MEETING OF ENVIRONMENT AND EDUCATION MINISTRIES
Thursday, 17 March (afternoon) to Friday, 18 March
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.
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.