Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme

Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme

Current Stage: Launched

The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education was launched at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya, Japan on 11 November 2014. The programme was launched during a side event convened by UNEP as Secretariat of the 10YFP and the Ministry of Environment of Sweden.
Please see the agenda of the side event.

For more information on the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development where the launch of the programme took place, please click here!

Mission

The mission of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) programme is to foster the uptake of sustainable lifestyles as the common norm, with the objective of ensuring their positive contribution to addressing global challenges, such as resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty eradication and social well-being.

Why a 10YFP programme on SLE?

Today, our global footprint is about one and half time the Earth’s total capacity to provide resources to humanity. If nothing changes, with an increasing population that could reach 9.6 billion by 2050, we will need almost three planets to sustain our ways of living. Rethinking the ways we produce, consume and exchange has become crucial to move towards a society where we can all live well within the boundaries of our planet. As cultures and norms are core determinants of our rich and diverse lifestyles, they will need to be considered as we rethink the way societies are organized, resourced and maintained.

Objectives of the Programme

  1. Build a shared vision of sustainable lifestyles;

  2. Integrate sustainable lifestyles principles and practices across all sectors of society;

  3. Develop tools and incentives, provide capacity-building for achieving sustainable lifestyles and disseminating good practices;

  4. Empower individuals to adopt sustainable lifestyles through education, awareness-raising and participation, engaging all forms of education;

  5. Measure and track the benefits of action targeting sustainable lifestyles.

Work Areas

The SLE programme is implemented through three main work areas that break into several sub-work areas.

Governance of the programme

The SLE programme is co-led by the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the Government of Sweden represented by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

A Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) oversees the programme’s coordination and implementation. The MAC of the programme is composed of 21 members with recognized expertise and implementation capacities at all levels. This governance structure ensures an active participation of the broad range of stakeholders concerned and involved in the shift towards sustainable lifestyles. As of November 2014, members include:

Governments: The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of France, the Ministry of Environment of Sweden.
International Organizations: UNEP, UNESCO, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
NGOs and business associations: Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Integrative Strategies Forum, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), Prithvi Innovations, The Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, World Resources Forum and WRAP.
Academia/research: Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) at Hedmark University College (Norway), Universidad El Bosque (Colombia), University of Surrey (UK).

Get involved today!

The 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme is open to organizations and individual experts interested in joining a collaborative platform to support activities that relate to sustainable lifestyles and the objectives of the programme. Download the application form to become a partner of the programme.

Contact us: If you are interested in further information or being involved in development of the Programme, please email the 10YFP Secretariat at 10yfp@unep.org.

Register your sustainable lifestyles and education activities and get the latest news on sustainable lifestyles and education at the Global SCP Clearinghouse: http://www.scpclearinghouse.org