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High-Level Meeting of Environment and Education Ministries

17 - 18 March 2005

Lithuania, Vilnius


In the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on 18 March 2005, at their high-level meeting, UNECE Ministers, vice-ministers and other representatives of Environment and Education Ministries adopted by acclamation a UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development - a practical instrument to promote sustainable development through education. They also adopted the Vilnius Framework for Implementation setting up a Steering Committee and an expert group on indicators in order to facilitate coordination and review of Strategy’s implementation. Various stakeholders, including international organisations, business, non-governmental organisations, regional environmental centres and research institutions took part in the meeting and provided valuable contributions.

The Meeting debated the progress in implementing ESD, highlighted good practices in the region and identified key challenges that lie ahead. It discussed the role of the UNECE region in implementing ESD in a global context. The Meeting also launched the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in the UNECE region.

Document Title ENG FRE RUS
Chair's summary
Strategy for ESD
Add.1 ESD Background
Add.2 Explanatory notes
Vilnius framework for implementation
List of participants
Interventions by UNECE member States (no editing provided by UNECE)
Albania Kyrgyzstan
Armenia Lithuania
Austria Malta
Azerbaijan Norway
Belgium Poland
Bulgaria Portugal
Canada Romania
Cyprus Russian Federation
Czech Republic Slovakia
Denmark Slovenia
Estonia Spain
Finland Sweden
France Switzerland
Greece Ukraine
Italy United Kingdom
UNESCO Toyota Motor Europe
Concil of Europe European ECO-Forum
OSCE GEDUC - Global/General Education
Mr. Sterling (UK)