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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)

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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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List of figures...................................................................................................................................................... xvii List of tables......................................................................................................................................................... xix I Introduction ................................................................................................................................................. 1 1 Preface .............................................................................................................................................. 1 2 Objectives......................................................................................................................................... 4 3 Structure ........................................................................................................................................... 4 4 Notion............................................................................................................................................... 5 5 State of the art................................................................................................................................... 6 6 Technical remarks ............................................................................................................................ 8 II Definitions ................................................................................................................................................. 11 1 Education........................................................................................................................................ 11 1.1 Learning .............................................................................................................................. 13 1.2 Training............................................................................................................................... 16 1.3 Teaching.............................................................................................................................. 17 2 Sustainability .................................................................................................................................. 18 2.1 Environmental or ecological sustainability ......................................................................... 21 2.2 Social sustainability............................................................................................................. 22 2.3 Economic sustainability ...................................................................................................... 23 2.4 Cultural sustainability ......................................................................................................... 24 3 Development .................................................................................................................................. 26 3.1 Sustainable development..................................................................................................... 27 3.2 Characteristics ..................................................................................................................... 28 4 Education for Sustainable Development......................................................................................... 30 4.1 Concept ............................................................................................................................... 30 4.2 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ................................... 33 5 Conclusion...................................................................................................................................... 34 III Theory........................................................................................................................................................ 37 1 Nature ............................................................................................................................................. 37 1.1 Networks ............................................................................................................................. 38 1.2 Regimes............................................................................................................................... 39 1.3 Institutions........................................................................................................................... 43 1.4 Synthesis ............................................................................................................................. 51 1.5 Conclusion........................................................................................................................... 54 2 New institutionalism....................................................................................................................... 55 2.1 Comparison ......................................................................................................................... 57 2.2 Approaches.......................................................................................................................... 60 2.3 Modes.................................................................................................................................. 61 2.4 Nexus .................................................................................................................................. 63 2.5 Regime theory ..................................................................................................................... 64 2.6 Topics.................................................................................................................................. 65 2.7 Conceptions of order ........................................................................................................... 67 2.8 Conclusion........................................................................................................................... 69 3 Closing remarks.............................................................................................................................. 69 IV Methodology.............................................................................................................................................. 71 1 Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 71 2 Theory-oriented analysis ................................................................................................................ 73 2.1 Functions ............................................................................................................................. 74 2.2 Criteria ................................................................................................................................ 75 2.2.1 Effectiveness ............................................................................................................ 76 2.2.2 Efficiency................................................................................................................. 80 2.2.3 Compliance .............................................................................................................. 80 2.2.4 Leadership................................................................................................................ 82 2.2.5 Topicality ................................................................................................................. 83 2.2.6 Context..................................................................................................................... 83 2.2.7 Power ....................................................................................................................... 83 2.3 Overview............................................................................................................................. 84 xiv Table of contents 3 Document-based analysis ............................................................................................................... 85 3.1 Primary-source materials..................................................................................................... 85 3.2 Secondary-source materials................................................................................................. 86 4 Data-based analysis ........................................................................................................................ 86 4.1 Qualitative approach ........................................................................................................... 88 4.2 Quantitative approach ......................................................................................................... 93 5 Research assignment ...................................................................................................................... 94 6 Conclusion...................................................................................................................................... 95 V Framework for action................................................................................................................................. 97 1 Global assignment .......................................................................................................................... 97 1.1 Functions ............................................................................................................................. 99 1.2 Role ................................................................................................................................... 100 2 Formulation of...

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