences around the globe where she has spoken about education for sustainable lifestyles.

- Side events at the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2018 in New York

(a) Panelist at The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative’s side event “Leveraging innovative partnerships with higher education institutions towards sustainable and resilient societies”. Presentation entitled: “Learning how sustainable lifestyles can become more desirable, accessible and normal”

(b) CCL (PERL) held a side event/workshop during the HLPF entitled: “Responsibility Roulette” The workshop was organized as an interactive game in which everyone participated including the panel of invited international experts. It explored what sustainable lifestyles are and who has what responsibility for making sustainable lifestyles the norm and not the exception. The game helped participants examine essential ingredients of living well: family and community, time as a resource, freedom and discovery, and balancing obligations and wishes. It assisted in reflecting on relevant strategies for achieving sustainable lifestyles—strategies such as deciphering the systemic nature of lifestyles, taking advantage of life stages and transitions, accommodating diversity in lifestyles, and engaging in collective action.

Impact and Results

Raising awareness on education for sustainable lifestyles.

Training sessions and material on Sustainable Living.

Educational Toolkits

Establishment of the Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development