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Statement on Education for the Commision on SD in Preparation for the 3rd World Summit on SD

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STATEMENT ON EDUCATION FOR THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN PREPARATION FOR
THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AT ITS ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION
(30 APRIL – 2 MAY 2001)

Thank You Mr. Chairman.

The Education Caucus has worked closely with many of the delegations over the last 9
years regarding the CSD Agenda.

We would like to thank the chair for the opportunity to speak.

As many of you are aware, the broad policy framework put into place for Rio included not
only the legal, the financial, and the planning processes and mechanisms but also
included education. It was within that larger policy vision and the forth coming
mandates that education was charged with serving as an umbrella to all of Agenda 21
across and throughout.

As a consequence, increasingly the vital importance the role that learning plays in the
work of the CSD has become an integral part of the outcomes. As a core component of the
policy framework, education serves Agenda 21 by raising awareness, providing access to
knowledge, building skills, and grappling with value issues, in order to create an
informed political forum and an informed civil society that can participate and act on
their knowledge regarding sustainable development.

The Earth Summit in Rio was the most significant Environmental Education event of the
century with thousands of people taking part in the process at some level. Many came to
Rio and returned home with some understanding of the sense of a global framework for
sustainable development. Within this “Community of Educators” were diplomats,
delegates, members of the press and mass media, NGOs, community and religious leaders,
scientists and academics, representatives from business and industry, indigenous peoples,
etc.

WSSD And Beyond

A) As we look to Johannesburg to set an agenda, broaden participation, evaluate
contributions and mandates, and focus on major themes such as the elimination of poverty,
financial negotiations, governance, and environmental/ecosystem protection, we must
recognize and re-affirm the vital role that education has to play in building sustainable
development.

B) Also that education has a role to play in all of Agenda 21 not just within the
education
chapter [Chapter 36].

C) It also follows that education is a vital component of the multi-stakeholders
dialogue – at all levels from the grassroots up – the local, national, regional,
international linkages.

D) As you look to the tasks ahead, the mechanisms of accounting, the many
preparatory meetings for CSD 10 and the WSSD, and you give serious thought to your
assessments:

We would urge the distinguished delegations to take into account the following
Questions:

• How will you account for Education throughout and across all of Agenda 21?

• Is Education situated alongside your legal, financial, and planning
priorities?

• What proposals would you bring to Johannesburg to strengthen and make
visible
Environmental Education? And lastly,

• Does the Education Community receive the recognition that is given the
existing 9
major groups?

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