Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
The Center’s mission is to promote the use of the Earth Charter in schools, colleges, universities, and non-formal education programmes throughout the world and to contribute to education for a sustainable way of life.
To help fulfill its mission, ECI established, in collaboration with the University for Peace, the UNESCO Chair on ESD and the Earth Charter, to implement training and research activities at the intersection of education, sustainability, and ethics using the Earth Charter as a framework.
The UNESCO Chair on ESD and the Earth Charter will help address the overall goal of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), which is to integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning. In this sense, this UNESCO Chair will contribute in the implementation of UNESCO Resolution Reference 32C/17, which, "recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development", affirms member states' intention to "utilize the Earth Charter as an educational instrument, particularly in the framework of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development"
Read the Journal on ESD, September 2010; 4(2) issue, dedicated to the Earth Charter.