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Home > Sustainable Development - Updated: 08-09-2004 10:44 am
The World Summit on Sustainable Development took place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September.  
UNESCO was involved in a number of parallel events, side-events and partnership initiatives associated with the World Summit.

The Organization has long been concerned with activities related to sustainable development, contribution to many of the streams of action generated by the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio in 1992.

UNESCO's contribution to the World Summit built on its mandate in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, and on key documents and events such as the UNESCO Medium Term Strategy for 2002-2007, a resolution of the UNESCO General Conference on the Johannesburg Summit, the UN Millennium Declaration, the World Conference on Higher Education, the Dakar 'Education for All' Forum, the World Conference on Science in Budapest, the World Conference on Culture and Development in Stockholm. more

Photo:© Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth from above/UNESCO

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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

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