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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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V Framework for action................................................................................................................................. 97 1 Global assignment .......................................................................................................................... 97 1.1 Functions ............................................................................................................................. 99 1.2 Role ................................................................................................................................... 100 2 Formulation of global policies and policy advice......................................................................... 101 2.1 Instruments........................................................................................................................ 102 2.1.1 Strategy .................................................................................................................. 102 2.1.2 Framework ............................................................................................................. 103 2.2 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 103 3 Standard-setting............................................................................................................................ 104 3.1 Instruments........................................................................................................................ 110 3.1.1 Convention............................................................................................................. 111 3.1.2 Recommendation ................................................................................................... 112 3.1.3 Declaration............................................................................................................. 113 3.1.4 Other ...................................................................................................................... 114 3.2 Illustration ......................................................................................................................... 114 4 Monitoring.................................................................................................................................... 115 4.1 Instruments........................................................................................................................ 117 4.1.1 Reporting ............................................................................................................... 117 4.1.2 Evaluation .............................................................................................................. 117 4.2 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 118 5 Conclusion.................................................................................................................................... 119 To what extent does UNESCO provide regulatory frames of reference that may facilitate DESD? This thesis is concerned with UNESCO as a whole institu- tional framework, and not specifically with DESD. Questions of the organisa- tion’s global mandate in role and function must first be addressed. This chapter will outline three basic methods conceived of by UNESCO for carrying out its global assignment in the formulation of global policies and the provision of pol- icy advice, standard-setting, and monitoring. 1 Global assignment Both the foundational background and the present global assignment of UNESCO are informed by three fundamental and universally understood princi- ples of the United Nations:419 a) No application of force and arms; b) Peaceful settlement of disputes; and c) An obligation to promote social and economic progress by peaceful means. 419 Cf. Faundez, Julio (2007): Promoting Dignity, Equality and Mutual Respect among Human Beings. Introduction. In: Yusuf, Abdulqawi A. (ed.): Normative action in edu- cation, science and culture. Essays in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of UNESCO. French edition. Paris / Leiden...

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