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The World Summit on Sustainable Development took place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September.  
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Report to the UNESCO Executive Board (May 2002) - by UNESCO
In Document 164 EX/45 (dated 3 May 2002), the Director-General summarizes the preparatory process and expected outcomes of the World Summit. More

UNESCO Position Paper and Proposals to WSSD PrepCom 3 (March 2002) - by UNESCO
‘Enhancing Global Sustainability’, the title of a UNESCO position paper and proposals prepared for and widely distributed at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit (New York, 25 March-5 April 2002) More

Director General Address to Permanent Delegates (7 March 2002) - by UNESCO Director General
Address on ‘UNESCO preparations for and contribution to the World Summit on Sustainable Development’. More

Director General Note on Co-ordination of Preparatory Activities for the World Summit (January 2002) - by UNESCO Director General
DG/Note/02/02 of 16 January 2002, indicating that interdisciplinarity and intersectoral co-operation should be the hallmarks of UNESCO’s preparations of, and follow-up to, the Summit, and creating an intersectoral task force for this purpose. More

gender_parity50.gifThe Challenge of Achieving Gender Parity in Basic Education. A Statistical Review, 1990-1998. - by UNESCO
This Report attempts to produce a global picture of the present situation, provide an anlysis of the disparities which exist in primary and secondary education, and identify present trends in particular regionas and societieis. More

Education for Sustainability - From Rio to Johannesburg: Lessons learnt from a decade of commitment - by UNESCO Education Sector
A report on the lessons learnt about the contribution of education to sustainable development over the decade between the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). More

General Conference Resolution 31 C/40 (November 2001) - by UNESCO
Resolution on ‘Sustainable Development and the Johannesburg Summit 2002’, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at the thirty-first session on 2-3 November 2001. More

Gender and Post-literacy: A Non-formal Education Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention - by Namtip Aksornkool - UNESCO
Results of an awareness-raising workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland for education, health care and communication professionals from Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe to assist in preparing post-literacy materials to teach safe sex. More

arabch50.gifPopulation et perspectives de développement du monde arabe - by UNESCO
Le présent travail s'inscrit dans la suite de la carte de la population du monde "L'humanité sur la planète". More

Youthxguide50.jpgYouth Xchange - by UNESCO
This guide and website have been designed to serve as a tool kit to help trainers involve the largest possible number of young people in sustainable consumption efforts. More

Youth sust50.jpgYouth, Sustainable Consumption Patterns and Lifestyles - by UNESCO
This report reflects the results of the UNESCO / UNEP project on "Youth, sustainable consumption patterns and lifestyles", which was launched in March, 2000. More

cultures50.gifCultures of Populations, Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development - by UNESCO
This book analyses how sensitivity to socio-cultural knowledge is crucial for active participation thus creating the sense of belonging to policies and programmes that people can adopt as their own. More

sociocultural50.jpgSocio-Cultural Research on Information, Education & Communication and Advocacy - by UNESCO
This Practical Guide is a follow-up activity to a major UNESCO/UNFPA Project (Understanding Socio-cultural factors Affecting Demographic Behaviour and Implication for the Formation and Execution of Population Policies and Programmes), commissioned by UNESCO and undertaken by Aidcom in Malaysia. More

easy50.gifEasy Guide to Undertake Socio-Cultural Research - by UNESCO
The scope of this guide is limited to first time users in action-oriented participatory research. It provides the basic important concepts and tools for data collection and analysis for new and ongoing projects. More

cambiar50.gifCambiar es posible - by UNESCO
Este libro presenta propuestas sobre desarrollo sostenible, que nos hablan de cooperación, entre gentes del Primer y Tercer Mundo. More

blue women50.gifGender Equality and Equity - by UNESCO
A summary review of UNESCO's accomplishments since the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). More

African Stories - by UNESCO
Results of the UNESCO-DANIDA workshops for the preparation of post-literacy reading materials and radio programmes for girls and women in Africa. More

Guidelines on Gender-Neutral Language - by Annie Desprez-Bouanchaud, Janet Doolaege, Lydia Ruprecht and Breda Pavlic - UNESCO
Third edition of a booklet first published by UNESCO in 1987. More

americas50.jpgEducation for a Sustainable Future in the Americas - by UNESCO / OAS
This monograph was published as part of the activities of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997 - 2001 of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development. More

desafio50.gifLos Desafíos Ambientales - by UNESCO
La búsqueda de medios e instrumentos que faciliten acciones concertadas a todos los niveles para encontrar soluciones interdisciplinares e intersectoriales eficaces. More

educating50.jpgEducating for a Sustainable Future: A Transdiciplinary Vision for Concerted Action - by UNESCO
This document was prepared by UNESCO as Task Manager for Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, as a contribution to the Work Programme of Education, Public Awareness and Training of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The Work Programme "calls on UNESCO to take the lead in refining the concept and key messages of education for sustainable development". More

Agenda 21, Chapter 35 (Science for sustainable development) - by UN ECOSOC
‘Science for sustainable development ‘ is a chapter of Agenda 21 where UNESCO has acted as inter-agency task manager. More

Agenda 21, Chapter 36 (Education, public awareness and training) - by UN ECOSOC
Since the Rio Conference of 1992, UNESCO has acted as inter-agency task manager within the UN system for Chapter 36 of Agenda 21. In this function, reports on ‘Education, public awareness and training have been considered at various sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development. More

envandsociety50.gifEnvironment and Society: Education and Public Awareness for Sustainability - by UNESCO / Government of Greece
Proceedings of the Thessaloniki International Conference held in December 1997. More

wbank50.gifOrganizing Knowledge for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development - by UNESCO / World Bank
Proceedings of a Concurrent Meeting of the Fifth Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, "Partnerships for Global Ecosystem Management: Science, Economics and Law". More

analisis50.gifEl análisis Interdisciplinar de la Problemática Ambiental - by UNESCO
Este texto nace del encuentro de un equipo interdisciplinario. El objetivo que persigue es presentar, de forma articulada, los diferentes enfoques o perspectivas que pueden ser utilizados para interpretar un fenómeno o problema ambiental. More

enfoque50.gifLa Interpretación de la Problemática Ambiental: Enfoques Básicos - by UNESCO
Es un texto que tiene como primera finalidad introducir al lector en el enfoque sistémico, en la medida que tal modelo de pensamiento permite aproximarse a la cuestión ambiental, tomando en cuenta la complejidad de los sistemas naturales y sociales. More

poblacion50.jpgEducación en Población - by UNESCO
Se trata de una serie de textos destinados a la educación para la vida familiar en la escuela, elaborados por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia. More

primed50.jpgPRIMED, A Succesful Experience in Urban Intervention - by UNESCO
This book collates the experiences of some of the marginal districts of Medellin, Colombia, in the field of integrated territorial planning and management. More

belovedplanet50.gifMy Beloved Planet - by UNESCO
With humour, but with scientific rigour, his book sets out some of the complex problems related to the environment and population that affect the whole world. More

Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 "Promoting Education, Public Awareness and Training" - by United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
It provides an umbrella for all action related to education for sustainable development, including those foreseen by other UN conferences. More

Internet Infrastructure and e-Governance in Pacific Island Countries - by
Available in paper and online versions. More

ecotourism50.gifWhat is ecotourism? - by
Enumarating the general characteristics of ecotourism. More

Draft International Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism - by
Guidelines which seek to assist policy and decision makers and managers responsible for tourism and bidiversity, prepared under the aegis of UNEP and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). More

Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Sahara - by
One of a dozen available studies on cultural tourism, presents proposals and five guideline strategies for tourism development in the Sahara. More

Tracking the Path of Sustainable Tourism - by
Four-page coloured booklet prepared by the MAB Programme for the recent World Ecotourism Summit held in Quebec City in May More

World Conference on Science (Budapest, June 1999) - by
Sustainable development concerns are reflected in many of the conclusions and recommendations of the UNESCO-ICSU ‘World Conference on Science for the Twenty-First Century: a New Commitment’, which brought together some 1,800 science stakeholders from 155 countries. More

International Directory on Environmental Education Institutions - by
This Directory provides an extensive list of about 600 environmental education training and research institutions around the world, comprising universities, research institutions, NGOs, training institutions, and others. More

biodiversity50.jpgBiodiversity: Scientific Issues and Research Proposals (1991), by Otto Solbrig - by
Overview of key scientific issues and questions related to biological diversity and its functional significance, published by UNESCO as MAB Digest 9. More

‘Biodiversity in Questions’ Wallcharts (!998) - by
Set of 12 wallcharts, prepared by UNESCO in English and French, grouped in three sections: Definition of biodiversity; The importance of biodiversity; Managing biodiversity. More

Mainstreaming Biological Diversity: The Role of Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) (2002) - by
Coloured 8-page booklet outlining the importance of CEPA in motivating and mobilizing individual and collective action, as recognized in Article 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). More

Wscuk50.gifWomen, Science and Technology: Towards a New Development? - by UNESCO
Highlights from the debate on gender issues at the World Conference on Science for the Twenty-first Century, Budapest, 1999, More

incertitudes50.jpg‘OGM. Le champ des incertitudes: 5 fiches pour comprendre, anticiper, debattre’(2000) - by
Set of pedagogic materials on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), available in French and Spanish. More

Puzzle50.jpgSolving the Puzzle: The Ecosystem Approach and Biosphere Reserves (2000) - by UNESCO-MAB Secretariat
Coloured 32-page booklet, illustrating the twelve principles of the ecosystem approach (adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity as the primary framework for action under the Convention) with examples from the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. More

Understanding Biodiversity - by
One of 26 modules in a set of teaching materials produced as part of UNESCO’s work on science and technology education More

Toolkit on Gender Indicators in Engineering, Science and Technology - by Sophia Huyer and Gunnar Westholm - UNESCO
Produced within UNESCO’s University–Industry-Science Partnership (UNISPAR) programme in UNESCO’s Science Sector, with a view to promoting gender-disaggregated data in S&T activities. More

Mainwom50.gifUNESCO - Mainstreaming the Needs of Women - by UNESCO
Booklet on the challenge of gender equality and equity, and work thereon in UNESCO’s various programme sectors. More

prospect50.gifProspects - Quaterly Review of Comparative Education - by
Issue 113 - UNESCO 2000. Open Files, Education for Sustainable Development More

Langue50.jpgAtlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing - by Stephen A. Wurm
Provides a worldwide overview of language More

Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: Equitable Partnerships in Practice (2002), by Sarah A. Laird (ed) - by
Manual in the People and Plants Conservation Series, offering practical guidance on how to arrive at equitable biodiversity research and prospecting partnerships More

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