Youth for Sustainable Development
‘Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.’
- Our Common Future,
World Commission on Environment and Development 1989
ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development Programme promotes Education for Sustainable Devlopment (ESD) and Development Education (DE) in the non-formal education sector. It involves a variety of different projects to provide support for young people, youth leaders, educators and youth workers interested in sustainability issues.
The Youth for Sustainable Development Programme, through peer education and local action projects, uses interactive learning techniques to inspire, motivate and challenge young people to take action in favour of sustainable development. The programme encourages young people to develop an awareness of global issues linking their own lives to young people in the developing world.
This holistic approach encourages a global perspective where economics, environment and society and the interactions between these themes are explored. Through art, music, games, discussion and outdoor activities, young people gain a deeper understanding of sustainable development on a local and global level.