UNEP recognises that it cannot by itself address all the needs in environmental education and training effectively and fully. It has to focus and concentrate on selected targets and coordinate its intervention with the work of other United Nations agencies, international organisations, governments, educational institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector to ensure effective holistic approach with sustainable outcomes.
UNEP works with these partners, where appropriate, to encourage improved coordination of efforts in environmental education and training in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). This is in line with the UNEP's objectives of strengthening the capacity of governments and institutions, promoting public participation, supporting action-taking initiatives, enhancing partnerships and networking, and providing environmental information for sustainable development. UNEP has been a major player in environmental education, training and awareness raising.
Some of the organizations that have useful information on environmental education and training initiatives are listed below:
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
An agency of the United Nations that promotes education and communication and the arts
The United Nations Children's Fund
The lead UN organization working for the long-term survival, protection and development of children. Its programmes focus on immunization, primary health care, nutrition and basic education.
Association of African Universities (AAU)
The Association of African Universities is an international non-governmental organisation set up by the universities in Africa to promote cooperation among themselves and between them and the international Academic community.
Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)
GUPES was the result of a consultative forum organized by UNEP and its partners to increase successful engagement with universities. GUPES serves to increase the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability practices and curricula into universities around the world. It is also geared towards encouraging further interaction between UNEP and universities, around the three pillars of education, training and applied research. This is done in accordance to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, and in partnership with UNESCO, UNU and other organizations.
SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme (SADC-REEP)
SADC-REEP was established to enable environmental education practitioners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to strengthen environmental education processes for equitable and sustainable environmental management choices, through enhanced and strengthened environmental education policy, networking, resource materials and training capacity.
Eye on Earth
Eye on Earth aims to convene thought and action leaders of the worldwide community, converge consensus on the key areas of mutual importance, and finally collaborate towards strengthening existing initiatives and filling the gaps into the future.
Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP)
NTEAP is the largest project in the Shared Vision Program of the Nile Basin Society. It provides a strategic framework for environmentally sustainable development of the Nile River Basin and support basin wide environmental action linked to transboundary issues in the context of the Nile Basin Initiative Strategic Action Program.
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
UNOPS is a self-financing entity of the United Nations, which provides operational management services to a wide range of clients in every field where the United Nations has a mandate – from infrastructure and public works, electoral logistics, landmine awareness to public sector reform, from informatics solutions to programmes aiming at eradicating poverty.
United Nations University (UNU)
The United Nations University (UNU) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations to be an international community of scholars engaged in research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
Global Virtual University (GVU)
Under the auspices of the United Nations University (UNU) the Global Virtual University (GVU) is a consortium of universities that work together to enhance learning for environmental sustainability.
Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD International)
LEAD is an international non-profit organisation with a fast growing network of 1600 leaders in more than 80 countries, whose shared mission is to inspire leadership for a sustainable world.
Environic Foundation International (EFI)
The mission of the Environic Foundation International is to bring about better environic (social, economic and environmental) conditions on a global scale by providing practical educational programs that balance people, place, and priorities. EFI develops experiential environic education programs and conducts environing workshops that demonstrate how the human and natural worlds can work in harmony.
University of Joensuu
The University of Joensuu and UNEP conduct an annual course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The Course seeks to transfer past experiences in the field of environmental law to the future negotiators of environmental agreements. In addition, the Course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in negotiations and implementation of multilateral agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field.
Rhodes University, South Africa
Rhodes University is a major centre in South Africa for study, teaching and research in Environmental Education, for which it has received international recognition. Both the Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education, the only one of its kind in Africa, and the Gold Fields Environmental Education Service Centre, are located within the Education Department on the Grahamstown campus of Rhodes University . The function of the Chair is to promote environmental education through research, post-graduate teaching and community empowerment.
Dresden University of Technology
UNEP/UNESCO/GERMANY located at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany runs an International Postgraduate Course in Environmental Management for Developing Countries. The course is open to participants from developing and emerging countries, particularly decision-makers of environmental authorities, private companies or NGOs working in the environment sector and natural resources management.
Lakehead University, Canada
Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, is committed to excellence & innovation in post-secondary undergraduate and graduate education, service, research & other scholarly activity.
The Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) established a summer institute originally known as “The Youth Environmental Summit” (YES) in the summer of 2000. The program's resounding success in the last years has attracted highly diverse groups of students from all over the world. Students from AGS partner schools as well as students from other institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and the Americas are applying and taking part in the experience.
Train Sea Coast Programme
The TRAIN-SEA-COAST GPA is a partnership of UNEP/GPA and UNESCO-IHE under the umbrella of the UN/DOALOS Train-Sea-Coast Programme, funded by the UNDP-GEF and the EU ACP Water Facility. Its aim is to provide training for professionals at the municipal and national level to improve management skills for the benefit of coastal populations and the coastal environment.
Climate Action is a communications platform produced by Sustainable Development International in partnership with UNEP. The publication and accompanying website encourage and assist governments and business to lower greenhouse gas emissions, while also informing them how they can adapt to the impacts of climate change. With articles and features by authoritative authors from governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and the private sector, the book includes practical 'Actions' - steps that companies and governments can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Climate Action promotes stakeholder dialogue between government and industry, and highlights the sharing of best practice, and new technologies and initiatives. It will also raise awareness of the latest market trends, threats and opportunities in response to climate change.