The International Partner Network of the UNESCO Chair on ESL will remain a key means of implementation for the agreed action plan and continue to serve as a basis for international collaboration and partnership on education for sustainable lifestyles.
In 2015, the UNESCO UNITWIN Programme awarded Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles (ESL), based on the experience and networks that INN developed over the past 30 years, especially in relation to the coordination of the Consumer Citizenship Network (CCN) and the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL). In 2019, the request for the renewal of the agreement between UNESCO and INN concerning the UNESCO Chair on ESL was granted (for a four year duration, 2019-2023), securing the University’s involvement in the implementation of ESD for 2030 framework.
On the 26th of May members of the International Partner Network of the UNESCO Chair on ESL participated in the kick-off meeting for the network. The goal of the meeting was for members to become familiar with the work that is connected to the UNESCO Chair on ESL and the coordinating role the Centre of Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development (CCL).
The Network consists of partners who actively engage in actions and efforts to contribute to the advancement of education for sustainable lifestyles and learning for responsible living. The Network serves to create synergies and connections between the work of its partners, to coordinate collaborative initiatives, and to link its partners to international efforts and strategies in education for sustainable development.
The main role of the Network is to support the achievement of the objectives of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles:
a) to further promote research and education which helps youth and local communities integrate into their daily actions ecological, social, cultural and economic knowledge and insights on responsible, sustainable lifestyles.
b) to further cultivate the PERL and other international partnership in order to foster up-dated, relevant research, dialogue and practical application of education for sustainable lifestyles nationally, regionally and globally.
c) to further contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The network and the UNESCO Chair also align their activities with the Priority Action Areas of UNESCO’s ESD for 2030 framework. In addition, the Network will actively contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in relation to SDG 4 on quality education for all and target 4.7 focussing on education for sustainable development and global citizenship education.