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Media as Partners in Education for Sustainable Development: UNESCO’s most recent training manual and resource kit
In the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), UNESCO and the Thomson Foundation have published a training manual and resource kit urging media practitioners to take a closer look at a few theme based priorities and inquire how best education can respond to related ongoing and future challenges.

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Media as Partners in Education for Sustainable Development: UNESCO’s most recent training manual and resource kit

14-04-2008 (Paris)
Media as Partners in Education for Sustainable Development: UNESCO’s most recent training manual and resource kit
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In the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), UNESCO and the Thomson Foundation have published a training manual and resource kit urging media practitioners to take a closer look at a few theme based priorities and inquire how best education can respond to related ongoing and future challenges.
"The role that media can play in development goes beyond reporting news and events," said Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, in a recent address to a consultative group on journalism training and excellence. "It contributes to the freedom of expression and the plurality of information, to engage and empower communities and to underpin sustainable development and good governance."

The first five chapters in Section 1 of the publication provide basic information on climate change, forests and fisheries, fresh water, biodiversity and pollution. In Section 2, the idea of sustainable development is placed in a wider context setting out some of the questions that any skeptical journalist would ask; hints on persuading editors to run a relevant story and on making the subject matter attractive to editors and to readers. The third and last section moves towards the future by taking a glimpse into reported best practices; imagining what people would have to give up to accelerate gains for a stable, peaceful, contented . . . in one word “sustainable” living.

A DVD containing films and audio clips and a CD-ROM of information resources are additions to the publication that will come useful in any training, round table or dialogue on the subject matter.

“UNESCO is the lead coordinating UN agency designated to ensure the implementation of the Decade objectives: to integrate into all aspects of education and learning the principles, values and practices that can fulfill the world’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” said Nicholas Burnett, Assistant Director-General for Education. “The aim is to encourage changes in behavior that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.”

The publication was launched today during a side event at the 179th session of UNESCO's Executive Board entitled UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development: Moving Into the Second Half of the UN Decade, 31 March – 1 April 2009, Bonn, Germany.

The publication is available online at: www.unesco.org/webworld/en/media-partners-education

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