Background Information

The World Conference on ESD marked the beginning of the second half of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. The information in this section place the conference in the context of the UN Decade and shed light upon the important notions of Sustainable Development and ESD

Moreover, information is provided on several other ESD Conferences and international meetings which took place in the lead-up to the World Conference. Additionally, the series of UNESCO Education World Conferences taking place in 2008/09, which the World Conference ESD forms part of, is presented.

Finally, information on the implementation of the Decade in Germany, as host country of the World Conference, is provided.