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UNEP's Environmental Education and Training

Environmental Education and Training (EET) promotes attitudes and value systems that influence environmentally ethical behaviour by developing understanding, skills and values that will enable people participate as active and informed citizens in the development of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society.

Environmental Education is fundamental to the achievement of the goal of sustainable development. Likewise, awareness raising and training are essential to UNEP fulfilling its mandate of Inspiring, Informing and Enabling nations and peoples to achieve this goal and successfully implementing the seven priority thematic areas.

The Environmental Education and Training (EET) activities of the United Nations Environment Programme are founded on its mission of inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. This is achieved by promoting innovative, action oriented, and value-based environmental education for sustainable development by ensuring that environmental considerations are taken into account. Environmental education and training work at UNEP is organized around three pillars namely: Education, Training and Networking.

The Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) is responsible for the implementation of Environmental Education and Training activities in UNEP. This is done in close collaboration with other relevant Divisions, Branches and Units in UNEP, as well as with other partners mainly institutions of higher learning. Other partners include other UN agencies, governments, national and regional environmental education and training centres, local and international non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

The Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) is located in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI). Administratively, EETU falls under the Executive Director's Office.

EETU is housed in the New Office Facility (NOF), North Wing, Block 2, Middle Level at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. However, there are other EET regional focal points located in Mexico City (for Latin America and the Caribbean region), Bangkok (for Asia and the Pacific region), Geneva (for Europe) and Bahrain (for West Asia region).

EETU's Vision

Provide continued and sustained support to ensure the protection of the environment and the improvement of people’s quality of life by developing and strengthening environmental education and training initiatives which are responsive, locally relevant, and aimed at transforming people’s visions and aspirations into reality for present and future generations.

EETU's Goals

  • Providing governments and people with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment in order to protect and improve our environment for a sustainable future

  • Incorporating environment and development dimensions into the educational processes of all countries;

  • Creating new environmentally-friendly behaviour patterns, encouraging sustainable lifestyles and fostering ethical responsibilities

  • Sensitising individuals, groups, communities and nations to their ecological, economic, social and cultural interdependence and developing general environmental and development awareness;

  • Fostering environmental education and training for all; and

  • Promoting effective public participation in decision-making with respect to environment and development issues