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Success Story No. 6

SAUCE awarded official recognition as “Project of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014”

 

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 (DESD), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to embed the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.

Implementation of the DESD vision is governed by designated national UNESCO Commissions and follows a common strategy with several key initiatives. The national UNESCO Commissions, for instance, have established communication and information platforms, discussion forums and/or regional centres. These activities are to facilitate exchange of educators and other stakeholders and enhance capacity building in order to integrate the goals of DESD in national and local education programmes and policies (UNESCO 2007). In two SAUCE project partners’ countries, Austria and Germany, the national UNESCO Commissions, additionally single out exemplary projects for awards to increase their visibility. To receive the award, the projects have to be positively reviewed by an expert panel and must meet several criteria, covering aspects such as goals, target groups, range of thematic focus, international cooperation and institutional continuity.

The German national UNESCO Commission awarded official recognition to the Berlin SAUCE project as "Project of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014" in 2009 and, renewing the recognition, again in 2011. In 2010, the SAUCE project partner in Vienna, Austria received the award, as well. The two countries’ UNESCO Commissions particularly praised the project for its close cooperation between schools and university as well as its international character.

 

UNESCO (2007): Framework for a DESD Communication Strategy in support of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Education Sector, Section for DESD Coordination (ED/UNP/DESD), ED/2007/WS/20

 

 


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