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Lead Agency

UNESCO’s Global Leadership and Co-ordination Role for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014)


Martin Gerner

In the future, advocacy in the field of International Relations will increase in importance. Mandates pertaining to particular issues have therefore been announced and officially assigned. In analysing the normative framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) the prominent and novel concept of lead agency is introduced, applied and comprehensively discussed. The major characteristics and implications of this concept are illustrated in the context of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its mandate for global leadership and co-ordination. This publication contributes to the theory and practice of organizational leadership performance by proposing viable criteria for assessing achievements and challenges. The interdisciplinary approach adopted meets the needs of both practitioners in the field of education for sustainable development and scholars dealing with regime theory and new institutionalism.


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This publication, accepted as doctoral thesis by the Faculty of Law of the Tech- nische Universität Dresden (Germany), has arisen out of research that has been conducted intensively for some years. In this time, I have had the privilege to work with many people whose contributions to research in various forms and towards the drafting of this thesis deserve special mention. It is therefore my pleasure to convey my gratitude to all of them in this humble acknowledgment. I wish first of all to record my gratitude to my doctoral supervisor, the State Minister for Science and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony (Germany), Prof. Sabine von Schorlemer1 for her supervision, advice and guidance from the earli- est stages of my research to the point of publication. Prof. von Schorlemer has, first and foremost, provided encouragement and support in numerous ways, and wholly unflinchingly. Her truly scientific intuition has contributed significantly to the generation of new ideas and of appealing approaches in science – this has been a source of significant inspiration, enriching my perspective on research as well as providing me with memorable experiences throughout the work on the thesis. I have appreciated her pragmatic and strategic method of thinking which has been of particular assistance in times of doubts and uncertainty. Lastly, I wish to thank her for her tacit confidence in me, my skills and my expertise! I am more indebted to Prof. von Schorlemer than she can ever know. In a similar vein, I...

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