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Policy & Curriculum Guidance

For publications on policy and curriculum guidance. 


Front Mapping Education for Sustainability in the Nordic Countries

Mapping Education for Sustainability in the Nordic Countries

This report present some of the main results of the research conducted on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Nordic countries. The project presented in this report concerns the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 in compulsory education in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The aim was to get an overview of how well each of the Nordic countries had integrated the UNSDGs into their educational policies and practices. 

For more information about the report


Online Interactive Navigation tool

"Finding the right tools to promote ESL” online navigation tool"

The navigation tool is aimed at educational authorities and in particular national focal points for the SDG’s, the 10-YFP, and the GAP. Policy makers, teachers and others working to promote #SDG4, #SDG12, and learning for #OnePlanet could also benefit from looking at the navigation tool.

Downloadable free interactive poster

Downloadable free interactive list


Policy Guidance: 

Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption

The  Here and Now publication provides recommendations and guidelines aimed at policy makers and educators on how to best integrate and implement Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) in the formal education sector. Also available in Chinese and Spanish!


Country Specific Adaptations of Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption: 

The publications that follow are an adaptation of the UNEP publication Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption seen above. The publications below are part of the UNEP pilot project on the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption, Advancing Education for Sustainable Consumption Policy and Implementation Strategies,” implemented in Indonesia.

Introduction to Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) in Indonesia: National Recommendations and Guidelines for Policymakers and Educators

Indonesia is the second richest country in the world in regards to biodiversity. Our lifestyle and consumption choices are putting pressure on the environment and natural resources, and it is crucial for our education system to address this reality. Introduction to Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) in Indonesia provides national recommendations and guidelines. 

Available for downloading in following languages: EN / ID

National Guidelines on Education for Sustainable Consumption for Tanzania

The publication aims to guide Tanzanian policymakers and educators in implementing, advancing and mainstreaming ESC nationally and locally in education sectors. The guidelines equip educators, teacher educators and education practitioners in formal and informal education, with necessary information and teaching techniques that can bring widespread behavioural change needed to shift towards more sustainable consumption habits and lifestyles. 

Available for downloading in following language: EN

UNESCO Policy Brief:  Education for Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Learning to Act, Learning to Achieve

Didham, R. J. (January 2018) Education for Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Learning to Act, Learning to Achieve. Policy brief; UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development – partner network 1. UNESCO: Paris.

Pathways to Sustainable Lifestyles: Global Stocktaking Report

The purpose of the  Pathways to Sustainable Lifestyles: Global Stocktaking Report is to contribute to the overall development of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) by delivering a better understanding of the complex relations between lifestyles and sustainability, briefly explaining the relevant role of research, policy development, education and civic action as fundamental tools to enable, strengthen and safeguard sustainable lifestyles, and identifying regional, sub regional, national and local initiatives and actions that indicate a shift towards more sustainable lifestyles or the safeguarding of sustainable traditional knowledge and cultural practices.


Curriculum Guidance:

Good Practices Booklet Series

The Good Practices series of booklets focus on formal education systems as well as informal education and provide an overview of policies and practices from diverse countries to assist further action around the globe.