The successful implementation of UNEP’s activities on education for sustainable consumption results from a solid partnership formed with various international partners from different sectors of society, including governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and consumer organizations.

UNEP would like to thank its partners for their support in implementing our education for sustainable consumption activities, in particular:

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): We are proud of the strong partnership we have with the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) managed by UNESCO. This relationship meets the clear need expressed by various education practitioners that Education for Sustainable Development is strongly anchored in the day-to-day realities of young citizens and consumers and helps them choose more sustainable lifestyles.
  • The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea: UNEP collaborates very closely with the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) for Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) led by Italy. This partnership operates within the Marrakech Process and aims at fostering the concept of ESC in the political and academic arena. UNEP and the Italian MTF, in collaboration with the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL), have designed political guidelines targeted at national authorities for the inclusion of ESC in the education system These guidelines are supplemented with documents providing arguments for ESC and a series of considerations of where and how ESC can be included in curricula or existing political strategies (National Sustainable Development Strategies, Education for the Environment etc.).
  • The Swedish Ministry of the Environment: UNEP cooperates with Sweden, the former leader of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles. This Task Force has been developing material and supporting capacity building on education and communication for sustainable lifestyles, collecting best practices and inspiring examples on sustainable lifestyles; and supporting the implementation of demonstration projects to promote sustainable lifestyles.
  • The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL): UNEP endorses and participates in the activities of the PERL, which aim at providing a concrete platform to teacher trainers to include ESC and citizenship in the core competences of teachers in Europe and beyond. PERL is a partnership of educators and researches from over 120 institutions in more than 50 countries working together to empower citizens to live responsible and sustainable lifestyles.
  • Politecnico di Milano: UNEP has been working with Politecnico di Milano for many years on various issues including sustainable lifestyles with the projects on the creative communities and sustainable everyday project and on sustainability and design. 

UNEP would also like to acknowledge the partnerships formed with the local implementing partners of the pilot project “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) - Advancing ESC Policy and Implementation Strategies” (2011-2013):

Consumers International – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Chile) 
Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan / Foundation for Sustainable Development (Indonesia) 
National Environment Management Council (Tanzania)

In each of the three pilot countries involved in the ESC pilot project (2011-2013), UNEP is also working with the national governments, in particular the ministries of education and ministries of environment, as well as organizations who have been actively involved in testing and providing feedback on the national guidelines and recommendations on ESC.

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